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The 7 Best Japanese Snack Box Subscription Boxes in 2024

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ByMSAFeb 5, 2024 | 4 comments

Whether you’re looking for ramen, gourmet matcha cookies, or those unique Kit-Kat flavors you’ve seen online, Japanese snack boxes are an excellent way to build your palate. These services deliver authentic Japanese snacks directly to your door (or office, or wherever else), often for an affordable monthly price. We found the best Japanese snack boxes available, then researched them to find out what they offer, how much they cost, and whether they’re worth the price. We tried to include a variety of options to suit different tastes, and where possible, we included coupon codes and promo links to help you keep costs in check. If we missed your favorite Japanese subscription box for snacks or candy, make sure to leave us a comment. And if you’ve tried one of these Japanese snack boxes, be sure to write a quick review.

The 5 Best Japanese Snack Box Subscription Boxes in 2024:

1. Best Japanese Snack Box for Gourmet Treats: Bokksu

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The Cost: $39.99, with annual subscription. Ships to the U.S. for free. Sign up here!

What's In This Japanese Snack Box: Each Bokksu snack crate includes a variety of authentic Japanese snacks and a tea pairing.

This Japanese snack box follows a monthly theme, and the packaging is absolutely gorgeous. You’ll also receive materials explaining the theme; expect detailed and poetic descriptions of different regions of Japan along with information about each month’s selections.

The snacks have plenty of variety, from plum-flavored potato sticks to citrus-flavored seaweed tempura, pear-infused cookies, and organic genmaicha tea, but we think it’s safe to call this a gourmet subscription.

Pros

  • Includes premium snacks, tea, and goodies
  • Each monthly box is themed
  • Features hard-to-find snacks and products

Cons

  • A bit more expensive than other subs on our list

Starting at $39.99
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2. Biggest Japanese Snack Subscription Box: TokyoTreat

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The Cost: $32.50 per month with annual subscription. Ships worldwide. If the shipping method for your country is Priority Shipping+tracking/Express Shipping+tracking, the shipping fee for Group 1 will be $10.50/box and for Group 2 it will be $12.50/box. Sign up here!

What’s In This Japanese Snack Box: Japan is a popular source of new snacks and treats, but Tokyo Treat offers the most snacks by far. Started by a Tokyo native, Tokyo Treat wants to give you a slice of life in modern Japan. They often share snack backstories and stories and their social media accounts share snacks and scenes from Tokyo so you can learn more about the country as you chow down on their unique snacks.

Every month, you’ll always get 15-20 full-size snacks that include exclusive and limited edition drinks, ramen, KitKat party packs, salty snacks, candy, bakery items, and more. Former boxes have included snacks such as KitKat Strawberry Milk, Hi-Chew Premium Amaou Strawberry, Nissin Donbei - Yuzu Scented Sōmen, Maroyaka Strawberry Milk, and Sweet Choco Croissant.

You can pay on a monthly basis or prepay for 3, 6, or 12 months.

Pros

  • 15-20 full-size snacks per box
  • Mix of sweet and savory
  • Includes limited edition snacks

Cons

  • Shipping is more expensive than other subs

Starting at $32.50
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3. Best Japanese Snack Box for Unique Flavors: Japan Crate

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The Cost: Starts at $49.95 per month. Save with longer commitments. Ships to the US for free. Sign up here!

What's In This Japanese Snack Box: The original Japan Crate box is still the best way to explore the strange world of Japanese sweets. Packed with candy bars, drinks, and cookies, it’s curated to provide a satisfying experience for Westerners — but with plenty of unique offerings that will expand your palate. If you’d love to try Apple-flavored Coca-Cola or matcha-infused Kit-Kats, but you’re not ready to buy a plane ticket to Tokyo, this is the next best thing.

Pros

  • 18-20 full-sized curated candy and snacks
  • Includes a Japan-exclusive drink
  • Monthly bonus item

Cons

  • A bit more expensive than other subs on this list

Starting at $39.99
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4. Best International Snack Box (With Japanese Treats): MunchPak

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The Cost: Starts at $12.95 per month for 5 snacks, $22.95 per month for 10 snacks, and $42.95 per month for 20 snacks with annual subscription. Ships to the U.S. for free. Sign up here!

What's In This Japanese Snack Box: We’re cheating a bit here; MunchPak features snacks from around the world, and while Japanese treats are featured frequently, you’ll also get unique foods from Turkey, Mexico, and other countries.

The original MunchPak contains 10+ full-size sweet and savory snacks. The box also includes a “travel guide" with information about each country and its snacks, and by pulling up the MunchPak app, you can scan a barcode on each product to learn more. Find something you love, and you can easily order more.

The company offers several different plans, including MunchPak Mini, which provides 5+ full-size snacks. You’ll also find options for stocking the office breakroom. Discounts are available for long-term orders.

Pros

  • 3 sizes to choose from
  • Option for every budget
  • Great mix of flavors

Cons

  • Not strictly a Japanese snack box

Starting at $12.95
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5. Best Japanese Snack Box for Candy: Japan Candy Box

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The Cost: $24.90 per month. Save with longer subscriptions. Free shipping to the U.S. Sign up here!

What's In This Japanese Snack Box: Japan Candy Box places a heavy emphasis on dagashi: cheap snacks and candies with colorful packaging, often associated in Japan with memories of childhood — and who couldn't use a little taste of childhood now and then?

With a Japan Candy Box subscription, you'll receive 10 handpicked Japanese sweets and savory snacks per month, and every month's box is curated around a timely theme; recent themes include "Japanese Holiday Traditions," "Winter Wonderland," and "Sweet Valentine's Surprise."

A subscription to Japan Candy Box is the perfect way to discover new oishii (that's delicious in Japanese) flavors, and enjoy some of the Japanese treats you already love!

Pros

  • Includes hard-to-find seasonal and exclusive Japanese candies
  • Each box is themed
  • Mix of snacks and candy

Cons

  • Somewhat cheap products for the price you pay

Starting at $24.90
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6. Best Japanese Snack Box for Readers: Manga Spice Cafe

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The Cost: $39.50 per month, plus $5.95 shipping. Ships to the US. Subscribe here!

What's In This Japanese Snack Box: If you love Japanese culture, Manga Spice Cafe is right up your alley. Each box includes 3 newly released manga and 5-6 Asian snacks. In addition to Japanese treats, you’ll receive items from Korea, China, and other countries.

All of the manga are English translations, and they’re curated to match a monthly theme. You’ll get detailed info about each work, and the selections are a good mix of humor, horror, and everything in between. The snacks are usually inexpensive fare that you’d find in a grocery store or gas station — Pocky sticks, candies, and other basics. The real draw is the manga, so while this is a fantastic subscription, it’s strictly for folks who love Japanese comic art.

Our readers say that this snack service provides plenty of value (and our staff reviewers agree). Because some of the manga includes adult themes, Manga Spice Cafe recommends this box for readers aged 15 and up.

Pros

  • English-translated manga
  • 5-6 snacks and a drink
  • Info sheet highlighting the manga and the artists

Cons

  • Fewer snacks than other boxes

Starting at $45.95
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7. Best Non-Subscription Japanese Snack Box: Goldbelly

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The Cost: Varies depending on the meal kit selected, but expect prices from $65+. Ships to the US for free. Sign up here!

What's In This Japanese Snack Box: Goldbelly offers meal kits from a variety of world-renowned restaurants, including quite a few Japanese options. For sweets, check out Goldbelly’s Best of Tomoko Sweets Box. Exquisitely crafted by pastry chef Tomoko Kato, this box includes assorted mochi, macarons, yuzu cookies, and other delights. It’s an expensive one-off purchase at $89.95, but it’s worth every penny.

Goldbelly’s site also has options for ramen, sushi, cakes, and just about everything else. Since their kits are sourced from high-end restaurants, you’ll pay a premium for each delivery, but dedicated foodies will find plenty to love here. Note: Some boxes can only deliver to certain regions of the United States, so use Goldbelly’s region page to find out what’s available in your area.

Pros

  • Incredible range of options
  • Adjust by budget
  • Snacks, sweets, sushi, and more

Cons

  • Some options are 2-3x more expensive than standard boxes

Starting at $49.00
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What Do You Think Of These Japanese Snack Subscription Boxes?

Did you discover your new favorite Japanese snack box, or Japanese candy box? What do you think is the best Japanese snack box?

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4 comments

Mary L.

None of these boxes have been reviewed this year, and the last review for one was way back in 2017. I’m not sure how you claim these are the best Japanese snack boxes if you haven’t tried them recently. Maybe titling this post a “Japanese snack round-up” would be more accurate?

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Beth In Oklahoma

I’m curious about getting a MunchPak subscription as a birthday gift for one of my kids, but the last MSA review is from 2018. Can anyone recommend it, having received a recent box?

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Mary

Go to an Asian market where you can get a lot of this stuff way cheaper!

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Beth In Oklahoma

I don’t have access to any Asian markets, unless there’s an online market you recommend.

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