Last updated 8/14/2020
Japan has some crazy candy. You can usually find it cheap. The best places to shop for cheap candy are in Welcia drug stores, Don Quijote discount stores (see below) and ordinary conbini such as Family Mart, Lawson, or 7-11.
Meiji chocolates. Meiji in general is a well-respected brand in Japan.
Strawberry Milk Candy.
Gumdrops (Gamudoroppu in Japanese).
Happy barf Licorice.
Japanese equivalent of Slim Jims – pepperoni-flavored beef/pork sticks.
Crystal sugar rock candy.
Small chocolate/strawberry squares.
One of the best places to buy cheap snacks + candy in Japan is the discount store Don Quijote. Look for the crazed penguin outside. There are lots of them all over Tokyo, the one shown above is in Itabashi. There is also one near Tokyo Dome City, Ginza (shown below), and in Ikebukuro.
Inside Don Quijote: total madness.
Don Quijote Ginza (located at 35°40’01.63″ N 139°45’43.15″ E). It’s actually located just southwest of Ginza on the edge of Shiodome. One of the best Don Quijotes in Tokyo for snacks hands down. This one also happens to sell lots of good bicycles cheap outside on the right side. You can even get a GM/Hummer bike here for around $300.
More snacks in Don Quijote Ginza. Around $1.00 – $1.25 USD.
Another little snack from Don Quijote.