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Japan Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2016

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Japan Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends candy and snacks from Japan.  They pride themselves on sending items that can only be found in Japan. 

This box was sent to us at no cost for review.  (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box:  Premium Japan Crate

The Cost:  The premium box is $30/month.  There are options starting at $12.00 per month.

COUPON: Save $5 off your first Original or Premium box with code MSA5!

The Products:  Candy and snacks from Japan!

Ships:  Internationally with a few exceptions – you can find those here

Check out all of our Japan Crate reviews and the Food Subscription Box Directory!


Teriyaki Burger Umaibo 

Corn Potage Umaibo

Pizza Umaibo

I’ve gotten these multiple times in boxes now, and they’re enjoyable.  The texture is like a cheese puff, and I enjoyed the corn and pizza flavors.  

Yuki No Yado Chips

These are really interesting.  The closest thing I can compare them to is kettle corn.  The chip part is rice cracker, and then there is a sweet frosting.  I would definitely eat these again. 


Sangaria Ume Soda

This is a Japanese plum flavored soda.  It was quite good, and I love that the size of the can is smaller than most soda cans in the U.S.  Sometimes I want a little soda, but don’t want an entire can, so smaller ones are nice!  The flavor was very light and refreshing. 

Fue Ramune

These are so interesting.  You can whistle through the hole in the candy!  They taste a bit like sweet tarts.  They looked like peppermints, but they definitely are more fruity flavored.  

Yaokin Roll Strawberry

Yaokin Roll Green Apple 

I loved Fruit by the Foot as a kid, and these are exactly like that!  The strawberry one was delicious.  I am not a huge fan of green apple, but the flavor was good!


Choco Kinako Mochi DIY

One of the nice things about Japan Crate is that they post videos to their YouTube channel for the DIY kits they send out.  Here is the video for this kit.  I haven’t been able to make this one yet, but it does look interesting!

Sakupan Land 

These are delicious!  There is a biscuit type cookie, covered in 2 types of chocolate.  Each one has a little panda face on them.  They’re so good I can’t stop eating them.  

7 Stick Choco Cream 

These taste very similar to those generic wafer cookies you can buy for super cheap at the store.  They’re not my favorite, but people that like those cookies will probably enjoy them. 


Pine-amy Gumm

These are probably closer to fruit snack texture than gummy, but I liked the texture.  The pineapple flavor was a bit artificial to me, but they’re pretty good!

Monster Stamp Candy 

This is really interesting.  The candy is shaped like a stamp, so you can moisten the ‘stamp’ part of this, and use it as a stamp, and then you eat it.  I’m not sure I like playing with my food that much, but I bet a child would find this a blast!

Furuta Dodeka Bar 

This is a corn puff covered in chocolate.  It’s about 9ish inches long, and it’s very light since most of it is corn puff.  The flavor is a little odd to me, since I’ve never really tried corn and chocolate together, but I think I could learn to like it!

Kasugai Peach Gummy

These are gluten free and individually wrapped.  They smell intensely like peaches.  I grew up with a peach tree in the backyard, and hated peach flavored anything for a very long time.  These actually are delicious, and really taste like fresh peaches!

Verdict:  I really enjoyed this box from Japan Crate!  I always think this is a fun box, but it’s a little difficult to do a value/cost analysis on, since many of the items are from Japan, and not sold in the US.  I think if you’re interested in Japanese snacks, it is a great box to try out and see if it’s worth it for you personally!

Have you tried Japan Crate yet?

Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I LOOOOOVE Japan Crate. It’s my favorite non fashion or makeup box. So much variety month to month, great contests, chance at prizes, etc. There’s great value in the Original size in my opinion. There’s really not a lot of small stuff, like in other candy boxes. There’s always a DIY kit too! So many flavors and weird treats to try, nothing is the same from one month to the next. We really enjoy this box and can’t wait for it to arrive every month.

    • Oh, so glad you commented. Thanks so much for sharing more info. I will definitely give it a shot then. ?

  2. Bekki, great review. I am back and forth with this one, I have seen lots of small or smaller items so it makes me think twice. Have you done or tried to get okashi connection? I found a few videos but people where eating them or had camera view on them while eating so I couldn’t get a very good sense of it. I just wanted to do a couple because the kids keep mentioning the Japan snacks ? And I trust the honest reviews on MSA. So far they love try treats and munchpack-(we tweeked the items where you pay 1.00 for each preference but we where able to put no USA as well as no nuts, no meat, no fish,) It was a great option to have.

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