We stumbled across Passport – now mostly rebranded as HAPiNS – on our first trip to Japan and it was so cute it’s been a firm favourite on all our return trips. It always has great displays of kawaii pillows, plush and homeware that are impossible to resist!
Since pillows are a great thing to have around in your hotel and on the flight home, I often indulge, bringing home an onigiri rice ball on my first trip and a Fuku Fuku Nyanko cat this year. They’re always great quality and my onigiri is still going strong after ten years.
It’s also one of the few places you can find Hannari Tofu, which come in lots of different sizes and flavours. If you’re lucky, you might spot some fun seasonal designs like these amazing Halloween witches from 2008.
The homeware is adorable too with lots of cute characters that are designed in-house. The Fuku Fuku Nyanko cats were new on my most recent trip, available as everything from plushies to clocks! I settled for a towel which is adding some extra cute to my bathroom.
If you’re looking to make your home more kawaii then HAPiNS is a great place to start, with lots of things you won’t see anywhere else, or online. My home is definitely all the cuter for my visits there.
How to get there
My favourite branch is at the ALTA mall inside Sunshine City near Ikebukuro station but there are also branches in the Marui Annex at Shinjuku and Mark City near Shibuya station. There are hundreds more branches in the Tokyo suburbs and across Japan – check the store list.
Last updated: 27 July 2018