Can’t get to Japan? Bring Japan to you!

On the hunt for a reliable Tokyo Treat review in 2024? Look no further, you’re in the right place! I’ve written every detail about my personal experience in this Tokyo Treat box review and spill the beans on what you can expect.

Is this Japanese subscription box worth it? Read on to find out how you can be an invisible tourist in your own home by bringing Japan to you!

NOTE: In case you haven’t heard, Tokyo Treat have recently launched a sister box, Sakuraco, that focuses on traditional Japanese sweets and snack making. Take a look at my full Sakuraco review for more, and if you’re looking to find out the interesting history behind popular and traditional Japanese edible goodies, my beginner’s guide to snacks from Japan has you covered.

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If you’re curious about Tokyo Treat and are keen to learn more about how you can bring Japanese snacks to your door, get comfy and read on for more.

 

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Tokyo Treat Review: What is Tokyo Treat?

Tokyo Treat is a subscription-based product that ships a delicious box of Japanese candies, savoury snacks and more to your door every month. Each month’s box follows an exciting theme that relates to seasons and special events in Japan.

This delicious box of goodies always fuels kuchisabishii in me, translating to “eating because your mouth is lonely”. (here’s a list of more Japanese words with interesting meanings).

Who is Tokyo Treat for?

Whether you’ve been to Japan, are planning on going, are nostalgic, or can’t get there anytime soon, Tokyo Treat is great for anyone who loves Japanese snacks. It could also be for someone who’s interested in trying interesting flavour combinations, as Japan is famous for this.

TIP: A Tokyo Treat box also makes the perfect gift idea for the person in your life who can’t get enough of anything related to Japan. It’s the gift that keeps giving!

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Full disclosure up front: This article has not been sponsored. As I have a genuine interest in Japanese snacks and written about them here, I purchased a 3-month subscription with my own money to write this Tokyo Treat box review. At the time, there were limited Tokyo Treat reviews. I’m here to share my review of this product and cannot help you personally with customer service queries.

Because I enjoyed the boxes I became an affiliate to further spread the word. Since my initial purchase, Tokyo Treat have kindly sent me additional boxes in order to show more varieties of snacks you can expect in your own box.

If you’re new to my blog, you can be assured that I will only recommend products and services I genuinely like and use myself, which is why I don’t recommend Airbnb or purchasing the JR Railpass for Japan like my fellow travel bloggers do.

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Pricing: Tokyo Treat Premium vs Classic Boxes

There were once two boxes to choose from: Tokyo Treat Premium vs Classic. As of early 2024, the Tokyo Treat Classic Box is no longer available. These once included fewer snacks and no beverage.

The costs are on a sliding scale depending on how many months you subscribe for. All prices are in USD:

  • Tokyo Treat Premium Box Review: Includes 17 full sized Japanese treats, including a drink
    • $32.50/box over 12 months
    • $33.50/box over 6 months
    • $35.50/box for 3 months

If you’re curious to try Tokyo Treat but prefer not to sign up for a monthly subscription, you’re able to order an individual box to try. It’s simple to upgrade in your account if you decide you want more! Individual boxes cost $37.50. Feel free to just test the water, you’ve nothing to lose!

More info on pricing can be found here.

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Shipping

Note that shipping is an additional cost for each delivery. Tokyo Treat is shipping boxes via DHL Express courier. The shipping cost is divided into country groups, ranging from  for $10.50 – $12.50 per box depending on your region.

DHL Express is trackable and your box will arrive 2-5 business days after dispatch instead of 4+ weeks via surface mail. More info about shipping here.

Types of Tokyo Treat boxes available

As mentioned earlier, there were once two kinds: Classic and Premium. Who doesn’t like the idea of quirky Japanese beverages? That’s why I signed up for the 3-month Premium subscription over the Classic box for my first order.

I was a HUGE fan of Grape Fanta during my trips to Japan so there was a chance we could be reunited! Plus, the Premium box has more treats inside so that seemed like a no-brainer for me, haha.

 

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First Impressions of Tokyo Treat

Website, customer service & delivery

The Tokyo Treat website is clean, easy to use and the ordering process is simple with only a few clicks standing between you and your box. Once I ordered, I waited super impatiently for my box to arrive!

Customer service promptly responded to my queries, usually within 24 hours. The team is polite and helpful so you can feel comfortable asking them any questions you have.

Delivery for my first box took longer than I expected, but it was worth the wait! More details on this later in the review.

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Packaging

Something I immediately loved about Japan was the high level of attention to detail in literally everything. It didn’t come as a surprise to me that Tokyo Treat would be any different!

It’s obvious that a lot of pride and care has been put into the boxes: From the colourful, sturdy outer carton ensuring treats weren’t squashed when I got them to the Tetris-inspired arrangements of snacks inside the box. The graphic designer in me absolutely LOVES the branding! It’s a really nice idea and product that’s been well executed.

A handy booklet is included that describes the items in your box if you can’t read the Japanese. This booklet also covers some things to do in Japan for tourists, tidbits about Japanese culture, Tokyo Treat promotions, English instructions for the DIY snacks, allergen information and more.

There’s also a chance for you to be featured in the next issue if you photograph your box and share on social media with the #TokyoTreat hashtag.

What to expect in your Tokyo Treat box 

As mentioned earlier, the snacks in each box are carefully curated to suit a theme. The theme and snacks are different each month so it’s a surprise! Below I’m going to outline the different kinds of items you can expect within your Tokyo Treat box each month, the quality and what they taste like.

What tickles your fancy may be different to me, but overall I enjoyed each of the Japanese snacks in the boxes I received and trying new things. When I have been in Japan, I’ve gone on to purchase snacks there that I was introduced to through Tokyo Treat and I knew I liked. Let’s take a look at what you’ll receive:

Popular snacks from Japan

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These are snacks you would immediately associate with Japan. Be prepared to enjoy famous Japanese Kit Kats with their interesting flavour combinations (like sake and sakura). I was lucky to receive the highly-anticipated Japanese Cheesecake Kit Kats that you could bake in the oven – they are quite a tasty and unique experience!

Quality snacks from popular brands such as Pocky, Calbee, Lotte, Hello Panda, Glico and more. The Japanese brand Bourbon had included a fluffy sponge cake coated in chocolate in one of the boxes that was so decadent.

Japanese Party Packs

 

Yummy bite-sized treats you can bring along to a party. These come in seasonal flavours, like the mini apple pies and chestnut-flavoured Kit Kats. In my opinion, the apple pies needed more custard and the chestnut Kit Kat has the most amazing scent but mostly tasted like white chocolate. Still yummy, nonetheless.

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Anime & Gaming Snacks

You can’t get much better than your favourite character appearing on a tasty treat! These candies and snacks include popular anime characters and other cartoons on the packaging, including Pokemon, Doraemon, Super Mario and Disney to name a few.

My goodness, the Shin-Chan Chocobi puffed apple snacks are incredible! The flavour tasted exactly like apples from Nagano. Sweet, light and delicious!

Japanese Share Packs

 

Different to party packs, the share packs are usually four packets combined and are designed as a “tear and share” snack. But let’s face it, you’re going to want all four packets of the BBQ things to yourself – they tasted just like BBQ Twisties would, were there any… Maybe Twisties needs to jump on board with a new flavour!

These share packs come in both sweet and savoury options so there’s something for everyone. The BBQ flavoured savoury twists are pictured below.

Dagashi

If you like getting nostalgic, you’re going to love dagashi treats. These seasonal, small snacks are popular with children who use pocket money to buy them on the way home from school in Japan. Don’t let that stop you as an adult, though!

Dagashi packaging is usually covered with cartoon characters or shaped in kawaii creatures to ignite that childhood spark we have within.

The dagashi sticks I received reminded me of a long Cheezel in texture but loaded with flavour, like takoyaki (octopus balls). One was a little broken but it was still really tasty.

Beverages

#drinks from Japan

No one quite does beverages like Japan. Japanese drinks are so unique, where else would you find clear Coca-Cola or the mango-jelly flavoured Fanta that I received in my box? Holy moly, I don’t even like mango (weird for an Aussie, right?) but this shake-and-drink can was amazing.

Expect to receive more jelly drinks, seasonal flavours like cherry blossom and even milky teas!

Kinosei snacks

Who knew treats could have added health benefits? Kinosei snacks claim to fame are healthy perks, ranging from aiding digestion, improving your memory or boosting collagen for youthful skin!

The tomato and cherry collagen-boosting gummies I received tasted quite interesting. It was more of a sweet tomato flavour, but with a subtle hint of savoury.

DIY Snack Kits

No Japanese snack box would be complete without the increasingly popular DIY kits. These Japanese candies are fun to make and will bring out your creative side. A little messy sometimes, but still tasty and it all goes down the same way in the end!

From mini ice-creams to making your own fish on a fishing line and other obscure ideas, there are loads of flavours as there are ways of making them.

Tokyo Treat Unboxing Video

As you can see from my unboxing video, there are quite a few layers when you open the box and start taking out the goodies inside!

 

 

Overall Verdict: Is Tokyo Treat worth it?

Having said all this, what did I think of Tokyo Treat snack subscription boxes overall?

What I liked about Tokyo Treat

Largely, I was happy with my Tokyo Treat purchases. The sturdy and exciting packaging is enticing and there’s a great variety of sweet and savoury snacks to satisfy different cravings. The snacks are a real treat for all senses, from the aromas and flavours to aesthetic looks of the individual packaging. Opening and enjoying each treat is a little experience in itself!

I found the “Snack Menu” within the booklet very helpful in giving me a little background about each snack, which was a meaningful little touch (like how Dagashi became popular in Japan after World War II).

TIP: If you’ve been to Japan and want to go back someday, then I think Tokyo Treat boxes are a great way to bring a little piece of Japan to you in the meantime.

Would I order again? I absolutely did! 

Room for improvement?

The only thing that let down the experience a little was my first box taking four weeks to reach me via regular post.

I understand there are outside factors affecting this beyond Tokyo Treat’s control, but at the time I would have liked a tracked shipping option to watch the progress of my delivery. I was left hoping the postie (Australian slag for postman) hadn’t decided to run off with my treats! Plus, I’m impatient and like to stalk my parcels online every few days, hehe.

In the fourth week, I contacted customer service to check if that timeframe seemed to fit with their deliveries to other Australian customers they kindly confirmed it did.

Turns out my second box arrived one day after the first, which meant it only took around two weeks to arrive. On mentioning this to Tokyo Treat’s customer service at the time, they said a tracked shipping option may be something they look into in the future but for now the parcels are not tracked in order to keep the subscription cost low and competitive.

It’s great that tracked delivery is now an option, though!

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Final tips and important things to know before ordering Tokyo Treat

To ensure you have the best experience with Tokyo Treat, these are important things to keep in mind when ordering:

  • Shipping with DHL is an additional cost per box. As an example, if you sign up for a 3 month subscription, you’ll be charged the price of 3 boxes and 3 lots of shipping. DHL is unaffected by reductions in commercial flights, so your boxes will arrive quickly using this service. Remember, you can save time or money – usually not both.
  • Don’t be alarmed if your second box ships before your first one arrives if shipping by free regular post. This is mentioned on the Tokyo Treat website too. Your boxes may turn up a few days apart, like mine did in the end! Boxes are usually received within a 2 – 4 week timeframe. If you’re worried, contact Tokyo Treat’s friendly customer service and they can answer your questions. Alternatively, the DHL Express shipping option is ideal if you’re impatient to receive your snacks (like me).
  • Your subscription doesn’t automatically expire once you’ve received the allocated boxes you ordered. This is important to note as Tokyo Treat won’t send you a reminder to cancel. Your subscription will automatically renew for the same period after you receive your final box. For example, you’ll be charged another 3 month subscription if you initially subscribed for 3 months. If you need to postpone or cancel your subscription altogether, be sure to make a note to yourself and do so within your account settings to avoid extra charges and boxes. 
  • As noted by one of my readers: If you purchase a gift certificate for family or friends, take note that you will be charged the monthly shipping fee, not the gift recipient.

Concluding this Tokyo Treat Box Review 

So, there you have it with my overall Tokyo Treat review! Do you have a Japanophile in your life who would love this as a gift? Ready to order your own delicious Japanese goodies? Don’t forget, you can use code “INVISIBLE” for a discount or the promo code code at the bottom of the Tokyo Treat website for an extra surprise. If you found this helpful or know someone interested in Tokyo Treat, feel free to share the love!

If you’re thinking about visiting Japan, why not check out my popular itineraries and travel guides while you’re here? From popular destinations to lesser-known places off the beaten path, I have your future Japan trip planning covered.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your Tokyo Treat snacks as much as I do! Let me know what you think of bringing Japan to you in the comments below. You can also come and join me on Facebook, PinterestInstagram and TikTok for more Japan inspiration!

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24 Comments

  1. In Canada,
    Do they deliver the box in my neighbourhood mailbox? It didn’t give me DHL option and I didn’t have to pay it.

    1. Hi Dan, I’m not sure about that, sorry. I’m from Australia so can only speak for there.
      I would guess it would be how your regular parcels are delivered to you?

    1. Hi David,
      I’ve received around a dozen TokyoTreat boxes over the years. Never had an issue with things melting and I’m from Australia. The packaging itself is very sturdy, and I can only remember maybe one or two things such as biscuits arriving cracked out of dozens of items. Hope that helps!

    1. Sure, thing, Ann! The Tokyo Treat box dimensions are:
      Centimetres: W 29 x L 27 x H 10
      Inches: W 11.5 x L 10.5 x H 4
      Hope that helps 🙂

  2. I’ve heard of this subscription service for some time now. It’s good to know that there’s a great variety of snacks you can receive from the box!

    1. Yes, I was quite impressed with the selection as most of the items are difficult for me to find at local Asian grocery stores here in Australia 😃

  3. You correctly note if you order a 3 month subscription but I learned that after the fact as I was re-biller for an entire 3 month period again. The form doesn’t say that obviously. They acts totally helpless about fixing your transaction. I gave my 13 yo granddaughter $100 so she wanted 3 months but there is no reminder and shipping schedule is totally unpredictable.

    1. Hi Leslie, I’m sorry to hear of your experience!
      I’ll make it bold in my final tips that you’ll need to cancel your subscription to avoid getting re-billed.

      As of September 2020, Tokyo Treat has a trackable DHL delivery option for $10.95 (for certain countries) with a delivery period of 2-5 business days after dispatch.
      More info here:
      https://help.tokyotreat.com/hc/en-us/articles/360050883213-Changes-Starting-From-August-Box-Major-Shipping-Method-Updates

      Thanks for sharing your feedback!

    2. I had this problem as well. They only tell you about the auto renewal on the invoice. I’m out $150 because my daughter is moving and they refuse to cancel even though I contacted them the day the auto renewal went through.

      1. Oh no, I’m sorry that happened to you! I hope you’re able to redirect the parcels so your daughter is still able to enjoy them.

  4. My son paid for a box last November and the box has not arrived. My Paypal was charged again for December. Still no box. Help!

    1. Hi Arlene,
      Sorry to say I just reviewed my experience with the box, unfortunately I can’t help you locate yours. You’ll need to get in touch with TokyoTreat directly here: https://tokyotreat.com/contact/support
      I’m sure they will be able to help you.

      Their support team got back to me within 24 hours. The boxes do take a LONG time to arrive though (sometimes up to 5 weeks for me in Australia), and sometimes you will be charged for the next future box before you receive the first. That’s normal 🙂 I think yours will likely come in the next week or so, it’s such a busy time of year with Christmas so things can take longer than usual during this busy time unfortunately. I hope that helps and good luck!

  5. What a great read! I’m a mom of two kids… We are fans of Japanese snacks & candies, you know. Thank you for this!

  6. This is really detailed, thank you for sharing. I like the idea of getting to try the different flavored kit kats and strange drinks. It’s good that I don’t have to go all the way back to Japan just for the snacks now 🙂

    1. So glad to hear that, Sarah. Yes it’s so great to know we can get these yummy snacks delivered right to our doorstep now!

    2. What she does not say is that customer service will not do anything if they loose your box. I have not seen my box for two months and have emailed the company regularly. They only tell me to wait. The reviews posted are not accessible and you are not able to post reviews on it.

      1. Hi Debra,
        Sorry to hear you’re still waiting on your box. Did you choose the trackable option? It could be due to our current global situation where mail providers have taken a hit with reduced services and international flights. Hopefully it will turn up for you soon!

        1. Could their service be available for Vegetarian??or are there any vegetarian options??I’m worried if there are some ingredients comes from animals…

          1. Hi Tom, I think in that case you’re better off with the Sakuraco box, which is from the same company as Tokyo Treat. While vegetarian things are harder to come by in Japan than in other countries and cultures, the Sakuraco box lists allergens and whether a particular item is vegetarian or not. But there is no specific vegetarian-only box. I hope that helps!

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