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The 2020 Shinjuku Valentine Gift Guide

Feb 03, 2020

One of the first things most people think about in February is Valentine’s Day. It’s fun to shop around for a gift that you think the recipient will like! In this article, we will introduce you to some shops in Shinjuku that have a great Valentine’s Day selection!

Japanese Valentine Traditions

Valentine’s Day is known across the world as a day where people give their special someone a present to show their love. In the west, couples exchange gifts with each other on this day. In Japan however, it is typical for women to give chocolate to men on Valentines and to use the holiday as a chance to confess their love to the person they have a crush on.

Not only do women give chocolate to the man they are dating or have a crush on, but also to male co-workers, friends, and elders. They do not give the same kind of chocolate to each person either – different types of chocolate are given for different relationships. One month later, on March 14th, men will give gifts to women they received chocolate from on Valentine’s Day.

If you need to pick up some Japanese style Valentine’s Day gifts, then keep reading to find out the best places to shop in Shinjuku!

Buy Orange Peels Covered in Chocolate at Oggi!

Oggi is a western-style sweets shop that was founded in 1978 with the purpose of bringing the best out of the ingredients used. Since then, they have created many delicacies that are exclusive to their shop.

For Valentine’s Day, why not pick up their Orange Peel Chocolate? Craftspeople have specially crafted this handmade dessert. Valencia orange peels are drizzled with sugar then simmered in orange liqueur before being coated with dark chocolate. The sweet orange peels and bitter dark chocolate are a wonderful combination, making this dessert one that Oggi takes pride in.

Oggi (Odakyu Shinjuku Branch)
Odakyu Department Store B2, 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 10:00 AM-8:30 PM (Sundays and National Holidays – 10:00 AM-8:00 PM) *Open the same hours as the department store.
Telephone number: 03-3342-9180

Pick Up Some Playful Chocolates at Hilton Tokyo

Hilton Tokyo, known for its dessert buffets, is selling Valentine’s Day gifts for a limited time. Several different kinds of chocolate can be found in the red strawberry-shaped box. Choose from the small size with 2 pieces, the medium with 11, or the large one with 17.

You can find strawberry-flavored chocolate in the box, as well as assorted bonbons such as the Framboise Jeune, raspberry fondant coated in black chocolate, Parfum Depis, a chocolate flavored with spices, and many more. Not only do these chocolates taste great, but they look great as well! They also offer sweets such as the Chocolate Citron for those who are not a fan of sweet things, so you’re sure to be able to find something for everyone!

On sale at Chocolat Boutique Tokyo (Hilton Tokyo 1F) and Patisserie Filou (Hilton Tokyo 2F)
6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
On sale from Thursday, January 24th to Friday, February 14th, 2020
Chocolat Boutique open from 9:00 AM-8:30 PM, Patisserie Filou open from 11:00 AM-10:00 PM

Takeo Kikuchi – High-Quality Mature Fashion

If you don’t want to give chocolate to your partner, then how about some socks?

Takeo Kikuchi is a Tokyo-based brand that plays with colors, adding a touch of modern to men’s fashion.

This brand has a history of manufacturing high-quality products, as is expected for Japan, and their products can be worn anytime. Takeo Kikuchi offers stylish neckties, socks wrapped in packaging that looks like a chocolate bar, handkerchiefs and more. Stop by one of their shops and find something for the special man in your life!

Takeo Kikuchi (Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Branch)
Odakyu Department Store 7F, 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Telephone Number: 03-5381-1590
Hours of Operation: 10:00 AM-8:30 PM (Sundays and National Holidays – 10:00 AM-8:00 PM) *Open the same hours as the department store.

Shinjuku is filled with places to shop, making it a bit overwhelming if you’re in the market for chocolate. Hopefully this article will lead you in the right direction so you can pick the right gift for the occasion!