Monthly snack subscription boxes have become a big hit – and it’s no wonder why. You get package after package of fun and unique food, drinks and snacks you wouldn’t likely find at your local stores.
There are companies that specialize in surprise monthly roundups, niche desserts, and food from specific regions or countries.
One popular snack subscription service that specializes in Japanese snacks is TokyoTreat.
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TokyoTreat – Japanese Snack and Candy Box
If you haven’t yet heard of these wildly popular subscription boxes, TokyoTreat offers samplings of tasty candy and snacks direct from Japan to your door.
Every box focuses on a particular season, major event (think cherry blossom season) or theme, and is brimming with all kinds of unique treats from savory to sweet.
What Do You Get In A TokyoTreat Box?
The company markets itself as offering packages of happiness delivered right to you each month. And we’re not just talking Japanese candy and chips here (although there are plenty of those).
Snack boxes typically include samples of the hottest Japanese treats plus several other fun snacks … like giant “party pack” bags with lots of mini candies to share, and DIY kits that encourage you to play with your snacks.
Here’s a list of the types of authentic snacks and brands you’ll find in each monthly box. Click on any of the links to see a full guide with lots of info and pictures on each type of snack.
- Japanese KitKat (these are my favorites!)
- Dagashi (light Japanese snacks for kids)
- Umaibo (popular corn puff snacks)
- Colorful candy
- Jelly, puddings and desserts
- Melonpan, bread and snack cakes
- Cookies (like Koala March and Kinoko no Yama)
- Japanese sodas and ramune
- Instant ramen
- Anime snacks (like Pokemon and Demon Slayer)
- Sakura Season exclusives (cherry blossom)
Our TokyoTreat Review
I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a couple of different TokyoTreat snack boxes for this review. TokyoTreat shared the boxes with me, however, all opinions are my own.
I’ll walk you through my first impressions on the packaging, upon opening the boxes and trying the snacks.
I’ll also provide some insights that may be helpful as you decide if TokyoTreat is the right the of snack box for you.
If you decide to order a subscription, you absolutely won’t miss this bright orange box. I was certainly excited to see it sitting on my doorstep.
This is their standard box, but they also have fun themed boxes throughout the year, like the Halloween one shown below. Some other recent themed boxes include Moon Festival Snackin’, Fireworks Flavorfest and Okinawa Seaside Snackin.
The TokyoTreat boxes are shipped straight from Japan. Besides a few scuffs on the top, the box (which serves as both the outer shipping box and the box that holds the snacks) shows no other signs of damage. Very durable.
Every snack in the boxes arrived in perfect condition. The boxes are expertly curated and packed so everything is packed snuggly without extra room to jostle around. Even with a heavy soda in the box, there were still no crumbled cookies or damaged treats.
What’s Inside: Snacks, Sweet Treats and Japanese Candy
The first box I received was packed to the brim with amazing treats that I was excited to try just from looking at the unique, colorful packaging.
One of the first things I noticed was the brand-name snacks. In my box, I received several recognizable treats including Kit Kats, Fanta, Frito-Lay and Pocky.
There were also plenty of other fun snacks that I was not familiar with, like these cute paw print gummies.
TokyoTreat Overview Booklet: A Helpful Surprise
While I did recognize a few of the snacks, I had no idea what the majority of the products were. So it was a nice surprise to get a full-color booklet that described most of the products.
As you can see in the image above, the color photos in this guide were super helpful to match up the products. A few of the items were listed as ‘mystery’ or ‘surprise’, so I still had to do a little guesswork on those.
One other neat thing about the guide is that it is printed in the reverse of how it would be in the US. The booklet is printed in Japan, so it’s read from right to left. So you just need to flip it over to start reading.
A TokyoTreat Themed Box: Halloween SnackHaul
The first box I reviewed above was more of a general selection of assorted snacks. But the company also offers many themed boxes.
Their Halloween SnackHaul box is one example that brings the spirit of Halloween right to your doorstep. This special edition box is a celebration of all things eerie and fun, but with a Japanese twist.
The 2023 Halloween SnackHaul box included some awesome treats. Here are a few that stood out for me.
- A full bag of Sweet Potato Kit Kats with cute little ghosts on the packaging
- Monster Energy Drink Flavored Bubble Gum
- Halloween Jelly Bean Gummies in ghostly grape, creepy cola and ghoulish ginger ale flavors
- Pokemon Halloween Choco Pie with a colorful, festive wrapper
- Teeny Tiny Monster Chocolates
New And Improved Booklet
The booklet that came with the Halloween box was epic. It was a big, 24-page, full-color pamphlet. Each product in the box took up a half page with a large photo, description and helpful details like allergens and suitability for vegetarians.
The remainder of the booklet was filled with fun information about Halloween culture in Japan, recipes and a fun Halloween-themed photo contest for customers.
What is TokyoTreat?
A monthly subscription snack box service offering samples of high-quality, popular treats and drinks from Tokyo, Japan. Every box is packed with Japanese snacks and every month boxes are shipped straight from Japan with delivery to your home.
How much is a TokyoTreat box?
Historically, TokyoTreat offered two different size boxes: A classic snack box with 12 products for around $25 per month and a premium with 17 snacks for around $35 per month.
However, in 2021 TokyoTreat began offering just one box. Weighing in at almost 3 pounds and packed with 17-20 snacks, the company has declared it is the “biggest Japanese snack box on the planet!”
The current price varies from around $32-$37 per box depending on the subscription you select.
Boxes can be ordered for just one month and you can cancel at any time. The box can be ordered for just one month and you can cancel at any time.
you can also order for 3, 6 or 12 months. These subscriptions will be slightly less per month. They are billed quarterly, bi-annually or annually for even more savings.
Does TokyoTreat have free shipping?
Everyone loves free shipping, but sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. I asked an official TokyoTreat representative why they aren’t currently offering free shipping.
She explained that due to major global shipping restrictions and postal delays, they use various shipping methods for each country. They choose methods that provide tracking support and a quicker delivery process so customers can receive their boxes in a timely and safe manner.
As you can imagine, all these different shipping methods cost different amounts depending on where and how the package is being shipped.
So the shipping fee is NOT included in the box pricing shown on this page. The actual fee will be calculated automatically after you enter your shipping address and destination country before checkout.
The full breakdown of which countries they can ship to, the shipping method and fee, and estimated delivery time can be found on the Help Center.
How do I order TokyoTreat?
To become a customer, simply visit their website and choose the subscription level of your choice. Once you select the size, you are able to pick however many months you’d like to sign up for. Plans are billed annually or monthly, depending on how long you’re subscribed. You’re able to cancel anytime.
How long does it take to get TokyoTreat box?
Packages are sent within 3 days from the order date. The actual shipping time will vary depending on where you are located. You can check out their shipping FAQs for more information.
Where does TokyoTreat ship to?
Monthly snack boxes are delivered internationally. There are some countries that TokyoTreat boxes cannot be delivered to. Currently, they are shipping to anywhere in the United States.
Is TokyoTreat or Japan Crate better?
TokyoTreat and Japan Crate are both snack subscription services that ship snacks, candies, cookies, and more directly to customers from Tokyo Japan. The offerings are similar so we’ve found the best way to decide which is right for you is to review the “past boxes” info on their websites. If you like what you see in their past boxes, you’ll probably enjoy future boxes too.
Will I get Japanese Kit Kats in my TokyoTreat box?
Japanese Kit Kats are pretty awesome. They have so many more delicious flavors than we have in the US.
TokyoTreat does try to include a large-sized bag of Kit Kats in each box. But there is no guarantee that you will get Japanese Kit Kats every month.
“I’m going to be real, there are a lot of KitKats. I love KitKats so this is amazing. Japan has a lot of different flavors of them I suppose because I never thought these flavors would exist. What does sakura even taste like? Glad I can find out.”TokyoTreat Customer
While you will get (roughly) the same number of snacks in each box, they will all be different varieties month-to-month.
Many boxes do contain other delicious brand-name snacks to get excited about such as Pocky, Frito Lay, Oreo and Hi-Chew. And fingers crossed you’ll get some Kit Kats too!
Final Thoughts: Is TokyoTreat worth it?
Absolutely. If you are looking for a taste of some amazing snacks and drinks from a different country, this Japanese subscription service is definitely worth the money.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t love every snack in the box, but that’s all part of the fun.
For example, I tried a puff that tasted like cabbage which was a little odd. So I just followed it up with a sweet and delicious banana-flavored marshmallow!
The entire unboxing and tasting experience is enhanced with the helpful little booklet containing product descriptions and other notes about Japanese culture.
TokyoTreat boxes contain quite a few snacks, so you’ll get a great mix of textures and flavors. No matter your preference – sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, familiar or exotic – I’m pretty confident you’ll find something yummy every month.
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Micky Reed, a two-decade veteran in the food and baking industry, leverages her influential Three Snackateers food blog and Instagram presence to collaborate with industry giants like Ben & Jerry's and Crumbl Cookies. Her work has been featured on Delish, PopSugar and more. Her expertise as a product curator for one of the world's largest international snack subscription box companies solidifies her status as a key player in the field.