If you travel to Japan, you would be missing out if you didn’ try Japanese “konbini” snacks. Konbini are known as convenient stores in Japan and you can find them everywhere for a quick stop to buy things you need. They literally have everything from fresh healthy meals to frozen foods to daily necessities. As you travel to Japan, you will find yourself stopping by konbini because konbini snacks are life. If you don’t know where to start, we’ve chosen the best konbini snacks in Japan for you.
For you guys who want something more than a bag of chips and less than a meal, these triangle rice balls called onigiri are here to satisfy all of your snack cravings. They are usually covered with crispy nori seaweed. Some are also filled with healthy protein fillings from salmon eggs, to tuna mayo, to chicken with different combinations.
2. FamiChiki (Fried Chicken from Family Mart)
Fried chicken as often called as ‘kara-age’ in Japanese is actually the most popular konbini snack in Japan, regardless the season. It is freshly deep-fried, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Fried chicken in Japan has many different types of flavors and shapes, but the one that we recommend is fried chicken from Family Mart. Oricon Gourmet also conducted a survey and FamiChiki is come up as second best-fried chicken in Japanese konbini.
A super-chewy traditional Japanese snack known as a ‘rice cake’ can be found everywhere in konbini. In Japan, you will see red bean paste mochi flavored wrapped with cherry blossom leaf. Konbini mochi is not the best quality mochi you will find, but atwith 100 yen, you can’t go wrong with this chewy sweet dessert.
4. Melon Pan
Have you ever tasted bread shaped like a melon? It is called melon pan in Japan, it is typically a fluffy bread covered with sugar and crust. Melon pan comes in different shapes depending on the place. For example, in Hiroshima and Kobe, melon pan can look like a rugby ball, however, in other parts of Japan, the design can look like the rising sun. This bread typically does not taste like melon, but rather tastes like sweet crunchy cookies, however, there are melon-flavored versions in some convenience stores.
5. Gari Gari Kun Ice Cream
Gari Gari Kun Ice Cream is considered one of the famous popsicle brands in Japan. It has a thick outer layer of delicious shaved ice, best to eat in summer. This brand also comes up with bizarre flavors such as spaghetti, cream puff, and rare cheese. However, it is hard to beat the original flavor which is the blue colored soda version.
6. 10 yen Umaibo
The cheapest snack which you can find in Japan is Umaibo which means “delicious stick” in English. It is 10 yen (less than 10c USD) and is sold in a variety of flavors such as takoyaki, chicken curry, corn, cheese, and vegetable salad. The texture is pretty similar to Cheetos and in Japan, you can find unusual flavors like lemon squash or cinnamon apple pie. Dare to try and you will be surprised by the taste.
7. Strawberry Sandwich
Fruit in a sandwich sounds weird doesn’t it? But, Japan always has a way of making everything taste good including this strawberry sandwich. It depends on the season but they usually sell this sandwich in spring. Typically, the fillings include fruit layered with fresh cream pressed with two fluffy white pieces of bread. It usually costs around 300 yen.
When you’re craving potato chips but you want to eat it with different styles Jagariko is the answer. Jagariko are potato chips shaped as sticks sold in a cup-like package. These long crunchy potato sticks come in different flavors such as salad, butter potato, cheese, mentaiko and shoyu. Jagariko is included in Japan’s top selling snacks.
9. Anpan (steamed bun with red been filling)
Do you love pastry and sweets? If yes, you would enjoy this classic Japanese bun filled with soft red bean paste called Anpan. Anpan is made from anko (red bean paste), and the word “pan” means bread. You can find two types of Anpan, steamed or the basic sweet red bean bun. Both of them are wrapped in soft delicious bun and it is the best when you can eat warm steamed buns in winter.
A must-try snack sold at every matsuri in Japan can be found in any convenience store. Taiyaki is a fish-shaped mold of crispy pancake filled with a variety of fillings. Traditionally, taiyaki is filled with red bean paste, but nowadays, custard, cheese, and chocolate flavored have been added to the recipe.
Try all of them and you will be surprised by the taste!