Are you craving for the specialties of different regions of Japan, but do not have the time to actually go there and get them? If that is the case, this is the time to go to the different showrooms from all over the country that you can find in Tokyo! In these showrooms not only can you purchase specialties from each region, but some of them also have annexed cafés and restaurants which will make you feel like you are actually traveling.
1. The Blessings of the Vast Lands of the North! "Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza"
This is a showroom from Hokkaido that has 6 shops all over the country, including the one in Tokyo. It offers a selection of seafood products, agricultural and farming produce, dairy products, and alcoholic beverages from Hokkaido, along with an eat-in corner offering a reasonably priced menu that uses ingredients from Hokkaido. Their popular soft cream, made using only raw milk from Hokkaido, is 360 JPY (tax incl). They also have popular souvenirs such as smoked salmon (1,080 JPY (tax incl)), and "saketoba slices" (951 JPY (tax incl)). In addition to the aforementioned, the potato chip chocolate (778 JPY (tax incl)) by Royce Confect, which is a best-seller all year round, combined the sweetness of the chocolate and the salty taste of potato chips in an exquisite manner. Make sure you give it a try!
2. A Great Assortment of Tasteful Souvenirs! "Kyoto-kan"
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for 1,200 years, which means that not only is it full of places worth visiting, but it also has many specialties and traditional handicrafts to offer. "Kyoto-kan" combines a sales corner offering products such as beautiful Japanese-style sweets, traditionally made dolls, and accessories using kimono designs, with a space for events and workshops. Here, you can enjoy small workshops related to Japanese culture, such as the "Green Tea Experience" (500 JPY) which includes a traditional sweet from Kyoto, and other events where you can experience traditions of Japan according to the season.
3. The Finest Okonomiyaki! "Hiroshima Brand Shop TAU"
The "Hiroshima Brand Shop TAU" is a showroom that encompasses 4 floors full of Hiroshima specialties (from the basement floor to the 3rd floor). There is a sales floor offering various specialties and fine articles of Hiroshima, a restaurant specializing in Hiroshima specialties, and an area for events. The Hiroshima Okonomiyaki (960 JPY (tax incl)) offered by "Hiroshima Okonomiyaki Sansho" is a must-try. This okonomiyaki uses plenty of cabbage and has noodles in it, resulting in a different kind of deliciousness to its Osaka counterpart. The luxury makeup brushes, "Kumano Makeup Brushes" (blush brush 2,376 JPY (tax incl)), which are used by makeup artists all over the world, will make a perfect souvenir. Experience a gentle texture that no other brushes can offer.
4. Make Sure You Taste Their Chicken Dishes! "Shinjuku Miyazaki-kan KONNE"
Miyazaki prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kyushu area, in the southwest of Japan, on the side of the Pacific Ocean. It is characterized by a warm climate, and it is known for its agricultural produce, such as vegetables and fruits, and its farming products such as chicken and beef. Here, people drink more "shochu", a liquor distilled from sweet potatoes, than Japanese sake. "KONNE", located right next to the New South Exit of Shinjuku Station, is popular for its char-grilled Miyazaki jidori chicken (1,028 JPY (tax incl)) and its juice using special mango from the region (1,684 JPY (tax incl)). The shop has an annexed casual restaurant where you can also indulge in "Chicken Nanban" (550 JPY (tax incl)), a local dish consisting in deep-fried chicken karaage with sweet vinegar and tartar sauce.
5. Lots of Specialties from Okinawa, the Tropical Resort of Japan "Ginza Washita Shop"
Okinawa prefecture is located at the southwest of Japan, being its westernmost prefecture. Okinawa's history is different from that of Honshu, both geographically and historically, and the specialties of the area are very different as well. At "Washita Shop", which sells specialties of Okinawa, you can find many rare products unavailable anywhere else, such as "goya", the famous bitter gourd typical of the area, tropical fruits, and processed foods and sweets using brown sugar. "Rafuthy" (1,166 JPY (tax incl)), a sweet and salty pork stew, and "Okinawa Soba" (with a bag of raw noodles, from 273 JPY (tax incl)), whose noodles and seasonings differ from the ones used for soba in Tokyo and Nagano, are very popular items. If you like alcoholic beverages, we also recommend the locally brewed liquor "Awamori" (1,890 JPY (tax incl)).
Japan extends in a narrow line from north to south, and all of its regions offer specialties with different characteristics. Besides the ones featured here, there are many other showrooms from the different prefectures in Yurakucho and Ginza, in Tokyo, so make sure you try and visit some of them.
*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information