Japan is not just a land for the avid traveller, but also one for the enthusiastic shopper. When in Yokohama, what are some perfect gifts to buy for your loved ones back home? From food to regional objects that boast the Yokohama flavour, here’s a list of top 10 recommendations of souvenirs to get from amazing Yokohama!
1. Kitkat (Yokohama Flavour)
This beloved chocolate snack is a gift many will love. There are reportedly over 100 flavours of KitKat unique to different regions. If you’re travelling to Yokohama and is a strawberry lover, then you’re in luck! The regional flavour for Yokohama Kitkat is strawberry cheesecake. So grab one during your trip to Yokohama, and chew on the sweet memories with your loved ones! Find more on the “Gotouchi KitKat (limited edition KitKat series)” from here
You might have seen this layered German cake around, but did you know that this delicacy was brought to Japan by German Karl Joseph Wilhelm Jucheim in 1919? The bakery was then set up in Yokohama in 1921. So here’s your chance to taste the original flavour, or try out the Matcha-icing version that adds a touch of Japanese flavour. To enjoy the distinctive Japanese taste, give the green one a try! It’s always nice to share a slice of sweetness with your loved ones.
3. Handmade handkerchief - Tenugui
Tenugui is a handkerchief, or facecloth. However, in reality, the tenugui is used for a myriad of purposes, including dish towel, table mat or even for wrapping gifts! The tenugui can also make a spectacular interior decoration to remember your trip by. If you’re buying it for a lady, you can even suggest for them to wear it as a scarf during Japanese festivals. The tenugui is an inexpensive, light and thoughtful gift, making it one of the top recommendations for a Yokohama gift.
4. Yokohama MilleFeuille
Yokohama is not just famous for its local or regional specialties, but is also home to many foreign delicacies. Yokohama Millefeuille is a sort of bite-sized crispy pie snack coated with chocolate. The snack comes in three flavours, including matcha, chocolate and strawberry. The packaging also shows streets of Yokohama, making it the perfect gift for your loved one who wants to see and taste the Yokohama flavour.
5. Yokohama Wishbon
Manufactured by Yokohama Brick Street, these crispy almond flavoured snack is like a brick. The excellent chemistry of almond fragrance and the flavour of raw caramel makes for a delicious sweetness with a crispy texture. This interesting brick-like snack will surely give your loved ones a large dose of sweetness.
6. Katsu! Sabure - Kanagawa Daiba Monogatari (Story of Kanagawa Fort)
These are fortune snacks that inherit the history and culture of Yokohama. It is shaped like the Kanagawa Fort built during the Bakumatsu, containing the word “katsu”, which means victory, highlighting the wish for victory. Buy these fragrant buttery biscuits to pray for your loved ones’ success.
7. Yokohama Chocolate "Red Shoes"
Inspired from a nursery rhyme, these chocolates come in the shape of a red shoe, packaged in a matchbox. The lyrics to the nursery rhyme is included in the package. Tickle the imagination of your children with these amazingly crafted chocolate that gave rise to countless stories.
8. Latitude Momo Brand Souvenirs
This is a present geared more towards the ladies. Latitude momo is a Yokohama brand whose products are made with fine silk. They make a variety of stuff, handbags, charms, pouches, umbrellas, notebooks, scarves, plenty of things to please your other half.
9. Yokohama Sesame Dango
Birthed from the Chinatown of Yokohama, these dangos come in three different type of sesames, gold, black and white. Bite-sized and thus easy to eat, these munchy snacks are extremely popular with the kids, perfect for appeasing your kid’s sweet tooth.
10. Yokohama Renga
Although Yokohama has plenty of new types of souvenirs, and plenty of souvenirs that fade into obscurity, the Yokohama Renga has withstood the test of time and is still popular in the present. Packaged as a brick from Yokohama, this tantalising chocolate cake will melt your loved one’s heart.
Shop till you drop!
Let your Yokohama trip end with an endless list of great memories and bags of great souvenirs. From the tasty to the classy, this list will equip you with the best gifting ideas from your trip.
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