Narita Airport, sometimes called Japan's foyer, offers a ton of souvenirs, from popular products to local cuisine from all around the country. Here are some Japanese souvenirs that anyone would know that are great as gifts and can be bought in the airport.
1. Narita Yume Bokujo: Ushimaro
Narita Airport is in Narita, Chiba, and their Narita Yume Bokujo ("Narita Dream Farm") offers a marshmallow treat called Ushimaro (1,600 JPY (incl. tax) for 16 pieces). Ushimaro is made with a lot of Yume Bokujo's quality milk so that when you take a bite the rich milky taste spreads through your mouth. You'll be surprised by how different it is from all other marshmallows that you've eaten. It's fine as-is, but one recommended way to eat it is to place it in fresh, hot coffee for Ushimaro Coffee. The sweet milk will add its fragrance to the coffee and it will be like a cafe latte. There are many people who can't forget this taste and buy it often. All of Narita Yume Bokujo's dairy products are made with their own specialty milk, so they're extremely delicious. The price is slightly high but you'll understand thanks to the taste and the quality.
2. Tokyo Banana: Banana Pudding Flavored Miitsuketa
Tokyo Banana is well-known as one of Tokyo's most popular souvenirs. There are multiple variations, but among them the banana pudding flavored Miitsuketa (1,000 JPY (excl. tax) for 8) is quite recommended. Inside the fluffy giraffe-patterned cake is plenty of rich banana pudding-flavored cream. Since the cake is light, it enhances the sweetness of the cream for a delicious treat. It has a shelf life of about 7 days after buying. Other than the banana pudding flavor, there are other kinds of Miitsuketa sold at sightseeing spots like Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, so it would be good to buy a few flavors to compare them. Tokyo Banana is cute and delicious, so it's popular as a souvenir as those who receive it will definitely be happy.
3. Yoshinodo: Tokyo Meika Hiyoko
Hiyoko (561 JPY (excl. tax) for 5) is a beloved treat that was originally developed in Fukuoka but then became famous as a Tokyo product. It's surprising but the recipe hasn't changed in the more than 100 years that it's been available. It was loved as a source of energy for the laborers in coal mines, and ever since then it's been a great souvenir. Please enjoy the origin of Hiyoko as a memory of your trip. The thin skin is filled with kimian (sweet white bean paste mixed with egg yolk) for a smooth, gentle sweetness. It's a taste that children and adults alike can enjoy, and it goes well with tea, coffee, black tea, and milk. The cute shape poking out of the package will definitely make the receiver smile.
4. Airport Delika: Tokyo Rich Sand
Tokyo Rich Sand (648 JPY (incl. tax) for 6) is a cookie sandwich made with two galette cookies made with plenty of almonds held together by fragrant white chocolate. The smooth, rich white chocolate is made by Barry Callebaut, a company famous for Van Houten chocolate. The crispy, aromatic galette cookies are covered in high-quality chocolate, so you'll definitely feel as rich as the name implies. Many people buy it not just as souvenirs but as gifts for themselves. They have a shelf life of 40 days. During the summer, if you eat it after refrigerating it, it's especially delicious because the white chocolate will be crisp too. This product is only sold in Narita Airport and Haneda Airport, so you'll definitely feel special being able to get ahold of such a limited item.
5. YOKU MOKU: Cigare
When you think of YOKU MOKU, you think of their product Cigare. This product is popular because of its crunchiness followed by the melt-in-your-mouth fragrant buttery taste. It uses so much butter that if they used more it could no longer be counted as a treat, and the cigar shape helps enhance the light texture and taste. Cigare is popular not just in Japan but is also flying off the shelves in Dubai. Even though it's 3 times the price in Japan, it seems that many people in Dubai are buying them in bulk. In Japan, the price is reasonable at 1,350 JPY (excl. tax) for a box of 20. Outside of Cigare, their other set products are also very popular. This treat is great not just as a souvenir but also just as a regular gift.
When you're traveling, walking around with souvenirs can be a pain. It would be good to plan to buy souvenirs in the airport shops and duty-free areas before you leave so you can enjoy your trip.
*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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