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Duty-Free for You and Me: What to Buy at Tokyo's Narita Airport

Where: Narita, Japan
September 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | ()

It's easy to whisk through the international terminal passing by the perfumes, bottles of cheap liquor and massive Toblerones on the way to your gate and there are even a few airport where we'd recommend skipping the buys altogether. This is not the case at Tokyo's Narita, which stands out as a supreme airport for shopping.

We already know that Japan has some of the coolest foods to bring home to your friends as souvenirs, and Narita is home to a wealth of duty-free shops selling cakes and candies boxed so primly and perfectly that it's less a question of "should I buy it" and more "how many should I buy?"

Here are a couple of this year's best and quickest buys at Narita:

Green tea Kit Kats:

Japan is very well known for their flavors of chocolate wafers and there's no need to stock up at the 7-11 near your hotel since most airport shops specialize in offering unique flavors all wrapped up and ready to carry-on your flight. We opted for the most popular, matcha-green tea, for ourselves, but keep an eye out for additional flavors like Sakura, sweet potato, wasabi, strawberry cheesecake, and even soy sauce!

Tokyo Bananas:

Any type of snack bearing the name of its city has to be delicious, right? Tokyo Bananas are individually packaged, wrapped boxes of banana-flavored sponge cake filled with banana custard. Basically they're like a banana Twinkie but softer and shaped like the fruit. Boxes make for perfect gifts due to their elegant packaging and association with the metropolis.

Fujisan Crunch Chocolates:

These little chocolates model their silhouette after Mount Fuji, and come boxed ready to fly. Each individual candy goes beyond the Fuji shape to include a little snow cap in the form of delicate white chocolate. Fujisan Crunches are offered in a few flavors, like milk chocolate and strawberry, but we opted for the ubiquitous matcha tea.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the unique finds at Narita, so if you're making your way through the airport soon, keep an eye our for any of the duty-free shops dotted all in every terminal. If you have your favorites, let us know in the comments below so we can try something new on our next swing through!

[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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