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Green Tea Kit Kat

8 Best Sweets and Snacks to Try in Japan

If there is one place on the planet where you can find such a wide array of sweets and snacks, it would be Japan. Finding them is easy. The tough part would be choosing which to pick given the many options available. And here are just some of them.

1. Anmitsu
Anmitsu
One of the classic Japanese desserts, anmitsu is a delightful mix of flavors and texture. This delicious treat is made using ingredients like agar (kanten) jelly, fruits, sweet red bean paste, mochi, and ice cream. It is commonly served with a bowl or small pot of mitsu (black syrup) on the side.

2. Castella
Castella
Kasutera or Castella is another one of the classic Japanese treats. It is a sponge cake widely popular in the country.

3. Crepes
Crepes
Crepes are widely available in Japan with plenty of shops selling the delicious treats. What makes Japanese crepes different from their French counterparts would be the type and range of ingredients used inside them.

4. Daifuku
Daifuku
Also known as Daifukumochi, daifuku is a sweet treat made with small round-shaped glutinuous rice cake or mochi and fillings like anko (sweetened red bean paste) or ichigo (strawberries).

5. Dango
Hanami dango
Dango is Japanese dumpling made with rice flour. It is commonly served on a stick and comes in many different types like bocchan dango (three colour dango), chadango (green tea flavor), hanami dangomi (three colour dango served during hanami), tarashi dango (served with a topping of syrup made with shouyu, starch, sugar), and more.

6. Kakigōri
Kakigōri
Kakigōri is a Japanese dessert made with shaved ice topped with syrup and condensed milk or some type of sweetener like anko.

7. Kit Kats
Japanese Kit Kats
You might wonder why Kit Kat would be on this list when it’s something you will probably find at the supermarket near you. But Japan has brought the chocolate treat to a whole new level with an amazing array of flavors. Some of the must-try are the Creme Brûlée, Golden Citrus, Hot Chili, Pumpkin Cheese Cake, Purple Sweet Potato, Red Bean Sandwich, Rum Raisin, Japanese Sake, Shinshu Apple, Strawberry, and more. And if you can try only one, pick the Green Tea (Matcha) Kit Kat for the great tasting blend of quality matcha and chocolate.

8. Melon Pan
Melon Pan
Melon pan is a type of Japanese sweet bread or bun. Its name refers mostly to its shape and not its flavor. Eaten as dessert or snack, melon pan is one of those quintessential sweet treats that deserve to be part of your Japan experience.