Yokohama is a bustling port city in Japan, just south of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. It is a popular tourist destination well known for its rich history and vibrant metropolitan life; a perfect example of past and present stories coexisting within the same space. While in Yokohama, you should drop by the Ramen Museum to learn more about the origins of ramen, Sankeien Gardens to unlock your inner zen, and Minato Mirai, Yokohama’s largest city centre to shop ‘til you drop. While visiting Yokohama, you will probably be on the lookout for some great souvenirs to purchase for your friends and family back home. Well, not to worry, as there are many great souvenirs, gifts and food items to buy around Yokohama. If you are wondering what to buy in Yokohama on your next trip, below are 10 amazing suggestions for you.
1. Yokohama Lager
Yokohama Lager is Yokohama’s unique version of a beer, known for its fruity aroma and hints of passion fruit in the drink. It is brewed by Yokohama Brewery, a popular tourist attraction which you can visit to experience the beer brewing process and sample some inventive craft beer flavours. The Yokohama Lager can be ordered in many restaurants across Yokohama and goes perfectly with a hot bowl of ramen.
2. Yokohama Minato Mirai Petit Tart
Yokohama Minato Mirai Petit Tarts are colourful tarts sold in boxes of seven. They come in many different flavours, such as cheese, custard and chocolate. They make perfect souvenirs for family and friends back home with a sweet tooth. They can be bought from many souvenir shops and grocery stores around Yokohama, such as the souvenir stall Yokohama Memories.
3. Latitude Momo brand souvenirs
Latitude Momo is a local Yokohama brand specialising in fine silk products. Some unique items made by Latitude Momo include silken handbags, charms, pouches, umbrellas and notebooks. Latitude Momo has also recently branched out into selling premium leather products, including leather bags, pouches and wallets. Latitude Momo’s products can only be found in Yokohama, making it a special and functional gift for friends and family back home.
4. Assorted mini mooncakes
Yokohama is home to Japan’s third-largest Chinatown. In Yokohama Chinatown, a wide range of souvenirs and food items can be bought at affordable prices, including a wide variety of delicious mooncakes. Many traditional, as well as inventive mooncake flavours, are sold around Chinatown, including red bean, chestnut, cream cheese and passion fruit mooncakes for you to share with your loved ones. For tourists with special dietary requirements, many stores selling gluten-free and halal mooncakes have also sprung up around town.
5. Sakura Jelly
If you are looking for a sweet and refreshing treat after a long day of shopping in Yokohama, the Sakura Jelly is the perfect dessert to buy for yourself and your family. The honey-coated jelly is not just tasty but also beautifully made. The clear pink jelly has cherry blossom petals in it, a symbol of Japan, making them great souvenirs for you to take back home.
6. Yokohama's Red Shoes chocolates
This is yet another great souvenir idea for friends and family with a sweet tooth. Yokohama’s Red Shoes chocolates can be bought in Akarenga Depot, a store inside Yokohama’s famous Red Brick Warehouse. These chocolates have an eye-catching package design and the motif of a shoe embossed on each chocolate brick.
7. Handmade handkerchief - Tenugui
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The Tenugui is a traditional Japanese handwoven handkerchief made with gorgeous patterns. It is a gift that is not just functional but also rich in history. The Tengui has been used by the Japanese for hundreds of years and in a variety of ways, as a headscarf, gift wrap and fashion accessory just to name a few. Authentic Tenugui can be purchased in small roadside stores around Yokohama, in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and patterns.
8. Ariake Harbour milk Mont Blanc
If you are looking for a luxury souvenir item to take back to your loved ones, the Ariake Harbour milk Mont Blanc might be the perfect option for you. The Ariake Harbour milk Mont Blanc is a delicious cake made from honey and filled with a rich, smooth chestnut paste, and can be bought at Yokohama ARIAKE, a speciality store located near Yokohama’s port. Yokohama ARIAKE also creates a wide range of other speciality chocolates and cakes, such as their chocolate wafers and honey cakes, baked in store.
9. Ban pin cake
The Ban pin cake looks similar to a cupcake from the outside but is actually a traditional Japanese sweet bean cake topped with roasted walnuts or dried mango. The pillowy pastry is filled with anko, a sweet bean paste made with azuki beans, and is best eaten with a cup of refreshing tea. The Ban pin cake is a cake eaten during traditional Japanese festivals, such as the Sun Festival and the new year. If you are looking for a more traditional delicacy to share with your friends and loved ones, this Ban pin cake is definitely the right option for you.
10. Japanese Crackers at Hama Usagi
Hama Usagi is a small Japanese store focused on selling Japanese Crackers. At Hama Usagi, Japanese Crackers come in a wide variety of flavours, such as the rice, flour and pea flavours. After sampling them, you can choose the flavour which best fits your palette. The crackers are also artfully packaged in printed paper envelopes, making them perfect gifts for friends and family.
Many great souvenirs to buy in Yokohama
Hunting for souvenirs is an integral part of the Yokohama shopping experience. There are many great things to buy in Yokohama, Japan. Whether you are looking for a delicious Japanese delicacy or an intricate traditional fashion accessory, you will be able to find the right souvenir for your friends and family back home. If you are planning your next trip to Yokohama, Japan, be sure to check out the 10 amazing souvenir ideas!
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