Best 5 Snacks in Japan
Whenever you travel anywhere food is always a top priority, including those little snacks we need when on the go or taking a break from sightseeing. Everyone needs their snacking needs met and Japan offers a wide variety of pocket-friendly snacks that are both delicious and unique so you can satisfy your snack craving whilst still experiencing something new! Here’s a look at the best snacks that Japan has to offer, most of which can be found pretty much anywhere in Japan!
This is the ultimate and by far best snack that Japan has, I mean it’s so good that there’s even such a thing as “Pocky Day” (on 11/11 each year, as the 1’s are supposed to represent the stick shape of the snack)! Pocky are thin biscuit sticks that are nearly all the way covered in chocolate… who wouldn’t love that! Pocky are very inexpensive, with one pack coming with two sachets full of sticks, and though this sounds like a lot (and it is a lot) the snack is incredibly moreish so you probably won’t even notice you’ve eaten all the sticks until there’s no more left! Pocky also doesn’t only come in chocolate flavour, but in many other varieties, such as “Brazilian orange” “strawberry shortcake” “azuki” and “matcha”. As a side note, there is also a Pocky factory in Saitama with free tours available (wait list for reservations is very long however).
The second of the snacks to buy are KitKat, and if you don’t know what KitKat are then I’m pretty certain you’ve been living under a rock! KitKat are pretty much popular worldwide and Japan is no exception. KitKat in Japan are often given as a “good luck” gift and so there are plenty of KitKat around. Unlike places like the U.K. and the U.S., KitKat don’t just come in one standard chocolate flavour but actually come in a wide range of unique, wacky and specialised flavours. Some flavours include “Wasabi”, “Purple-sweetpotato”, “Kobe pudding”, “Matcha”, “Raspberry”, “Sake” and many many more! Japanese flavour Kitkat also make for a good souvenir to take home!
As the name suggests this snack is from Tokyo and is another one for those with a sweet tooth. Tokyo Banana is usually bought as a souvenir snack but it’s so delicious some people like to just buy for themselves! Shaped like a banana, Tokyo Banana is essentially a sponge cake that is filled with a cream which is, you guessed it, banana flavour! This snack is incredibly filling and great at satisfying a sweet tooth!
Pretz is the savoury equivalent to the aforementioned Pocky! Made by the same company, Pretz is also a stick based snack and is similar to pretzels (hence the name). Whilst not as popular as Pocky, Pretz are still super tasty and again are incredibly moreish! The flavours again are pretty plentiful, with the popular flavours being “tomato”, “roast” “corn” and “salad”. There are also some special edition flavours that are available throughout different seasons, such as “seaweed wasabi”!
Jaga Pokkuru originates from Hokkaido and is another savoury snack for the list! Made from Hokkaido potatoes, the snack is essentially a cross between French fries and crisps (potato chips).These potato sticks are then lightly salted to bring out the delicious flavour of the potatoes! Unlike the other snacks on this list, Jaga Pokkuru are not as easy to find (outside of Hokkaido and Tokyo) and due to their popularity they tend to sell out rather quickly! So if you do come across this tasty snack I’d recommend bagging some for yourself whilst you can!