24 Snacks To Bring Home From Japan

ViaHero · January 15, 2018

No trip to Japan would be complete without trying some of the bizarre snacks that line the shelves of Japanese markets. The following guide will ensure that you try some of the best snacks Japan has to offer. Be sure to stock up on your favorites before heading home... or you might be back sooner than you think!

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1. Crazy Kit Kat Flavors

  • Sake
  • Pear
  • Matcha
  • Cinnamon Cookie
  • Strawberry
  • Edamame
  • Citrus Golden Blend
  • Wasabi
  • Red bean
  • Bitter Almond
  • Grape

2. Unique potato chips

Many of your favorite chip companies from back home make unique flavors in different countries (sour plum Doritos, anyone?) so don't be afraid to try some of these flavors when in Japan: 

  • Sushi
  • Walking taco
  • Calbee's salt and lemon peel
  • Wasabeef (wasabi and beef combo flavor)
  • Pepsi
  • Crispy Salmon Doritos

3. Pocky

These chocolate-covered biscuit sticks are popular around the world, and they originate from Japan! Keep your eyes out for a plethora of flavors, including:

  • Champagne
  • Cocoa milk 
  • Rainbow
  • Wine
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Banana

4. Morinaga DARS

The chocolate bar of Japan! Perfect for sharing, or a quick chocolate fix. Popular flavors include:

  • White chocolate
  • Milk chocolate
  • Green tea
  • Fermented rice
  • Gianduja (hazelnut and almond)

5. Oreos

Try some of these unique Oreos while in Japan:

  • Green tea
  • Birthday cake
  • Tiramisu
  • Lemon Ice

6. Wagashi

Special Japanese sweet, usually enjoyed with tea. Wagashi come in numerous shapes and flavors. They're generally small, perfect for sharing a few different varieties with a friend or two. A few varieties are:

  • Manju - steamed cake with sweet bean paste in the center
  • Dango - sweet rice flour dumplings
  • Rakugan - sticky rice and sugar are molded into various shapes and colors

7. Hiyoko Sweets

Famous company that specializes in producing cute creatures cakes, filled with jam - the most famous is the bird. 

8. Jagabee

Popular potato snack stick - try unique flavors like butter soy sauce, or fish roe. 

9. Takenoko No Sato

Popular chocolate covered biscuits shaped like bamboo shoots. 

10. Mochi

Who could forget mochi while in Japan? These rice cakes can be found all over - don't leave without bringing some home!

11. Tea

Another Japanese classic - tea! There are many famous types of Japanese tea.  Sample as many as you can while on your trip, and bring home your favorite variety.  Be sure to try Ryokucha (green tea), Yamecha, and Genmaicha. 

12. Tokyo Banana 

A very popular Japanese souvenir, featuring a sponge cake filled with a banana cream. 

13. Taiyaki

The famous Japanese cakes shaped like fish, commonly filled with a red bean paste. 

14. Mitsuya Cider Candy

Hard candy flavored like the popular Mitsuya Cider drink.

15. Tohato Caramel Corn

A very addictive snack that looks like cheese curls, but tastes like caramel corn... comes in a lot of unique flavors! 

16. Shrimp Crackers 

This popular Asian snack will satisfy any salty craving!

17. Poifull

Japanese jelly beans! The simple, fruit flavors pack a punch: green apple, grape, lemon, and raspberry. 

18. Cheeza Crackers

Crackers that come in a variety of cheese flavors, from cheddar to camembert.  There is even an avocado flavor! 

19. Japanese watermelon candy

Can be found because it has a picture of watermelon slices on the bag. One of the most popular candies in Japan, very tasty - try the peach and grape flavors as well! 

20. Dorayaki

A popular treat made of two pancakes filled with a sweet red bean paste. 

21. Hello Kitty Treats

The face of Japan, just about anything you can imagine exists in a Hello Kitty variety in Japan. 

22. Wasabi

Get authentic wasabi in Japan. 

23. Japanese Mayonnaise

Similar to American mayonnaise, but with a different flavor and texture. The Japanese also put their mayo on everything from apples to ice cream to bamboo. 

24. Sake

Bring home several small bottles of sake while in Japan and have a tasting. 

Have more questions about what to do in Japan? Here is a list of local Japan Travel Experts who can help you or you can message us any questions you have.  



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