The Best Japanese Gifts for Travelers

Looking for holiday gifts for the Japanese culture lover in your life? Moon, the publisher leading travelers since 1973, has got your back. Here’s our roundup of the best Japanese gifts for travelers, featuring guidebooks, home goods made in Japan, delicious treats for the foodie in your life, and more.

Musubi Kiln Japanese Teacup

This unique teacup features Hokusai’s Red Fuji, capturing the precise moment the rising sun turns Mount Fuji red on a clear early morning.

Neco Hasami Bowl Set

For the cat lover in your life, this set of four porcelain bowls is the perfect size for dessert or side dishes. Made in Japan, it comes in an original wooden gift box featuring a small illustration of a cat.

Yoku Moku Holiday Petit Cinq Delices Cookies

These beautifully packaged all-natural butter creations are made in Tokyo and contain no additives, preservatives, or chemicals. The founder of Yoku Moku traveled north of the Arctic Circle to try his first butter cookie, and then devoted the rest of his life to his craft.


Dating back to the Heian era (794-1192 AD), tenugui is a common household item in Japan. These versatile cloths can be used as anything from washcloths to headbands to simple decoration.

You can find a variety of styles and patterns from Kiriko Made, a Portland-based Japanese textiles and apparel brand that encourages sustainability and zero waste.

Taiyaki Maker

Taiyaki, Japanese cakes commonly filled with red bean paste, are one of Japan’s most popular street foods.

This taiyaki iron includes instructions on how to fill your taiyaki with the traditional azuki bean paste or a filling of your choice, such as peanut butter or jam. For anyone who loves experimenting in the kitchen, this gift is a winner.

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Japanese gift ideas: travel, cookbooks, home goods