Even if Easter is not celebrated in Japan, Japanese people love chocolate for festive occasions such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day! There are many Japanese chocolates with delicious taste and original packaging that will make you want to try them all. Here is a list of some good Japanese chocolate brands that can be found in most combini or supermarkets in the country. Choose your favorite!
Nestlé Kit Kat Chocolates
Kit Kat is a chocolate covered wafer. It was first sold in the UK in 1935. Today, a wide variety of flavors are sold in Japan such as matcha green tea Kit Kat, sweet potato Kit Kat, sakura Kit Kat, and peach Kit Kat
If you want to see all the tastes, we invite you to read our article on kit Kat in Japan.
Having tried several different flavors, we find Kit Kat delicious and very original. Kit Kats from Japan are available in different flavors for each region and season. Collecting them is a fun way to explore the region!
Meiji Group Japanese brand chocolates
The Japanese brand Meiji has been Japan’s favorite chocolate since 1926. Made from the finest cocoa beans and natural ingredients, Meiji chocolate products have superior taste and quality
Today, the Meiji chocolate brand offers a wide range of chocolate products with different flavors, delicious fillings and subtle fragrance. Here are our favorites:
Meiji chocolate almond coated chocolates
Meiji almond chocolate is the best selling nut chocolate in Japan. The roasted almond covered with milk chocolate is a pure delight.
Kinoko and Takenoko Meiji
These little cookies shaped like mushrooms (Kinoko) and bamboo shoots (Takenoko) are so popular in Japan that we couldn’t consider a ranking without them!
And, honestly these chocolate cookies are very good, their shapes are very original!
Pocky chocolates from Glico
These chocolate covered cookie sticks are a popular sweet snack in Japan. Pocky (name coming from the onomatopoeia “pokki pokki”, the noise you make when you crunch it) is manufactured by Glico Co. Ltd – since 1966. By the way, it is the same company that brought us the famous “Mikado” in France
Unlike the French Mikado, the pocky are declined about fifteen varieties of icing and with limited versions.
Nama chocolates of the Royce brand
Royce is a family-owned chocolate company based in Sapporo, Hokkaido. For over 80 years, it has been dedicated to producing the finest handmade chocolates made from fresh cream
The colorful local packaging reflects Japanese culture and the high quality products inside. Their most popular chocolate is Nama chocolate, which contains fresh cream produced from Hokkaido milk
Its texture is smooth and soft, with a rich ganache flavor.
Japanese brand Lotte chocolates
Lotte is a large confectionery company founded in Japan in 1953. Today, it is a leading global player in the production of chocolate and other sweets.
This incredible chocolate bar has been made in Japan since 1958. Lotte Chocolate from Ghana is one of Japan’s favorite chocolates. It is made exclusively with cocoa from Ghana, West Africa
Made with cocoa paste to increase the intensity of the taste, this milk chocolate bar is creamy and smooth
Toppo’s classic chocolate flavor is a popular snack, similar to Pocky
These delicious sticks are available in a variety of flavors such as azuki, black sesame and vanilla-strawberry.
Japanese brand Morigina chocolates
Morinaga was founded in 1899 in Kyoto, Japan by Mori Senzo, who invented the famous Hi-Chew fruit candies, Dars chocolates, ChocoBall and much more. Originally a Japanese confectionery manufacturer, Morinaga has grown into one of the largest confectionery companies in Japan
Today, with production facilities throughout Asia and offices around the world, Morinaga has become one of the largest confectionery companies in the world, with products available in over 30 countries.
Morigina Dars Chocolates
DARS is one of the most famous chocolate brands in Asia. DARS is very popular for its small size chocolates and creamy texture
But also, it has become the iconic chocolate of valentine’s Day chocolates in Japan.
Chocoball is a delicious chocolate filled candy with an unforgettable taste
It is one of the most popular Japanese snacks, known for its mascot, Kyuro-chan.
Japanese chocolate brand Fujiya
Fujiya Co. operates mainly in the confectionery business and has become a nationwide restaurant and beverage chain
The first store, founded by Yohei Fujii, opened in Yokohama in 1910 as a confectionery, pastry shop.
Peko Chan is an icon of Japanese confectionery. In these pieces of milk chocolate, you will find a delicious layer of milk cream with the face of Peko Chan.
These little pieces of chocolate will melt in your mouth. Try it and see!
Anpan Man Chocolate
Anpan Man is a very popular manga character in Japan among children. It is a funny character that everyone in Japan has surely seen
This mascot represents Fujiya Co. of Japan, which uses him on its chocolate products, like the one in the picture.
Japan is full of desserts and other chocolate confections that deserve to be featured here but we focused on references that are easy to find during your future travels. Among this selection, do you have any preferences? Do you have any suggestions for additions? Have a good time ^^