Did you know that KitKat is very popular in Japan? No one had anticipated that this simple chocolate wafer snack would create a nationwide sensation. To thank the fans for their support, the chocolate brand created various flavors that you will only see in Japan.
Not only that, but they also made limited edition and seasonal flavor KitKats for everyone to enjoy. Among these flavors are strawberry, pear, citrus golden blend, apple, soybean, sweet potato, Japanese chili, cheesecake, cinnamon, green matcha, sugar syrup, red bean, wasabi and much more!
Visit these places and fall in love with the different flavors that can only be found in Japan!
1. KitKat Chocolatory branches
Without a doubt, KitKat is very popular in Japan, and because of this, they even have their own KitKat chocolatory branches not only in Tokyo but in many parts of Japan as well. Here you’ll find seasonal flavors and even limited edition KitKats from time to time. This is also the place where you can buy “luxury” type KitKats like the “KitKat Sublime”, they cost 324 yen for one bar!
2. Pharmacies and discount stores
Pharmacies and discount stores in Japan like Matsumotokiyoshi and Donki, have a wide variety of merchandise which is not limited to medicines and daily household necessities. Yes! They also have food items, and of course, they have KitKats as well.
Website: http://www.matsukiyo.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
3. Tokyo Station Ichibangai “Shokoku Gotochi Plaza”
Shokoku Gotochi Plaza is just a few minutes away from Tokyo Station. It is located in “First Avenue Tokyo Station”, the underground shopping mall connected to Tokyo Station. They also gather famous local products from all over Japan. This store is an ideal place if you want to look for souvenirs to bring back home. They have many items to choose from and not to mention, some very popular KitKat flavors as well.
Address: Tokyo Station B1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda 100-0005, Tokyo
Website: http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/shop/66 (Japanese Only)
4. Duty-Free Shop at Airport
Who says you can’t buy KitKats when you are at the airport? Actually, you can find limited edition KitKats that can only be found in the airport duty-free shop. Some of these limited edition KitKats are the Japanese strawberry, Mascarpone Cheese, Uji Matcha, Hokkaido Melon and Sakura Matcha.
Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/product/airport/01.php (Japanese Only)
5. “Gift Shop The AkiBa” in Akihabara Radio Kaikan Shopping Mall
Don’t get confused by its name. Although Akihabara Radio Kaikan Shopping Mall might sound something related to J-pop music and culture, it actually is just a shopping mall. Since it closed down on 2011, various renovations and improvements were made and were finally re-opened in 2014. Here you’ll find figurines, toys, trading cards, electronic equipment, food, snacks, KitKats and much more. You can find KitKat at the gift shop “The AkiBa” on the first floor.
Address: 1-15-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
6. “Sorano Komachi” Gift Shop in Tokyo Solamachi (Tokyo Sky Tree)
The Sorano Komachi Gift Shop that can be found in Tokyo Sky Tree is a very popular shop on which you can buy souvenirs. Aside from KitKats, you can also find the limited edition black tea flavored Hiyoko which is quite popular as well. You can also purchase various snacks like Tokyo Gomatamago and Tokyo Campanella at this store.
Address: Oshiage 1-1-2, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
7. “Le Edo” in AQUA CITY (Odaiba)
Le Edo in AQUA CITY (Odaiba) has a wide selection of branded products, souvenirs, limited edition sweets and Odaiba exclusive items. The surrounding area has many restaurants and great views of the surrounding bay.
Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato 135-8707, Tokyo
Website: http://www.aquacity.jp/shop/le_edo (Japanese Only)
8. “The Daiba” in Divercity Tokyo (Odaiba)
The Divercity Tokyo Plaza is one of the popular landmarks in Odaiba. The shopping mall features many interesting brands both local and abroad. They also have many amusement facilities, and the food court area have many well-known restaurants that can be found all over Tokyo. You can purchase KitKats at the store called “The Daiba”.
Address: Address: 1-1-10 Aomi Koto-ku Tokyo
Website: http://www.divercity-tokyo.com/shopguide/10026464_10820.html (Japanese Only)
Still not sure where you should go to find KitKats? There is a customized shopping tour with a guide for people like you! This customized shopping tour of Tokyo will enable you to savor the distinct flavors of the city while having the opportunity to shop till you drop - not limited to KitKats or drugstores but every category and preference, from food to souvenirs to high-end branded goods. Find out details at Voyagin's, the tour provider, website.Half Day Shopping Tour of Tokyo (View at Voyagin)
All Information in this article is as of May 2017
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