We wonder how often people struggle to find the right gift but end up making rash decisions and buying useless items. For those that run into problems like this, head to “Tokyo Okashi Land” (Tokyo Snack Land), an antennae shop that represents Japans big three snack makers, Ezaki Glico, Morinaga Seika, and Calbee. Located in Tokyo Station’s Ichiban-gai close to the Yaezu central underground exit, they have many snacks that are limited production only for Tokyo.
"Tokyo Baby Karinto" by Glico Ya Kitchen, the best limited production snack
“Tokyo Baby Karinto” limited in sale to the Tokyo area, are made of their famous pretzel stick snacks “Pritz” cut into small pieces and lathered in beautiful dark honey. True to their name they are baby sized pieces. You are guaranteed to be asked where you get them they are so good.
The small packaging lets you distribute amongst friends and coworkers easily. It really brings everyone together eating tasty snacks while you recount your trip. This is one snack I recommend out of the rest.
Other than this they have other limited sale treats and seasonal chocolates they make in house, such as the canned “Bisco” snacks that mark their 80 year anniversary of sales. The feeling of specialty is really great.
“Tokyo Baby Karinto” 6 packages included 840 JPY
The adorable "Waku Waku Kyoro-chan" Morinaga's strange snack shop
At the Morinaga booth the ever popular Kyoro-chan snacks really catch your eye. In the image above you see the “Waku Waku Kyoro-chan” set which includes, “Peanut Choco Balls”, “Ottotto ” (Lightly salted cookies), and cola flavored “Hi-chu”. The packaging is so adorable makes you want to hug it uncontrollably… Don’t forget to buy it before hugging though.
There are also sets such as the 7pc “Okashina Kyoroben” or the make it at home “Okashina Okashi no Iye Tezukuri Kit”. Gifts here aren’t limited to snacks you can buy random Chotchkies too making the shop fun to even just roam around in.
“Waku Waku Kyoro-chan” 360 JPY
Flavors from all over Japan in one box "Jagariko Chiiki no Aji Series" Calbee plus
Here you can see the different regionally limited flavors of the Jagariko in a set. Including flavors such as Tokyo’s Curry flavor, Kansai’s Takoyaki flavor, Tohoku’s Zunda. One way to choose which to give to whom would be to find out where that person’s hometown is. You can buy these separately as well so if there are some that you need more of you can throw them into your basket as well.
“Jagariko Chiiki no Aji Series” Set of 8 840 JPY. Single pack 105 JPY
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The "Jagariko or Jagabee container top" that makes you go hmm. Calbee Plus
When looking around in the shop you may come across something that seems strange. A top for the Jagariko or Jagabee container! Apparently, many people have been looking for just such an item and are a hot seller here. It makes sense though,l as when you pull the paper seal off the top what do you do when you can’t or don’t want to eat the whole container?
There are other little things that you might find interesting or something rare, so definitely keep your eyes peeled.
“Jagariko or Jagabee container top” 120 JPY
Limited production items you can only eat here
Here you can casually snack on prepped in store, limited production snacks at their standing tables, such as softies, potato chips, and drinks. Great for when you need a quick fix. As seen above there are seasonally limited items which you will find yourself ordering before you know it.
This booth is so popular its regularly plagued with long lines. Always a good idea to order first before shopping. The hot snacks are offered between 9:30am and 8:30pm but if there are really long lines they will stop taking orders long before closing so take heed.
Got snacks that are fun for kids and adults!
Tokyo Snack Land is easy to find so its perfect for grabbing some last minute gifts. They also will have other makers come in for limited periods or seasons.
The snacks are adorable and all ages can enjoy them, especially the women! If you’re tired of walking around Tokyo station definitely stop by to get your snack on.
Hours: 9am to 9pm. No holidays.
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