[Latest Edition!] If You Can’t Make Up Your Mind, Try These! Top 10 Souvenirs from Tokyo
Tokyo Station is one of Japan's busiest stations with many train lines, including the Tokaido Shinkansen. First Avenue Tokyo Station, which has about 130 shops including restaurants, cafes, and stores selling Tokyo souvenirs of TV and animation characters, fashion items and miscellaneous goods, announced the top 10 Tokyo souvenirs of 2017.
No. 1 is TOKYO BANANA x KITKAT ("I found Tokyo Bananas at Kit Kat") (702 JPY/box of 8; 1,296 JPY/15). This is a collaboration between Tokyo Banana, which is the most popular Tokyo souvenir sweet, and Kit Kat, the No. 1 chocolate brand, with the objective of "becoming the favorite souvenir among people who visit Tokyo".
It evokes the moist cream in Tokyo Banana by making the cream between the wafers smooth. It has a moist + flaky combination unlike a standard Kit Kat. It also incorporates carefully selected banana powder to create a delicate banana flavor like Tokyo Banana.
35,000 of the product was sold within a week of its release, and because it is so popular with lines forming for it on a daily basis, the quantity that each customer can purchase is sometimes limited. It also sells out on occasion so the best bet for getting it is immediately after the shop in Tokyo Okashi Land opens.
No. 2 is Tokyo La Boule (540 JPY/box of 5, 1,080 JPY/12, 1,620 JPY/18) by Shiseido Parlour (in Tokyo Me+). They are cute, ball-shaped chocolates made by coating crisp cookies with chocolate and covering them with crunchy cocoa bits.
No. 3 is the Tokyo Caramel Wafers Bar (1,080 JPY/pack of 10, 1,620 JPY/16) by Patisserie KIHACHI (in Tokyo Me+). They are wafer bars made with seven layers of a thin and light wafer and cream. It is coated with caramel sugar and comes in milk and bitter caramel flavors.
The Tokyo Rusk Collection (1,300 JPY/box of 13, 2,160 JPY/21, 3,240 JPY/38), which comes in at No. 4, is an assortment of Tokyo Rusk's (in Tokyo Me+) Premium Almond Rusk and the Three Types of Chocolat Rusk (milk, raspberry, Uji matcha), that is available for a limited time. It is available only in Tokyo Station, and the package design changes every season.
No. 5 is the Salt Caramel Roll (1,543 JPY) by ARINCO TOKYO STATION (in Tokyo Me+). This roll cake that is only available in Tokyo Station is a standard Tokyo souvenir. It has the perfect combination of moist sponge, fluffy cream and a slightly bitter salted caramel.
No. 6 is another product that is available only in Tokyo Station. The EDOMON de BAUM (702 JPY/box of 5, 1,296 JPY/10) available in Tokyo Souvenir Center (First Avenue Tokyo Station B1) has the perfect balance between baumkuchen and chocolate. The product name is a combination of Edo (the historic name for Tokyo) and "monde" which means "world" in French.
No. 7 is the YOKUMOKU's Saku Saku Carameling (594 JPY/box of 6, 1,080 JPY/12, 1,620 JPY/18). Custard-flavored cream is sandwiched between aromatic caramelized chou.
No. 8 is the Francais Best Selection (3,240 JPY), an assortment of popular products by the "Sweets from Yokohama" store, FRANCAIS, including fruit mille feuille.
Finally, Tokyo Shu Kurin (540 JPY/pack of 4, 1,080 JPY/8, 1,620 JPY/12), a Waran Saiho product available only in Tokyo Station, came in 9th and Tokyo L'Atelier de Sucre's Paw Madeleines (1,198 JPY) came in 10th.
This ranking is based on the sales quantity of the sweets over a span of 16 days, starting on November 15th and running until November 30th, 2017. Tokyo Station is a great place to purchase souvenirs when going home for a visit or returning from a trip to Tokyo, but it may be daunting to make a selection from among all the choices, so refer to this article for assistance.
■First Avenue Tokyo Station
Address: 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 12.26.2017]
*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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