Translated by Jasmine Nishino
The 20 Tastiest And Most Popular Souvenirs From Japan
Would you like to buy food souvenirs from Japan? Please refer to this detailed list of recommended products that are light to carry, very delicious and representative of Japanese cuisine when looking for souvenirs for friends, family and co-workers.
Written by Mayu
1. Yuzu Kosho
Japanese seasonings and sauces are also very popular overseas. Yuzu kosho is especially popular among Europeans and Americans to use for salad, pasta, and other western dishes. Below, we will introduce several seasonings you would want to take home as a souvenir from Japan.
Price: Around 500 yen
Yuzu kosho is a seasoning that is frequently used in the Kyushu Region. It is a paste made using yuzu citrus and chili peppers as the main ingredients; the refreshing taste with a hint of spice makes it flavorful and popular around the world. You can find yuzu kosho in supermarkets in the seasonings section.
2. Shichimi Togarashi Pepper
Price: Around 300 yen
Shichimi Togarashi Pepper is a mix of spices such as sansho pepper, sesame, chili pepper that has been blended and is used as toppings for udon or soba noodles. There are many people who find this distinctive aroma quite addictive. The shichimi togarashi pepper from Yawataya Isogoro in Nagano comes in beautiful packaging that makes it a perfect souvenir.
Price: 300-1000 yen
For those who like sushi and sashimi, try buying some wasabi while in Japan.
The wasabi from Shizuoka prefecture is especially recommended. There are many products such as fresh wasabi in a squeeze tube, which allows you to taste the real flavor of wasabi.
You can find wasabi from Shizuoka prefecture in the food corner of the department stores all over the country.
4. Edible Rayu
Price: Around 300 yen
Edible rayu chili oil is a liquid seasoning that was originally used in Chinese restaurants.
Around ten years ago, a Japanese company made the "Looks spicy, but not super spicy, but still spicy rayu" that had fried garlic in it. It is a seasoning that contains many ingredients and lately it can be found in many households.
There are several ways to use the edible rayu chili oil. Some people put it on rice, ramen, pasta, or even use it in fried rice. This would be a great gift for someone who likes spicy food.
5. Miso / Instant Miso Soup
Price: 300-500 yen
Miso paste already mixed with soup stock is a convenient way of making your own miso soup at home - all you need is hot water and toppings. Or there are also instant miso soup cups that contain freeze dried toppings as well. All you need to do is add hot water to enjoy a hearty cup of miso soup. You can find miso paste or instant miso soup cups in supermarkets all over Japan.
Price: 200-300 yen
Known for its rich flavor, Kewpie Mayonaise can be found in supermarkets and convenience stores.
7. Bulldog Sauce
Price: 200-500 yen
The Worcestershire sauce, chuno sauce, and tonkatsu sauces by the Bulldog brand are all popular seasonings that have gained a fan-base with people living outside Japan. They can be found in any supermarket.
Many people use Worcestershire sauce for yakisoba noodles or okonomiyaki, chuno sauce for potato croquettes, and tonkatsu sauce for tonkatsu.