GOURMET GIFTS

Train stations, airport terminals, department store basement food sections, and hot new spots all offer souvenirs unique to Tokyo. Of the vast array of choices, gourmet gifts are always a delight to give and receive. So stop by and pick something up, either for yourself or for someone special.

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DEPACHIKA

Depachika, or the food section in the basement (chika) of department stores (depato), is a treasure trove of delicious food. Both long-standing and newer establishments promise to carry an inspired gourmet gift for everyone, whether young or old, man or woman.

Kabuki Pattern Pochiokaki from Akasaka Kakiyama (limited edition for Ginza Mitsukoshi)( External link ) (Japanese)

(Okaki rice crackers in a pochibukuro envelope featuring the pattern of a kabuki costume)

TOKYO SOLAMACHI

Tokyo Solamachi, the shopping complex in TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN, comes complete with 312 shops and restaurants, an aquarium, and a planetarium. This new spot that opened in 2012 offers a range of recommended limited-edition products.

HANEDA AIRPORT

The domestic terminals at Haneda Airport are an ideal place to shop for gifts while waiting for a connection to a destination in or outside Japan. Terminals 1 and 2 combined house some hundred shops carrying limited-edition products from brands both established and original to the airport.

TOKYO STATION

Gransta is home to 50 unique shops plus three open for limited periods. Central Street, which opened in 2012, is lined with specialty ekiben boxed meals sold on trains, at stations across Japan, and at renowned confectioners. The ekinaka, or in-the-station area, of Tokyo Station is the place to go for some of the latest gourmet gifts.

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