Available at Terminals! Five Popular Tokyo Souvenirs
Tokyo has a variety of transportation terminals, including for buses, trains, and airplanes. This time, we introduce popular gifts that can be picked up at each type of terminal. You can't go wrong getting these gifts!
- Butter Butler's Butter Financier / NEWoMan
- The MAPLE MANIA's Maple Butter Cookies / GRANSTA
- Ginno-budo's Chocolate Sands (Almond) / GRANSTA
- Patisserie KIHACHI'S Tokyo Caramel Wafer Bars / Haneda Airport Terminals 1 & 2
- TOKYO BANANA's TOKYOU BANANA Honey Flavor / Haneda Airport Terminals 1 & 2
If Riding an Express Bus, the NEWoMan Ekinaka Area
NEWoMan is a complex connected to JR Shinjuku Station that opened in March 2013. The Ekinaka Area of NEWoMan, which is also connected to the huge bus terminal, Basuta Shinjuku, has as many (about 28) food shops as department store basements and is a perfect place for people taking inter-city buses to pick up souvenirs.
Butter Butler's Butter Financier / NEWoMan
This is a sweet that is definitely worth getting. It is the Butter Financier by Butter Butler (starts at 864 JPY for 4), which came in first among 128 souvenirs in the “Minna ga Okuritai. JR Higashi-Nihon Omiyage Grand Prix” ("Souvenirs to Give to Others" JR East Japan Souvenir Grand Prix). This product, which is made with fermented butter from Switzerland and salt from Guérande in France, is a buttery and sweet with a crunchy surface and a moist sponge soaked with maple syrup that melts in the mouth.
The Butter Gallet (starts at 972 JPY for 9) that was introduced in June are also worth noting. The packaging with a pop-style design of a butler adds to the popularity.
Get Your Shopping Done at GRANSTA in Tokyo Station While Waiting for the Shinkansen
GRANSTA is the largest shopping area inside the ticket gates of a station, and is located in an area that connects the Yaesu and Marunouchi sections of Tokyo Station. A variety of items, including ekiben bento boxes, sweets, cosmetics and miscellaneous items, are sold here. This time, we introduce the products that placed first and second in a ranking of souvenirs that can only be purchased in Tokyo Station.
The MAPLE MANIA's Maple Butter Cookies / GRANSTA
The MAPLE MANIA's Maple Butter Cookies (starts at 864 JPY for 9) are "monster cookies" with a sale of approximately 6 million in one year. This product, which placed first in a ranking of souvenirs only available in Tokyo Station, is characterized by a rich flavor created by the combination of a crisp cookie made with maple sugar from Quebec in Canada and fermented butter and butter chocolate. It is a sweet that can only be bought in Tokyo Station that reminds one of pancakes with plenty of maple syrup. The cute package with the image of its Maple Boy character is also popular.
Ginno-budo's Chocolate Sands (Almond) / GRANSTA
Ginno-budo is a shop on the B1 floor of GRANSTA that sells a variety of sweets of different brands produced by Ginno-budo. This product, which placed second in the ranking of souvenirs only available in Tokyo Station, is a popular standard that holds the record of selling more than 50,000 in one day. It is an item with a crunchy texture and fragrant aroma of roasted cacao that has a sophisticated appearance.
Popular as a Tourist Destination! Shop Before Your Flight at Haneda Airport
Haneda Airport, which has the cafe-planetarium combination, Starry Cafe, and Edo Koji, an area with shops and restaurants with the concept of Edo and the traditional Japanese style of "wa," is popular as a tourist destination and date spot. Here are some recommended sweets to purchase at Haneda Airport.
Patisserie KIHACHI'S Tokyo Caramel Wafer Bars / Haneda Airport Terminals 1 & 2
This product, which is the number one seller at Terminal 1 at Haneda Airport, has refined flavors created by a combination of flaky wafers and caramel. You can choose either the milky sweet milk caramel or slightly bitter caramel depending on your mood. With a sophisticated package with understated colors, it is an item that business people feel comfortable purchasing as gifts.
TOKYO BANANA's TOKYOU BANANA Honey Flavor / Haneda Airport Terminals 1 & 2
Honey is gathered by hard-working bees that fly in the sky. This product, which associates bees and airplanes, was created with great attention to the perfect combination of honey and bananas. Too much honey can overwhelm the banana flavors and too much bananas can block out the benefits of honey. The honey banana custard made to achieve the perfect balance has a soft sweetness and slight tang when it hits the mouth.
Whether you are traveling by bus, train, or airplane, be sure to check out the recommended gifts to purchase at each terminal!
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 08.03.2017]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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