American Snacks and Foods You Can and Can't Get in Japan
When I first moved to Japan, I was all about eating Japanese snacks. After all, in the States, I would go out of my way to munch on Pocky and Koala March biscuits from the import store whenever I could.
But strangely enough, once I arrived in Japan and all those foods were readily available, I lost my cravings for them. Instead, I had the strangest cravings for all these American snacks… snacks that I didn’t even like that much when I was back home! I guess it’s true that the grass is greener on the other side.
I was struggling to find American snacks and candies. I’d go to import stores like Kaldi with no luck. I wish I had a list of the American foods I could and couldn’t get while in Japan. It would’ve made figuring out what snacks to pack much easier.
Without further ado, here’s a list of all the American food and drinks that I can think of that you can and can’t get in Japan. (If you have a question about any foods I didn’t mention here, please comment below and I’ll add it to the list!)
Cocoa Krispies cereal (called “Coco-kun” in Japan, but you can’t get regular Rice Krispies)
Digestives (technically British but I love ‘em)
Hard pretzels (I’ve only found these at Copenhagen Flying Tiger stores)
Jif Peanut Butter (only in small sizes)
Kit kats (duh)
Lay’s Potato Chips
Can Get But Tastes Different:
Cheetos (somehow they’re sweet in Japan?!)
Cup Noodle (the taste is a bit different, not to mention the flavors)
McDonald’s (so much better in Japan!)
Ketchup (again, sweeter)
Pringles (some people say it’s the same, some people disagree… but the flavor selection is much better!)
(Note: I’ve put asterisks next to the snacks that you can get on the military bases)
Boxed cake / brownie mix
Chips Ahoy (crispy chocolate chip cookies are easy to find, not chewy though)
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos*
Reeses Peanut Butter products