6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!

6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!

Have you decided what to buy for your friends and family? In our country, Japan, there are various kinds of snacks that are the best for souvenirs. I would like to introduce some of my recommendation –I hope this would be helpful!



 

6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!

 

1. Rice cracker

6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!happy turn

This is one of the most famous Japanese snacks called Senbei (煎餅). As you know, most of them are made of rice and flavored with soy sauce. When going to grocery stores, you’ll be surprised how many kids of rice crackers there are! My favorite is the one called “happy turn (ハッピーターン)”. The cracker is covered with special powder which includes some sugar and salt. The combination of the powder and soy sauce flavored cracker is just amazing.

Not only in grocery stores, there are a lot of unique rice crackers all over Japan. My favorite is Nanbu-Senbei (南部せんべい) in Iwate prefecture. It is actually not made of rice and not seasoned with soy sauce –instead, it often contains a lot of peanuts, sesame, and walnuts. I would recommend you to look for various kinds of Senbei and find your favorite.

 

2. Matcha flavored snacks

6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!Matcha flavored snacks

Do you know what Matcha is? –which is green tea in Japanese. Matcha is often used in tea ceremony, but there are a lot more ways to enjoy Matcha in our daily life. For instance, we have so many kinds of Matcha flavored snacks and sweets such as Matcha chocolate, Matcha candy, Matcha latte, Matcha cake … Matcha everywhere! One of the most famous Matcha place is Kyoto. In Kyoto, there are so many Matcha makers and stores. I would recommend you to buy some Matcha powder so that you can enjoy fresh Matcha any time. But if you are not familiar with green tea, Matcha flavored chocolate would be a wonderful choice. Although it is fun to look at unique green tea chocolate in Kyoto, you can buy something similar at supermarkets. I hope you’ll find the best Matcha snack for your friends!

 

3. Manju

6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!manju

Manju is a bun with bean filling inside. This is one of the most traditional Japanese snack/sweets –it is often used in tea ceremony, but many people eat Manju on daily basis. There are various kinds of Manju all over Japan and they also look very cute. Some Manju have animal shape and the others have pretty color on them. One of the cutest and the most popular Japanese souvenirs is called Hiyoko (ひよこ) meaning “chicks”. As you can imagine from the name, the shape of the Manju looks like chicks and it has white bean paste inside. Although it is too cute to eat, it tastes wonderful, too! Hiyoko is known as a souvenir in Tokyo, but the company which created the product is actually in Fukuoka prefecture. But still, if you want to get a lot of Hiyoko, I would recommend you to go to Tokyo!

 

4. Custard pudding

6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!kobe pudding

This is known as Purin (プリン) in Japan and is pretty popular in our country. There are various kinds of Purin such as the one just like custard pudding and another one looks crème brulee. The combination of its creaminess and the caramel sauce on the bottom is so wonderful! Although I would like you to bring so many Purins to your country, the expiration date is often pretty short. But don’t be disappointed. I know there are some Purins that can be preserved for longer period of time than the regular Purins. The city of Kobe is famous for Purin which is known as Kobe Purin (神戸プリン). Since one of the most popular souvenirs there is Kobe Purin, they have some Purins that have longer expiration dates. So if you have a chance to visit Kobe, don’t forget to buy some Purin!

 

5. Karintou

6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!Karintou Manju

Karintou is a small sugar-coated stick/cookie made from fried dough. They don’t have any special flavor other than sugar and/or fancy shapes –but it makes me very comfortable when eating it. In some parts of Japan, there are various kinds of Karintou, such as mango and sweet potato. My favorite is sweet potato one since you can enjoy the fresh flavor of sweet potatoes. Moreover, I would recommend you to try Karintou Manju (かりんとうまんじゅう) which is a combination of Karintou and Manju (see 3. Manju). Usually the skin of Manju is very soft and subtle, but Karintou Manju is covered with fried skin like Karintou and has red bean paste inside. You can buy all of these at supermarket –try many kinds of Karintou and bring your favorite to your family!

 

6. “Intellectual” snacks

6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!Intellectual snacks

This kind of snacks is popular among kids in Japan, but there are a lot of amazing products these days. The concept of “intellectual” snacks is that using some water to make fancy snacks –so all you need is the product and some water. For example, for one, you can use 3 colors of liquids to make your own gummi and another one includes some ingredients with which you can make mini-donuts without frying them. You can buy these at any supermarkets in Japan –so bring them back home and enjoy with your family and friends!

 

Conclusion

We have a lot of snacks that you can buy at local supermarkets but are amazing. Try as many snacks as you can during your stay in Japan, and decide what to bring back home!

 

6 Recommended Japanese Snacks For Souvenirs!

1. Rice cracker
2. Matcha flavored snacks
3. Manju
4. Custard pudding
5. Karintou
6. “Intellectual” snacks