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It’s a Japanese custom to return from a trip with omiyage, or souvenirs to share with co-workers, family and friends. Forbes Travel Guide editors say one of the easiest souvenirs to pack in your luggage is green tea, and Kyoto — particularly Ippodo downtown — has some of the world’s best matcha. Around for nearly three centuries, Ippodo sells high-quality Japanese green tea that can’t be found anywhere else. Another easy souvenir is washi, or Japanese paper. A great place to shop for that is Morita Washi in Shimogyo, which sells high-quality printed and undyed papers. And each city in Japan has its own flavor of Kit Kat candy— these change seasonally as well — so look for these candies at any souvenir shop or convenience store.