Kitkats and Japan seemingly go hand and hand nowadays. Japan has the most varieties of kitkats in the world and they’ve become a sort of phenomenon. On my previous trip to Osaka, I grabbed a lot of varieties. This time in Tokyo, I had a little less luck but still was able to get a few new ones that I’ve never tried. This is my personal guide to buying Kitkats in Japan. I should note that the flavours are SEASONAL! So if you see ones you like, grab them! Chances are you won’t be able to get them next time you go. The spring seasonal flavour was carrot apple (it was delicious) and the summer flavour was cookies and cream (also good). Keep your eye out, and if you need to ask a local for the current varieties!
I had a lot of luck in Don Quijote in Osaka. The location on the Dotonburi was full of different varieties when I went during March. At the front entrance, near all the crazy busy checkouts, there is a bunch of food! It was here that I got bags of the Easter special: Apple Carrot, a black tea flavour from Kyoto, a bake kitkat (you toast it in the toaster oven) that was cheesecake flavour, and the typical green tea flavour (found nearly everywhere). Don Quijote has a bunch of snacks from all over, so scour the sections for surprises. I’ve talked about Don Quijote a few times and I really love it, so if you’re in Japan make some time to go.
I also had luck at the airport, Kansai International Airport. In the duty free shops and even a small sandwich shop, I was able to grab red bean, strawberry cheesecake (in a Mount Fuji box!), wa-ichigo (a real strawberry flavour), ichi matcha (strong green tea), and Sakura Macha (Cherry blossom green tea). I had a lot of luck on my first trip to Japan, and I was able to stuff all of them into boxes that I sent home.
At the Kitkat Chocolatory, they handed out a sign that said there were special kitkats at Osaka Station. I didn’t make it down there on my first visit to Osaka, so I’m going to try and go next time!
I feel like I had more luck in Tokyo, though the amount I brought home seemed to be less than I brought in Osaka. I saw a lot of varieties I didn’t see before. I had a lot of luck and came home with quite a few! In Tokyo you could find them in many places, I’m going to list the places I had the most luck.
Don Quijote in Akihabara had many varieties, in big bags and small boxes. My friend bought green tea and dark chocolate. Both are standard and available at most conbinis in Japan too. I didn’t see anything new so I didn’t get any.
Lawson’s is a convenience store chain in Japan. In the location in the Musashi-koyama subway station I was able to find and purchase raspberry kitkats. They are easily the best kind I’ve tried, but I’m a bit biased because raspberries are my favourite.
Souvenir shops also keep a stock of many varieties. I grabbed some hot chilli pepper flavoured ones from a souvenir shop under Tokyo Station. Almost all souvenir shops in Japan stock some variety of kitkat. My friend also purchased some strawberry cheesecake flavoured ones, and some green tea ones.
In the souvenir shop in Diver City Tokyo Mall I was able to buy bags of the cookies and cream flavoured kitkats, and even some green tea red bean kitkat balls. They were strange but still good! They also had the Mount Fuji box of Strawberry cheesecake kitkats, which my boyfriend devoured after he got to Korea J.
Duty Free shops in the Narita airport (specifically the Akihabara Electric Street duty free shop) had all the varieties I saw in Osaka, and some of the ones I saw outside.
KitKat Chocolatory in Seibu Department Store with a name like that I expected a lot more. The chocolatory is merely a 10 foot counter in a department store. It was busy and packed, but they had a huge variety. They also do seasonal flavours, and they change out the varieties often. When I went in Tokyo they had several kinds in small boxes: Strawberry Maple, Orange Cocktail, Ume (Plum), Ginger, and Butter. The small boxes are stylish and contain 4 mini kitkat bars. They’re about 400Y each. They also always have boxes of Sakura Matcha kitkats. They had single sticks that were about 300Y each, in dark chocolate, white chocolate, and raspberry. I didn’t buy any but they appeared to be larger than your average kitkat stick. They had some larger collection boxes including a variety of fruit flavours: passion fruit, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and then they showed that other varieties were available in special places across Japan (like Kyoto station and Osaka station).
If you go to Japan grabs some kitkats, they make for excellent souvenirs and they have kinds for everyone! I’ve tried a lot of kitkats in my life, more than I can even list! They’re really hard to come by (in weird flavours) in Canada, so I’m glad I got to go straight to the source.
Hope you enjoyed this sweet post 😉
Until next time,
This is the final post in my Tokyo a go go series.
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