Most rest areas have a selection of local goods for sale. Regional sweets and snacks are available along with travel essentials and other more specialized goods. Often there are items that can only be purchased in certain locations, so taking a good look around the shopping area is highly recommended.
Japan is the land of souvenirs. Most Japanese people will buy small gifts to share with their friends and coworkers after a trip. These types of gifts are called omiyage, and inside each rest area there are omiyage shops.
1．Choosing what you want
The omiyage shops offer a wide selection of Japanese sweets. For some products there are small containers filled with samples to try, or a representation of the product inside the packaging. These are intended to help make choosing which item to buy easier.
Please do not open items before you purchase them. It makes it difficult for your items to be scanned at the register and can lead to confusion with the staff.
After finding the items you want, head to the register. Keep in mind that sometimes two souvenir shops will be set up next to each other, so you may need to find the correct register to buy your items.
Because there can be little space between the register and the rows of souvenirs, please be sure to line up in the designated spots so that other customers can squeeze past.
Use your Japanese! Helpful words and phrases
- Kore wa ikura desuka?
- How much is this?
- Kore oh tabete ii desuka?
- Can I eat this?
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- For tips&tricks information, please click here.
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- For information on other facilities, please click here.
- For information about wifi, please click here.
- For information about special services, please click here.
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