Nov. 21, 2019 UPDATE

Best souvenirs for girls! 5 cute Japanese cosmetic products

I’m going to introduce Japanese cosmetics that can only be bought in Kyoto! These cosmetics are good quality and pretty, but still reasonably prized so they make for good souvenirs.
Best souvenirs for girls! 5 cute Japanese cosmetic products

If you go to Kyoto, you have to get some souvenirs that look nice but also cute, and when you have to get something like that, the obvious choice is, of course, Japanese cosmetics! They don’t only look pretty, but the quality is also great, and most of them use only natural ingredients, the packages are cute, and as cosmetics, they help make you look even better! They are great for as presents, or you can get some for yourself, so here we have the five best cosmetics Kyoto has to offer!

1Yojiya’s shop by Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi exit


The history of Yojiya started in 1904, over a hundred years ago. This cosmetics shop is easily recognized by its logo: a girl’s face reflected on a hand mirror. Their very first shop was near Rokkaku-do Temple, but now they have shops all over Kyoto.

blotting paper

Their most popular and famous product is their blotting paper. Yojiya’s blotting paper is made out of special Japanese paper, which is why it can gently remove excess sebum from your face. Because of its effectiveness, this product is continually popular at Yojiya.

yuzu citrus fruit lip balm

This yuzu citrus fruit lip balm has collagen and four kinds of oils in it, and it is really moisturizing making it perfect for those cold winter days. Or you can use it before applying lipstick, so it can moisturize and protect your lips. You can either get the lip balm with citrus fragrance either in the normal packaging or in the more portable stick-type.

Yojiya’s lipstick

Yojiya’s lipstick is also popular, it also moisturizes, and it contains protective hyaluronic acid that is absorbed well by the lips, plus the color is long-lasting. There are 10 colors, so you can choose the one that fits you the best!

Address Asty-road, Kyoto Station Hachijo-guchi, 8-3, Higashishiokoji Takakuracho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Open Hours 9am - 8pm ※2020 September 1~30:11am - 6pm

2Kyoto Nijo Kyo-no Yuki

Kyo-no Yuki

Kyo no Yuki is located close to Nijo-jo Castle, and they offer natural cosmetics that also use ingredients used in Chinese medicine, so their products are very gentle to the skin. Because they only use natural ingredients, their lotions make the skin look smooth even if you have no makeup on.

massage cream

The most basic rule of taking care of your skin is to get rid of the excess skin buildup before applying makeup. By using this massage cream that contains a mix of 27 natural herbs used in Chinese medicine, your face is sure to have a nice shine and smoothness. You can still feel this smoothness even after a night’s sleep!

A perfect souvenir.

When going on a trip, you need to have four things on you: cleansing oil, natural soap, massage cream, and recovery gel cream. Luckily Kyo no Yuki has a set that contains just these four things, and it’s even in a pretty Japanese bag! A perfect souvenir.

you can try their products for free

They also have a corner where you can try their products for free, and most of the products have explanations in English and Chinese. This shop also offers shipping to places other than Japan too, so even if you go back your country, you can still order some cosmetics from Kyo no Yuki!

Address 331-1, Nishidaikokucho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0063
Open Hours 10am - 6pm



This shop, Nursery, mainly sells protective and moisturizing cosmetics and is located in a machiya town house. Their cleansing gels have the refreshing fragrances of fruits and flowers such as grapefruit, yuzu, and cherry blossoms. Using these fragrant gels will make you relax which is why this shop is very popular with women.

lotion with yuzu fragrance

This incredibly moisturizing lotion with yuzu fragrance can permeate to the deeper layers of skin and be absorbed quickly, which even right after using it you can right away see the results. And the yuzu fragrance is almost like aromatherapy, so it’s easy to relax when using this lotion.

light pink cleansing oil

This light pink cleansing oil has the fragrance of cherry blossoms and contains many ingredients that are great for the skin, and just by gently applying it to your face, you can remove your makeup! Just by washing your face with it once you can remove even eyeshadow and lipstick!

4Ueba Esou

Ueba Esou

Kyoto’s Ueba Esou was founded in 1751, which was over 260 years ago, as a paint shop. Now they are famous for their nail polishes that contain scallop shell powder.

nail polish

You don’t need to use nail polish remover to remove the nail polish; you can just use rubbing alcohol so the polish is very gentle to fingernails. Also because of the use of scallop shell powder the smell is very faint so even pregnant women can use these products.

many colors

They have really many colors and you can also try them at the shop, so choose the one you like! These nail polishes are made by using natural ingredients, and they have a long history, so they make great presents for your friends or yourself!

Address 579, Torocho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8401
Open Hours 9am - 5pm

5Kyoto Shabonya

Kyoto Shabonya

Most people may have an image of soap as something you use for washing your hands, but Shanbonya’s soap uses natural ingredients and is gentle to the skin, so it can also be used to wash your face too. This soap shop was founded in 1948 and they have ever since been making great quality soap using only natural ingredients.

traditional Japanese soap

At Kyoto Shabonya you can buy natural, traditional Japanese soap. These soap bars can be used by children, those with sensitive skin, senior citizens, they are great for everyone.

a soap bar using the high-quality sake Jurakuda

They also have made a soap bar using the high-quality sake Jurakudai by Sasaki Brewery, known as Jurakudai soap. In this soap you can smell the fragrance of the rice used in the rice wine and the amino acids in it are great for your skin, making your skin silky smooth.

you can try different soaps

They also have a space where you can try different soaps, so you can find one you like by testing, so you can be sure you like the soap you are buying. The great local, natural ingredients make these cute soap bars a Japanese cosmetic product you just have to get.

Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
All Japanese cosmetics are packaged in cute packages and the products themselves are also cute, so shopping in Japan is a lot of fun. Also, since these cosmetics are used on the skin, it’s nice to know that they use natural ingredients. This is also why you can trust Japanese products. So when you come to Kyoto, don’t only go to the souvenir shops but also go to drugstores and see what they have on offer!
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