Get your empty stomach and luggage ready!! Here you go, the most requested blogpost, complete recommendation on MUST TRY AND MUST BUY SNACKS IN JAPAN.
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Snack game in Japan is seriously strong!! From wasabi flavored to takoyaki flavored snacks, everything looks so tempting in Japan we are sure you guys are confused on which product to try. To answer that, here you go, list of some snacks that we tried and love.
Anyway, besides Japan Snack Guide, for list of POPULAR KOREAN SNACKS, you can check following link https://anakjajan.com/2020/01/28/korea-popular-korean-snacks-must-buy-must-try/
WHERE TO BUY??
Since we’ve visited so many stores and tried so many snacks for countless of time, we can’t hardly remember which store did we got those snacks, but we remember the list of stores we normally visit to purchase those items:
– Matsumoto Kiyoshi
– Don Quijote
– Mini Stop
– Family Mart
– Circle K Sunkus
– Daily Yamazaki
– Department store such as Daimaru Dept. Store
– Any random supermarket you can find out there
These stores above are available widely in Japan, you can easily find it anywhere in Japan. Personally we prefer to shop at Don Quijote since the shop is huge with wide array of products and it accepts Tax Free transaction, you can read the review here https://anakjajan.com/2015/07/30/don-quijote-the-most-awesome-discount-store-in-japan/
– All items are reviewed based on our personal tastebud, you might find it good or bad depends on your tastebud.
– Some items might be available only on certain season, for example Egg/ Tamago Onigiri, somehow we’re not able to find it on spring/ summer, but it’s easy to find on autumn/ winter.
– It’s impossible for us to remember the price of each item since there are too many stores and too many products.
– We cannot read Japanese, so we are not sure if the products contain alcohol/ pork/ lard.
– Japanese snacks usually has short expiry date (some only last for days or weeks) so make sure to check first.
One of the simple things we miss the most from Japan is these humble simple onigiri from convenient store. Do not underestimate it, it’s cheap, comes with lots of choices, and very tasty. Each convenient store has different options on each season. We really love Tamago or egg onigiri from 7eleven and Family Mart, we usually find it on autumn/ winter.
Missing the yummy tonkotsu/ pork bone broth ramen from Ichiran? Bring back their instant ramen and you can get your cravings fixed anytime. You can easily find it at Don Quijote Japan.
Ippudo Instant Ramen
Best ramen instant we’ve had so far! Please note that this one is available exclusively at 7Eleven only. The broth is rich in flavor, noodle is springy and the best part, it comes with a slice of REAL PORK CHARSIU!(fyi it’s a Tonkotsu Ramen with broth made from pork bone so it contains pork).
Muji Chocolate Strawberry
Available widely in Muji store in Japan, we always love their chocolate strawberry. It’s crunchy dehydrated strawberry coated with chocolate.
Bake Creamy Cheese
Inspired by Bake cheese tart, they made the snack version and it actually tastes good. You’ll get the cheesy sweet taste with lovely caramelized baked aroma in it. We found it at Don Quijote Japan.
Unique jelly candy with the shape and texture of real grape, so so good. Both grape flavors are officially available in Indonesia already but in Japan you can find seasonal flavors like lemon, mixed berries, peach, etc.
🍢🍢🍢Emoji in real life! The comforting broth of oden is perfect for cold season, Chikuwa, Daikon, and Egg are our favorites.
Emial Coffee Jelly
One of our favorite items from pudding section, jiggly coffee jelly in creamy coffee sauce. It has just the right level of sweetness and creaminess, best enjoyed cold. So good!
As the name suggest, it melts in the mouth easily! There are many variants of Melty Kiss chocolate but their new liquor chocolate has won our hearts especially the Rum Raisin (it contains alcohol if we’re not mistaken). MUST TRY!
Premium Morning Tea
Now this is one of the most talked water. Clear water that tastes like yoghurt or milk tea! It’s fun to try and if we’re not mistaken, it costs less than 100yen.
Crunchy potato snacks with various flavors. It has the same shape as french fries but in crunchy version, super addictive. Update: we got the Blue Cheese Jagabee recently and it’s easily our MOST FAVORITE ONE!! SOOO GOOD!
Cheese lovers would love Cheeza crackers because it screams CHEESE in each bite!
Tamago/ Egg Salad Sandwich
Another simple yet tasty item for breakfast you can easily find from convenient store. Soft fluffy bread sandwich with egg and mayo filling. Oishi!
Ready to drink coffee
Mr. Jajan loves RTD coffee in Japan since majority the black coffee here are unsweetened (yes we enjoy our black coffee with no sugar). Available in hot and cold, Tully’s, Boss & Georgia are Mr. Jajan’s favorite brand for RTD coffee.
Instant Drip Coffee
It’s easy and very practical to have drip coffee in Japan since they sell instant drip coffee. The coffee comes with drip filter so you only need to open it and pour hot water.
Yamachan Squid Snack
Randomly found this at 7eleven near Kyoto station and MY OH MY, IT TASTES DAYUM! Yamachan is our favorite place for Nagoya Tebasaki Chicken Wings and their squid snack is just as good. Crunchy on the outside while chewy on the inside, uber savory and addictive it makes a great companion for beer.
Yamachan Rice Crackers
Found another Yamachan snack, rice crackers with Yamachan’s signature peppery tebasaki seasoning. It’s salty and peppery, perfect for beer companion. We found this at the supermarket on the basement floor of Tokyo Solamachi.
Tokyo Banana undoubtedly is one of the most popular items to get when visiting Tokyo. It’s basically sponge cake filled with custard and it comes in pretty packaging, what’s there not to love. Out of many options, we enjoy Tokyo Banana Strawberry Ginza the most. You can find it at Tokyo Station & Tokyo Sky Tree but we highly recommend you to get it at Haneda/ Narita Airport/ Kansai (Osaka) (Haneda has better and more options), the price is just the same and you can get Tax Free inside airport.
Ohayo Gateau Chocolat Icecream
Randomly purchased this at 7eleven near Kyoto station too and it was simply da bomb! Rich chocolate cubes that will melt instantly in the mouth.
Deliche – Glico
This one is rather hard to find but if you’re able to find it, give it a try since it’s UBER TASTY! Moist yet soft cake-like texture with rich depth of flavor. Imagine eating a rich delicious cake but in ice cream form. MUST MUST TRY!
Ice No Mi – Glico
It’s bite size gelato in round ball shape that will melt instantly once you put it in the mouth. AnakJajan enjoyed Grape flavor the most with its juicy 80% fruit juice inside, it’s feels like eating real grape but in iced version.
Ok, now after trying it we can totally understand why people rave about it because it’s INSANELY GOOD! The combination of crispy salty potato chips and sweet chocolate is so addictive! The melt-in-the-mouth texture from royce chocolate surely plays a major role here. Give it a try and thank us later 😀
Royce Nama Chocolate
Royce’s Nama Chocolate is undoubtedly tasty, uber smooth rich and creamy. Compared to Royce in Jakarta, the price in airport is a great deal, it’s around 700yen and since it has to be kept in refrigerator, you can purchase their cooling pack for 100-200yen and it can lasts for 8hours, just enough for your long flight back home.
Press Butter Sand
One of the new and trending omiyage or food souvenir from Tokyo, you can find it at Tokyo Station or Tokyo Solamachi. As the name suggests, it’s pressed butter cookies filled with cream and caramel. For us personally, it’s quite tasty, very buttery and not overly sweet, nice to have not not worth queuing for.
This one is a bit out of topic but since you’re already in Japan, why not give the white strawberry a try?! The white strawberry has unique and different aroma, it’s juicy and very sweet. You might be able to find it at Tsukiji Market as well as supermarket but beware of the high price, it can costs around 2,000yen for 3pcs.
Orihiro Puru Konnyaku Jelly
Juicy jiggly fruit konjac jelly in handy petit size packaging, simply squeeze the jelly out of the packaging to enjoy it.
Mini Stop Convenient Store’s soft serve ice cream always got me tempted. They always offer seasonal flavor on each season for example on autumn we had their Sweet Potato Soft Icecream which was so sooo good, then last spring we had Apple Soft Icecream.
One of our favorite items for breakfast every morning, Onsen Tamago. It’s cooked and ready to eat, you simply need to crack the egg and enjoy it with soy sauce (included in the packaging). So it’s basically egg slow cooked in low temperature resulting a creamy smooth egg texture.
Flavored Beer & Alcohol
Flavored beer and alcohol in Japan have interesting refreshing flavors if you’re interested.
Mini Sake Can
Perfect to warm the body up on cold season during winter. It’s a great option for those who are curious about the taste of sake as well 😀
Kitkat & Pocky
I know that Pocky & Kitkat are available in Indonesia but only in Japan you can find unique limited edition flavors, such as champagne, sake, sweet potato or even wasabi!
Doutor Coffee Beans Chocolate
Who would know that coffee beans can be this crunchy and tasty when covered with chocolate?!
Mochi Cream Puff
Imagine the texture of pastry between cream choux and mochi, interesting isn’t it? You can find it at many bakeries or convenient stores in Japan.
Funwari Peko Chan
Found this bun at 7eleven in Osaka and my oh my, SO SO GOOD! The sponge cake is very fluffy and moist and it’s filled with light cream in the middle.
One of my personal favorite, thin crunchy Langue de Chat rolls filled with chocolate in the middle.
Located right across Press Butter Sand in Tokyo Station, NY Cheese is another new hyped omiyage that sells out very fast everyday. The texture is similar with Langue de Chat or “Lidah Kucing” cookies filled with cream, cheese and nuts in the middle. It was sweet and buttery with subtle aroma of cheese.
Tokyo Milk Cheese
Thin cookies that’s similar with the texture of Langue de Chat or “Lidah Kucing” filled with creamy cheese layer in the middle. It’s crunchy, sweet and cheesy without overpowering, love it! You can find it at Tokyo Station but again, we highly recommend you to buy it at Tokyo airport (tax free).
Random Seasonal Products
Japan loves seasonal product, depends on the season you might be able to find unique seasonal and limited edition product for example Sakura Starbucks Latte or Peach Cocacola on spring, then Sweet Potato Cream Puff on autumn, etc.
UPDATE: Here are more snack recommendations, 100% approved snacks by us 🙂
Lotte Rummy & Bacchus
Meet our new favorite for alcohol chocolate after Melty Kiss. It turns out Lotte also makes awesome chocolate with stronger alcohol taste in it. Our most favorite one would be Rummy with melt-in-the-mouth milk chocolate and rum raisin in it.
Yamachan Strong Rice Crackers
You know, we’re totally obsessed with Yamachan’s peppery salty deep fried chicken wings and this one happens to be the BEST rendition of their chicken wings. The seasoning of rice cracker tastes exactly as peppery and as tasty as the real chicken wings. Please note that the snack is quite salty so it’s best paired with drink such as beer.
This snack is addictive!! It has enjoyable squid aroma and uber crispy, Mr. Jajan loves the green one with wasabi flavor while I love the spicy one.
iFactory Umeboshi No Sheet
Introduced by our colleague, AnakJajan instantly fell in love with this sweet and sour plum sheet. It’s not overly sweet with just the right level of sourness and subtle salty taste. So good! They have various size, so incase if you want to try first, you can buy small pack at nearest conbini.
Ohayo Royal Jersey Pudding
Seriously one of the best pudding EVER!! It’s sooo smooth silky, creamy milky but just the right level, the texture is quite unique between pudding and pannacota. Our favorite is the original one, but the Milk Tea one (pics below) is also equally delicious.
Bourbon Lumonde Ice Cream – Milk Tea
The ice cream is wrapped in thin layer of wafer and then inside they put some kind of crispy cereal crunch, the texture is very delightful. We highly recommend the Milk Tea flavor.
Nissin Cheese Curry Cup Noodle
Another yummy recommendation by our colleague. Imagine noodle in thick rich curry soup with creamy cheese inside, it’s uber yummy and heartwarming. MUST TRY!
Transparent drink has become new hype in Japan. They have milk tea, matcha latte, even espresso drink in transparent liquid. The taste might be a bit light and not sweet enough for Indonesian palate, but it’s very unique and worth trying at least once. So far we have tried a few flavors and the most delicious one would be Aloe Vera Yoghurt flavor.
Amanoya Dried Chili Rice Crackers
Mr. Jajan’s new favorite. As the name suggests, the crunchy rice crackers are seasoned with dried chili seasoning. It has a nice chili aroma in it with medium level of spiciness for us.
The Noir by Le Tao
Available exclusively in Hokkaido. The Noir is our new found love, a must by every time we visit Hokkaido. The texture is quite similar with Tokyo Milk Cheese but in rich and bold dark chocolate flavor with amazing darjeeling tea aroma in it.
Ishiya Original Chocolate Drink
BEST CHOCOLATE DRINK I’VE EVER HAD!! NUFF SAID! The chocolate smells incredibly nice with well balanced ratio between milk and chocolate. Oh by the way this one is also available exclusively at Hokkaido.
Another recommendation from Hokkaido. Omot Cheese is very unique since the texture is somewhere between mochi and cheese, uber soft and smooth, it melts in the mouth easily.
Well those are some of the products we tried that we think worth sharing. If you have other recommendations, please share it on the comment section below, we would love to try it too next time and so we can update the list with another good new recommendations.
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