INSIDE: All you need to know about the best Japanese snacks to eat during your Tokyo vacation & the must-buy Japanese snacks to take home.
In no particular order, these are the best Japanese snacks you cannot possibly live without.
You no longer need to wonder what snacks to buy in Japan.
On our favourite Japanese snacks list, we’ve included popular sweet AND savory Japanese snacks you can buy in a Japanese supermarket, cafe or restaurant including:
- Japanese rice crackers
- Japanese dagashi snacks
- Japanese sweet snacks
- Japanese biscuit snacks
- Japanese ice cream snacks
- Japanese chocolate snacks
- Japanese desserts, and
- traditional Japanese snacks to nibble on when you enjoy green tea
We’ve also included a link to a comprehensive list of fresh Japanese street food snacks you are likely to encounter at a Japanese festival, Japanese market, or community event.
Plus, ideas of healthy Japanese snacks for kids when you are travelling in Japan.
Take a look below for details.
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- 1 THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BEST JAPANESE SNACKS TO EAT
- 2 No.1: POPULAR DAGASHI SNACKS
- 3 Umaibo
- 4 Baby Star Dried Ramen Noodles
- 5 Baby Star Potato rounds
- 6 Cabbage Taro
- 7 No. 2: POPULAR JAPANESE SNACK SOUVENIR IDEAS
- 8 Pocky Japanese chocolate sticks
- 9 Pretz Stick Pretzels
- 10 Kappa Ebisen
- 11 Tohato Caramel Corn
- 12 Calbee ‘Kata Age’ potato chips
- 13 Calbee Jagariko potato sticks snack
- 14 Pringles in unique flavors
- 15 Calbee potato chips
- 16 Saya Endo
- 17 No.3: JAPANESE INSTANT CUP NOODLES
- 18 No.4: TOKYO BANANA
- 19 Where to buy Tokyo Banana in Japan
- 20 Tokyo Banana at Tokyo Train Stations
- 21 No.5: JAPANESE KIT KATS
- 22 No.6: JAPANESE CHOCOLATE SNACKS YOU MUST BUY IN TOKYO
- 23 Japanese Chocolate Bars
- 24 No.7: CRUNCHY JAPANESE CRACKERS
- 25 Most popular Japanese rice crackers to buy in Japan
- 26 Kaki no Tane rice crackers
- 27 Hai Hain rice crackers.
- 29 Pota Pota-Yaki
- 30 Usuyaki rice cracker
- 31 Tsu no Edamame rice crackers
- 32 No.8: JAPANESE BISCUITS
- 33 Koala’s March biscuits (Koala no March)
- 34 Hello Panda Cookies
- 35 Melon Pan cookies
- 36 Puku Puku Tai Chocolate Wafers
- 37 Yan Yan Japanese snack food made by Meiji Seika.
- 38 Kinoko no Yama biscuits
- 39 No.9: JAPANESE CANDY
- 40 NO.10: JAPANESE ICE CREAM
- 41 NO.11: JAPANESE DESSERTS & JAPANESE CAKES
- 42 Mochi Cake
- 43 Anmitsu
- 44 Japanese Raindrop cake
- 45 Japanese Castella cake
- 46 Japanese Fruit Sandwiches (Furuit Sandwiches)
- 47 Coffee jelly
- 48 Kibi Dango
- 49 No.12: WAGASHI JAPANESE SWEETS served with green tea
- 50 No.13: JAPANESE DRINKS
- 51 NO.14: JAPANESE STREET FOOD SNACKS
- 53 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- 54 The Best Japanese Snack Companies?
- 55 Are Japanese Snacks Healthy?
- 56 WHERE TO BUY JAPANESE SNACKS IN TOKYO
- 57 Where to buy Japanese snacks in Shinjuku?
- 58 Where to buy Japanese snacks in Shibuya?
- 59 Order Japanese Snacks Subscription Box
- 60 Looking for More Fun Food to Try in Tokyo & Places to go in Tokyo?
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BEST JAPANESE SNACKS TO EAT
Authentic Japanese Snacks are fun souvenirs from Japan
We’ve listed the Japanese food snacks that make the best souvenirs from Tokyo.
These Japanese snacks are cheap, lightweight, and fun to share.
Hot tip: Buy Japanese snacks with unique or unusual flavors such as umeboshi (plum) or wasabi (hot strong horseradish flavor) for a fabulous foodie gift for friends and family.
There’s only one thing we left out of our guide.
The answer to the question, “Why are Japanese snacks so good?”
As far as Tokyo souvenir snacks go, you can’t go past the products in this list.
No.1: POPULAR DAGASHI SNACKS
Looking to buy cheap Japanese snacks that taste good? Choose any one from this list of Dagashi Japanese cracker snack options.
Visit any Japanese supermarket and you’ll find aisles of Japanese food snacks including cheap Japanese snacks for kids called Dagashi.
Dagashi is the colloquial name given to cheap Japanese candies and Japanese snack foods and it means ‘pointless snacks’. (Da is pointless or futile, Kashi is snacks)
Dagashi snacks are designed for kids.
(That doesn’t mean kids are the only ones who eat them!)
In the past, children bought dagashi snacks straight from the corner store. Cheap dagashi snacks are both sweet and savory, and cost as little as 25 yen each.
They are not healthy snacks in Japan, because they are mass produced, of dubious quality, include artificial ingredients, and usually sweetened with syrup or fruit juice.
But kids still love them as the price is right, and their Japanese packaging with cute kawaii characters targets this market.
The Best Dagashi Snacks
- Baby Star Ramen and Potato rounds
- Cabbage Taro
These individually wrapped puffed corn snacks (pictured above) feature a distinctive cat character on the Japanese packaging.
They come in lots of different flavors including our favourite – Cheese.
You can also buy Umaibo corn snacks in sweet flavors like cinnamon apple, chocolate and sugar rusk,
Savory flavors include:
- Takoyaki (octopus)
- Tonkatsu sauce
- Corn potage
- Shrimp mayonnaise, and
- that gross Japanese delicacy, natto!
Buy now on Amazon: Umaibo Japanese Corn Puffed Snacks Variety Pack – 10 flavors
Baby Star Dried Ramen Noodles
Baby Star Ramen is a good snack on the go, or after a playground stop.
This crispy crunchy dried ramen noodle snack is most popular in chicken flavor, but they also come in flavours including:
- Miso, and
You can buy Baby Star crunchy ramen noodles for kids, but they also sell grown up versions too, in:
- chilli pepper
- ume shio
- tonkatsu and
- soy sauce flavors.
When the boys saw these, Ned said ‘why are some Japanese snacks so weird?’
Buy now on Amazon: Baby Star Ramen – four flavor pack
Image credit: Oyatsu snack company
Baby Star Potato rounds
Baby Star also sell potato round crackers (Baby Star Potato Maru) in:
- plain potato
- fried onion
- consomme, and
- nori seaweed flavors.
Another hit with the kids.
Cabbage Taro is another puffed corn snack, this time shaped like a ball, in two different flavours.
One is stronger that the other.
Try both to see your preference.
Buy now on Amazon: Cabbage Taro dagashi snacks
No. 2: POPULAR JAPANESE SNACK SOUVENIR IDEAS
These are the best snacks in Tokyo that are popular with tourists.
Pop them on your list of the best Tokyo snacks to buy.
Pocky Japanese chocolate sticks
Look out for seasonal release limited edition flavors too.
Pocky first launched in 1966 and the original chocolate Pocky in their signature red box is still my favourite.
I love that you can eat these snacks without getting sticky chocolate fingers.
These top of our list of Tokyo must buy items.
Japanese Pocky Flavors
Try Pocky Japanese snacks in all the flavors.
- Almond Crush
- Chocolate Mint
- Crunchy Coconut Chocolate
- Crunchy Strawberry Chocolate
- Matcha Green Tea
- Sakura Cherry Blossom
- Original Milk Chocolate, and
- Every Seasonal Pocky flavor around.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Buy now on Amazon:
Pretz Stick Pretzels
Pretz sticks are seasoned in unusual savory tastes such as:
- Mild Salad (!)
- Salad seasoned
- Kari Kari Basil and Olive
- Kari Kari butter and soy sauce
- Fermented creamy butter
- Crunchy cheese
- Osatsu Sweet Potato, and
- Mild roast flavors
They sound gross, but they taste GREAT!
These are crunchy shrimp flavored chips, made from wheat flour.
Manufactured by Calbee of Japan.
Buy now on Amazon: Calbee Shrimp flavored chips baked – pack of six (US packaging)
Tohato Caramel Corn
This puffed corn comes in Chocolate, Chocolate mint, caramel, fruit parfait, Honey soy, condensed milk, green tea, tiramisu, and peanuts.
Buy now on Amazon: Tohato Caramel Corn Original
Calbee ‘Kata Age’ potato chips
In seaweed, salty wasabi, light salt or black pepper flavors
Calbee Jagariko potato sticks snack
Jagariko potato snacks stand like fries in a noodle cup.
They come in flavors including hot chilli, moriko salt and corn, edamame salty taste, salad, and garlic edamame potato chips flavor.
Buy now on Amazon: Calbee potato sticks – Salad flavor
Pringles in unique flavors
Look out for Pringles in these flavors:
- Egg sandwich pringles
- Japanese nori seaweed flavor
- Sukiyaki pringles
- Garlic Shrimp pringles
- Wasabi mayonnaise
- Wasabi and beef
- Karaage fried chicken
- Mentaiko spicy cod roe
- Butter and soy sauce
- Fried noodles
- Squid Yakisoba pringles
- Chicken Soy Sauce Ramen pringles
Buy now on Amazon: Seaweed Pringles (product of Thailand)
Calbee potato chips
The best ones are the potato crisps drizzled with CHOCOLATE!
If you love eating edamame soy beans, try this Edamame snack:
- Edamame Soy Bean Crisps by Calbee.
No.3: JAPANESE INSTANT CUP NOODLES
We also can’t forget Cup Noodles.
Not just for kids, Japanese cup noodles are a snack enjoyed by everyone in Japan, young and old.
We love the Cup Noodle brand by Nissin the best.
Their flavors include:
- Yakisoba cup noodles
- Chicken Ramen
- Chilli Tomato
- Cheese curry
- Singapore Laksa, and
- Creamy seafood.
Look out for cup noodles by Maruchan and Marutai too.
Their Japanese cup noodle bowls feature ramen, soba, and udon, with all kind of fun additions such as wontons!
Maruchan’s Curry Udon is a cup noodle bowl with a difference.
Buy now on Amazon: Japanese Ramen Cup Noodles – Curry Flavor (Pack 6)
No.4: TOKYO BANANA
A special mention must go to the Tokyo Banana Cake, the number one Japanese souvenir.
Buy Tokyo Banana if you are unsure what snacks to buy in Tokyo for your friends.
Tokyo Bananas are only available in Japan (unless you buy on Amazon.)
These cream-filled cakes are a Japanese delicacy and come in numerous flavors including:
- coffee milk
- banana yogurt
- banana caramel custard cream, and
- chocolate banana cream.
Buy now on Amazon: Tokyo Banana Cake – 8 pieces
You can also buy different snack variations of Tokyo Banana.
- Tokyo Banana Biscuit. Tokyo Banana cookies are another much-loved treat with tourists in Japan.
- Tokyo Banana Castella Cake
- Tokyo Banana Pie
- Tokyo Banana Kit Kat, in both original chocolate and Gold caramel flavors
Buy now on Amazon: Tokyo Banana Kit Kat (original)
Where to buy Tokyo Banana in Japan
If you want to know where to buy Tokyo Banana gift boxes, we suggest heading to a Japanese department store food hall in any major city.
You’ll definitely find Tokyo Banana outlets here:
- Daimaru Tokyo
- Seibu in Ikebukuro
- Keio Shinjuku
- Isetan Fuchu
- Odakyu Machida
- Sogo Yokohama
- Diversity Tokyo Plaza
- Aqua City Odaiba
- Tokyo Me+ Tokyo Station Food Hall
You’ll also find Tokyo Banana stores at these Tokyo attractions
- Tokyo Sky Tree
- Tokyo Tower
- Akihabara RAdio Hall
- Bic Camera in Shinjuku, Yurakucho and Akiba
Tokyo Banana at Tokyo Train Stations
Don’t forget to look for Tokyo Banana at Japan’s main train stations.
Find Tokyo Banana at JR Tokyo Station – there are plenty of shops selling Tokyo Banana there.
You can also find Tokyo Banana at these Tokyo train stations:
- JR Ueno station
- JR Ikebukuro station
- JR Shinagawa station
- JR Hachioji Station
- JR Shinjuku station
- JR Machida station
- JR Shin-Yokohama station
- JR Yokohama station
- JR Maihama station (the home of Tokyo Disneyland)
- Tobu Sky Tree Line Asakusa Station, and
- JR Omiya station.
Please inquire at the customer service center.
Select hotels also sell Tokyo Banana including:
- Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba.
Grab them last minute at one of Japan’s airports including:
- Narita airport Terminal 1, 2 or 3
- Haneda Airport international terminal
- Haneda Airport Terminal 1 and 2.
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No.5: JAPANESE KIT KATS
One of the most popular Japanese snacks for visitors to buy is packs of Japanese KitKats.
(Read our guide to Japanese chocolate here.)
Kit Kats in Japan come in unusual flavors including the most popular Japanese Green Tea Kit Kats (Matcha kitkats) and the limited edition Tokyo Banana Kit Kats we mentioned above.
You can also find them in flavors such as:
- purple sweet potato
- strawberry cheesecake
- apple pie
- red bean sandwich
- rum raisin
- Hokkaido melon
- chocolate strawberry
- autumn chestnut
- Japanese black tea
- dark chocolate
Buy now on Amazon: Japanese Kit Kat 16 pcs Variety pack
No.6: JAPANESE CHOCOLATE SNACKS YOU MUST BUY IN TOKYO
Do not leave Japan without these Japanese chocolates stashed in your suitcase.
I’ve listed them in alphabetical order.
Just in case you are wondering, my favourite Japanese chocolate is MILK CHOCOLATE CRUNKY BALLS.
Here they are from A-Z:
- Chocolate mini pieces
Apollo Chocolate by Meiji
- Chocolate strawberry flavor. Cutest Japanese chocolate snack around. Buy now.
Bake Chocolate filled baked brownie cake.
- Also available in Mint Ice Cream, Strawberry, Green Tea, and Creamy Cheesecake
- Choco Baby Chocolate pellets by Meiji
Choco Ball by Morinaga
- Featuring the mascot Kyoro-chan on the packaging.
- In flavors including Caramel, Peanut, Milk Caramel, Strawberry, White Milk and Chocolate
- Available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, strawberry, green tea chocolate and green tea cookie chocolate
Galbo chocolate minis
- Available in regular, salty caramel, soy milk and kinako, soy milk green tea, strawberry and white chocolate flavors
Meiji Filled Cookies
- In rich orange, rich strawberry, and rich green tea
Kinoko no Yama
- Meiji’s chocolate snack – chocolate topped toadstool-shaped biscuit snack
Takenoko no Sato
- Meiji’s chocolate snack – chocolate topped snack shaped like bamboo shoots
- Chocolate covered almonds in a handy snack box. Buy now – 3 pack.
Milky Chocolate bar
- Delicious with a milk cream filling.
- Look for the cute Peko-chan girl on the packaging.
- kuromitsu kinako
- mint ice cream
- rich ganache
- green tea matcha, and
- the special collaboration with Gudetama, Caramel pudding!
Japanese Chocolate Bars
A special mention must go to Japanese chocolate.
Japanese chocolate is remarkably different in taste to Hershey’s or Cadbury chocolate, and the kids love it.
Try one of these for starters:
- Dars chocolate bars in all the flavors
- Crunky milk chocolate bar (also in strawberry and vanilla ice cream)
- The original Meiji Milk Chocolate bar in the distinctive brown card and gold foil packaging
- Meiji THE chocolates.
- Royce chocolate. One of the most popular chocolates in Japan.
READ MORE: Just in case you missed it! Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best Japanese Chocolate
In this article, we tell you all the secret stuff about:
- where to buy chocolates in Tokyo
- recommendations for the best chocolate in Tokyo for kids, and
- share details on where to buy Royce chocolate in Tokyo.
No.7: CRUNCHY JAPANESE CRACKERS
Japanese crackers made from rice are called beika.
If you are gluten free, or coeliac, be aware that not all Japanese crackers are made from rice. Some are made from wheat flour or barley flour.
Are Japanese rice cracker snacks healthy? Some are better than others.
The best Japanese rice crackers are Senbei.
Senbei are best straight off the grill if you can find them (try a festival or Japanese food hall for starters, or head to Asakusa)
You can also find packaged versions in all Japanese department stores in a sizeable array of shapes, sizes, and flavors.
Muji Shibuya Grocery Store
Muji in Shibuya has an enormous selection of Japanese rice crackers and traditional Japanese sweets.
This shop should be top of your list of shops to visit in Tokyo.
MUJI TOKYO in Shibuya is 5 storeys of Japanese simplicity and elegance, perfect for anyone who loves Japanese design. The Muji Food Hall on the B1F level is a must-do.
But we digress.
Most popular Japanese rice crackers to buy in Japan
The most popular Japanese rice crackers to buy in Japan include:
- Kaki no Tane rice crackers
- Hai Hain rice crackers
- Pota Pota-Yaki
- Usuyaki rice cracker
- Tsu no Edamame rice crackers
See below for details.
Kaki no Tane rice crackers
Kaki no Tane rice crackers (pictured above) are made by Kameda.
My kids like the original version – a mix of crackers and peanuts, but why not try the Wasabi flavored version of this all-time Japanese classic?
Buy now on Amazon: Original Kaki no Tane – 6 pack
Hai Hain rice crackers.
The best rice cracker in Japan for children, and very popular among Japanese parents, because they are made as a safe treat that won’t trigger allergies.
Two flavors are available – the classic plain one, and the vegetable version flavored with pumpkin, tomato, carrot and spinach.
Buy now on Amazon: Hai Hain rice crackers – vegetable flavor
Pota Pota-Yaki continue to be a best seller in Japan. Families love them. Children love them. Adults love them. These chemical-free crunchy rice crackers taste of sweet soy sauce. You can’t get enough.
The only downside is that they come individually wrapped in plastic and we try to avoid that wherever possible.
Buy now on Amazon: Pota PotaYaki – pack of 2
Usuyaki rice cracker
At home, my boys LIVE on seaweed crackers and the Usuyaki rice cracker by Sarada is about as close as we can find in Japan.
We bring these home to eat with brie and dip.
Tsu no Edamame rice crackers
If you love edamame green soybeans, the Tsu no Edamame rice cracker snack is the next best thing.
Crunchy and slightly salty, they are good as a travel snack on the go.
Wondering where to buy Japanese rice crackers?
See the list of Japanese snacks shops below.
No.8: JAPANESE BISCUITS
These are my top recommended Japanese souvenirs.
Koala’s March biscuits (Koala no March)
Koala no March – the Japanese term for them meaning the Koala’s March – are the cutest bite-sized Koala-shaped cookie snack.
The original Japanese biscuits are filled with milk chocolate but you can now buy them in:
- cocoa and milk
- cream pudding, and
- strawberry chocolate flavor too.
They are almost too cute to eat!
Look for the distinctive hexagon shaped packaging in green and yellow.
Buy now on Amazon:
Hello Panda Cookies
This brand of Japanese biscuit, manufactured by Meiji Seika.
Each biscuit consists of a small hollow shortbread layer, filled with either:
- double chocolate
- matcha green tea or
- chocolate filling.
Packets can also be bought containing a mixture of flavours.
Buy now on Amazon:
Cute melon-flavored cookies that kids love.
Puku Puku Tai Chocolate Wafers
These fish-shaped wafer biscuits come in Caramel chocolate, Mint chocolate, Strawberry and Milk chocolate flavors.
Yan Yan Japanese snack food made by Meiji Seika.
We are lucky enough to find this Japanese snack in our local supermarket at home.
A Yan Yan snack has biscuit sticks on one side of the container, and a sweet frosting dip for the sticks on the other.
The dip comes in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.
Buy now on Amazon:
Kinoko no Yama biscuits
A special mention must again go to Roam the Gnome‘s favourite Japenese snacks are “Kinoko no Yama” because they are toadstool shaped!
Kinoko no Yama means ‘mushroom mountain’
The biscuit is milk chocolate-dipped on the toadstool cap and has a plain biscuit for the stem. Keep a look out for regional versions in quirky flavors.
You can also find chocolate cookies shaped like bamboo shoots. These Takenoko no Sato are made by the same company.
Buy now on Amazon: Kinoko no Yama cookies – 3 pack
No.9: JAPANESE CANDY
There are so many Japanese candies that we wrote a whole story about popular Japanese candy.
We feature the best candy in Japan, including the current fad, DIY candy kits
(Also called Popin’ Cookin’ Japanese candy kits).
Japanese candy & gummy lollies should be in your Top 10 things to buy in Tokyo.
NO.10: JAPANESE ICE CREAM
Put THESE Japanese ice creams on your foodie bucket list and try them at least once.
- Kakigori (pictured above) is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with sickly sweet syrup and a topping of condensed milk. SO good!
- Green Tea ice cream, a perennial favourite for both locals and tourists visiting Japan.
- Mochi ice cream, a Japanese medley of mochi sticky rice filled with flavored ice cream and frozen
NO.11: JAPANESE DESSERTS & JAPANESE CAKES
Mochi Japanese snacks (often called Daifuku) is my all-time favourite dessert cake in the world.
I can’t get enough of the chewy glutinous rice cakes normally filled with sweet red bean (azuki beans), or rolled in sweet kinako roasted soybean flour.
Luckily for me, you can buy them in Family Mart every single day of the year.
A classic Japanese dessert featuring:
- cubes of white colored jelly served with fruit
- miniature mochi rice balls
- ice cream and
- a sweet syrup (my absolute favourite!)
Japanese Raindrop cake
Looks like a giant raindrop that has landed on a plate!
Made from water and agar, these first caught the world’s attention in 2014.
Both mochi and raindrop cakes are the perfect vegan snacks in Japan.
Japanese Castella cake
Japanese version of sponge cake. Not to be missed.
Japanese Fruit Sandwiches (Furuit Sandwiches)
Hunt down this funny but popular Japanese snack!
A fruit sandwich is crust-free slices of Japanese white milk bread (shokupan) that are filled with whipped cream topped with fresh fruits and stuck together.
Common fruit sandwich fillings include:
- kiwi fruit
- banana and
Shokupan is a white square bread.
Another Japanese favourite with adults and teens alike.
You can even buy instant packets in the supermarket to make at home.
Mochi on a stick, covered in kinako powder and served with sweetened cold green tea.
I never ever visit Japan without a stop at my favourite street food stall selling dango in Asakusa.
(It’s number 5 on the list of the best 16 awesome things to do in Asakusa with kids)
No.12: WAGASHI JAPANESE SWEETS served with green tea
Wagashi sweets are as good to look at as they are to eat.
These traditional Japanese snacks are shaped by hand into delicate flowers and leaves, squares of goodness, balls or peachy domes.
Many of them are filled with sweet red bean paste.
Wagashi Japanese snacks are a delicacy enjoyed at a traditional green tea ceremony in Japan, during festivals, and as something to share with visitors to your home at afternoon tea.
Japanese people love to take gift boxes of regional and seasonal wagashi home to their family and friends as a token of their trip.
No.13: JAPANESE DRINKS
My favourite drink in Japan is, without doubt, Royal Milk Tea.
Hot or cold, it’s the best drink in Japan.
I’m chuffed you can now buy Royal Milk Instant Tea Mix in sachets to take home, 10 servings in a bag.
Japan is the home of the biggest range of drinks we’ve ever seen, and we’re on a mission to taste all the flavors.
We love the drinks range in Japan so much, I wrote a story about it!
READ MORE: The best Japanese drinks to try
NO.14: JAPANESE STREET FOOD SNACKS
We’ve compiled a BIG list of the best Japanese street food and traditional Japanese snacks you can try at Japanese festivals and events.
You might find:
- Okonomiyaki pancakes
READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Street Food
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Best Japanese Snack Companies?
These are the best and most popular Japanese snack companies. If you want to find out about their latest Japanese snacks releases, their best Japanese snacks to buy, and their must have Japanese snacks, visit their websites.
- Kameda Seika
- Kuriyama Beika
Are Japanese Snacks Healthy?
Are Japanese snacks healthy?
Yes and No.
Savory Japanese street food snacks, by and large, are good for you.
The Japanese candy, desserts and chocolate not so much.
Do Japanese like snacks?
Yes, as much as we do.
But they are probably better at limiting their intake!
Do Japanese eat snacks?
Yes, teenagers especially.
I’ve seen inside many a Japanese home stay students’ suitcase, and can confirm that they bring a stash of their favourite Japanese snacks with them so they don’t get homesick.
My Japanese friend Mari makes a lot of her own Japanese snacks now she can’t buy them so easily.
Foodie snacks at Universal Studios in Osaka
WHERE TO BUY JAPANESE SNACKS IN TOKYO
Now you’ve got the big list of the best Japanese snacks to buy in Japan, you need to know where to buy snacks in Tokyo.
You’ll find a range of delicious Japanese snacks at all these shops:
- Daiso 100 yen Japanese snacks shop
- Supermarkets in Tokyo
- Japanese convenience store Family Mart Japan snacks
- Lawson Konbini store
- 7-Eleven convenience store
- Depachika Department Store Food Halls
- The best Tokyo Station snacks shop is Tokyo Okashi Land (Calbee store) where you can eat delicious Japanese snacks straight from the grill!
Another best place to buy Japanese snacks in Tokyo is in the big parks such as Ueno Park or Yoyogi Park near Harajuku during Japanese festivals.
You can also find Japanese snacks and candy stalls:
- outside the Ueno Zoo
- at Japanese theme parks such as Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea, and Universal Studios in Osaka
- at any place where Japanese people gather for a picnic, or to take the children to the playground.
Where to buy Japanese snacks in Shinjuku?
- Find freshly cooked Yakitori skewer snacks in the grossly named Piss Alley aka Omoide Yokocho, not far from the Shinjuku station.
- Try Depachika food halls in any of the big Japanese department stores in Shinjuku to find yummy traditional Japanese snacks including Taiyaki, Senbei crackers, Takoyaki octopus balls, and Pocky sticks.
Where to buy Japanese snacks in Shibuya?
- Head to the Shibuya Disney Store for cute Mickey mouse snacks and Duffy snacks too.
- Muji in Shibuya has a wholesome grocery store on the B1F filled with cheap Japanese snacks galore!
- Ditto Depachika above
Now you no longer have to wonder where to buy Japanese snacks in Tokyo but you do have to work out what is your favourite Japanese snack?
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This is the only way to guarantee Japanese snacks reach your home, and belly, regularly once a month!
There are plenty of Japanese snack box and Japanese candy box options where you can have Japanese treats delivered to your door. They compile the must buy snacks in Japan each month so you don’t have to miss out on Japanese snack food.
READ MORE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best Japanese Subscription Box options for Japanese candy and snacks. (coming soon!)
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