American Snacks and Foods You Can and Can't Get in Japan

American Snacks 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!)


Japanese snacks in Japan

Can Get:

  • Cocoa Krispies cereal (called “Coco-kun” in Japan, but you can’t get regular Rice Krispies)

  • Coke

  • Digestives (technically British but I love ‘em)

  • Doritos

  • 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

  • Marshmallows

  • Oreos

  • Pepsi

  • Ritz crackers

  • Saltine crackers

  • Snickers

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)

  • KFC

  • Pringles (some people say it’s the same, some people disagree… but the flavor selection is much better!)

American snacks at the base commissary

Can’t Get:

(Note: I’ve put asterisks next to the snacks that you can get on the military bases)

  • Boxed cake / brownie mix

  • Breakfast cereals

  • Chips Ahoy (crispy chocolate chip cookies are easy to find, not chewy though)

  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetos*

  • Popeye’s*

  • Pop Tarts*

  • Reeses Peanut Butter products