24 Snacks to Bring Back from Japan

ViaHero · October 21, 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! Once you give the article a read feel free to message us any questions about Japan's crazy snacks or for more information on all things Japan.

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1. Crazy Kit Kats

These are just a few of the absurd Kit Kat flavors you can buy in Japan. Wasabi? Bitter Almond? You can't not bring these home.

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

2. Bizarre potato chips

Japanese 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 (all the pocky)

pocky in Japan

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

Oh yeah, you read that correctly. Wine-flavored Pocky. Oh yes.

4. Morinaga DARS (Japan's signature chocolate bar)

dars chocolate in Japan

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. Unique Oreos

Oreos in Japan

Try some of this unique Oreos while in Japan:

  • Green tea
  • Birthday cake
  • Tiramisu
  • Lemon Ice

6. Wagashi (traditional Japanese cakes and dumplings)

Wagashi in Japan

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. Adorable Hiyoko Sweets

The 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 (duh) 

Mochi in Japan snacks

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. It's like a twinky, but not disgusting.

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  

shrimp crackers in Japan

This popular Asian snack will satisfy any salty craving!

17. Poifull Jelly Beans

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

Dorayaki pancake treats in Japan

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

japanese mayo snacks to bring home

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.  And before your trip, make sure to check out:




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