Japanese regional Kit-Kat souvenirs

14 Sep

In Japanese culture, when someone goes on a trip or even to a major amusement park, they feel compelled to buy お土産 (souvenirs) for friends and family…and even their co-workers (if they’re aware of the trip).

Normally, they like to give a “regional” souvenir. Something that represents the city or country that they visited…even a “I NY ” key-chain from a trip to New York could be a gift good enough for a co-worker or such.

When Japanese people go on a domestic trip (visit another town or city within Japan), it’s popular to buy a local food item as a souvenir.

So, currently, Kit-Kat Japan are offering ご当地お土産 (Regional Souvenirs).

Map of Japan showing regional Kit-Kat flavors for various areas.

Map of Japan showing regional Kit-Kat flavors for various areas.

I’ve written a number of posts about the myriad of Kit-Kat flavors in Japan. (Click here to see my posts about a large variety).

Some of the special Kit-Kat flavors that the map above shows:

  • Rum Raisin flavor Kit-Kat for Tokyo
  • Strawberry Cheesecake flavor Kit-Kat for all of Japan in a special Mt. Fuji box
  • Strawberry Cheesecake flavor Kit-Kat for Yokohama
  • Kobe Pudding flavor Kit-Kat for Kobe

What Kit-Kat flavors have you tried? How did you like them?

22 Responses to “Japanese regional Kit-Kat souvenirs”

  1. Lorna September 22, 2015 at 6:15 am #

    Sorry about the long delay in responding, but my favorite place in Japan is Kamakura. Although it looks like only rich people can afford to live there!


    • tokyo5 September 22, 2015 at 7:53 am #

      Yeah, Kamakura is very nice. Did you visit the bamboo forest there?


      • Lorna September 25, 2015 at 4:19 am #

        No, we did not. We spent a lot of time at Hasedera — so beautiful. But we did visit the Arashiyama bamboo groves on an earlier trip in 2010, where it seems they have a nice cottage industry of processing the various types of bamboo. Japan has soooo many beautiful places. I wish I had more funds to stay in Japan longer.

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      • tokyo5 September 25, 2015 at 8:06 am #

        >Japan has soooo many beautiful places.

        Yes, it’s impossible to see everything on a holiday.


  2. I. J. Khanewala September 16, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    This is great. I should also thank you for your previous Kit Kat posts. When I was in Japan I looked for them specially. I got some of the green tea ones and one of the cheesecake. I wish I’d found the orange!

    I did the Japanese thing of getting these for friends and family, and they were widely appreciated.


    • tokyo5 September 17, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      Thank you.
      Where, in Japan, did you buy Japanese Kit-Kat? There are certain areas (Tokyo train station, for instance) that have many various flavors.


      • I. J. Khanewala September 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

        Tokyo train station is pretty confusing, I only bought akiben there. I think I got the Kit-Kat from a Don Quijote near my hotel.


      • tokyo5 September 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

        Tokyo Station is huge and I guess it’s confusing if you’re not used to it. But it has a very large selection of souvenirs (not only Kit-Kat)…including many that are specific to Tokyo.


  3. Lorna September 16, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    I have tried the strawberry, green tea and orange ones. All wonderful. I asked my son what he wants from Japan since we’re going again in a month, and he asked that I bring him back some KitKats. Guess I’ll have to fill a suitcase with all of the different flavors as omiyage for my son, neighbors, friends, co-workers . . .


    • tokyo5 September 16, 2015 at 6:45 am #

      Are you coming to Japan next month? How many times have you been here?
      Won’t your son be joining you?


      • Lorna September 19, 2015 at 6:55 am #

        My son is almost 30, and doesn’t live on Kauai (he’s on Oahu). So yes, I’ll be in Japan for a couple of weeks next month with my “boyfriend” (don’t know what else to call him – we’re not married), and probably will spend a lot of time looking for omiyage (omiage) to bring back home. This will be my 3rd trip, and we’ll spend about a week in Kumamoto and Hakata, and the rest of the 2nd week in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. Japan, here I come!!!


      • tokyo5 September 19, 2015 at 10:59 am #

        Sounds like a nice trip. What’s your favorite part of Japan?


  4. Steven September 14, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    I’ve tried the green tea, the kitkat, and also strawberry. Quite delicious.


    • tokyo5 September 15, 2015 at 12:57 am #

      Did you buy them in Japan?


      • Steven September 15, 2015 at 2:10 am #

        Where I typed “kitkat” above, I meant to type “cheesecake.” I purchased the strawberry and cheesecake flavors in Japan. The green tea kitkats I was already familiar with, because our parent company is Japanese and visitors from Tokyo often bring them when they stop in our office.


      • tokyo5 September 15, 2015 at 6:39 am #

        When did you visit Japan? Have you been here many times?


      • Steven September 15, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

        I was in Japan for five weeks in May and June of this year. I have only been there once.


      • tokyo5 September 16, 2015 at 6:44 am #

        Oh! It’s a long holiday!
        In Tokyo for the entire time?


      • Steven September 16, 2015 at 9:25 am #

        I was there for work. I spent most of the time in the area of Kanda and Otemachi, but I also took some trips out to Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, and Yokohama. Those posts are upcoming on my own blog.


      • tokyo5 September 17, 2015 at 10:55 am #

        What part of Japan did you like best? Did you try a lot of Japanese food?


  5. adventurersara September 14, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

    How fun!! I got some green tea flavored Kit Kat, of course, and they were delicious! I love Kit Kat Japan’s creativity!


    • tokyo5 September 15, 2015 at 12:57 am #

      Green Tea Kit-Kat have become a popular souvenir for foreigners visiting Japan.


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