5 Japanese snacks you should try in Tokyo

1) Krepu

Although it was inspired by a French pancake crêpe, krepu was originally created in Harajuku, Japan in the 1970s and has since become a typical sweet of the area. Krepu is a piece of pancake folded into four and topped with whipped cream and fruit, or even some chocolate sauce.

twelve different kinds of crepes at Krepu Tokyo

2) Yakiimo

Sweet potatoes baked in a stone oven. From late autumn onwards, you’ll often come across food trucks which serve them. Many locals cannot resist the lure of the drivers’ call, especially on a cold day. The cooks will often give you a tiny piece to taste, so why not try it?

a half eaten Yakiimo snack

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3) Imagawa-Yaki

A small thick pancake filled with an (red bean paste). Sometimes also called kaiten yaki or oban-yaki depending on the region. These days you can take your pick from a wide range of fillings, including custard cream, chocolate cream, cheese cream, and so on. Eat while warm.

a plate full of Imagawa-yaki snacks

4) Tai-yaki

Very similar in taste to imagawa-yaki, but tai-yaki is baked in a fish-shaped mould, is crispier than imagawa-yaki and contains more bean paste. Some of the shops sell hane tsuki tai-yaki, with a crispy coating.

Japanese snack Tai-yaki in the shape of a fish

5) Tako-yaki

Tako (octopus) + yaki (grill). Octopus mixed in a batter, made with flour, eggs and milk, served with pickled ginger and spring onion. Usually they will serve you six or eight balls on a plate with mayonnaise and ao nori (seaweed). Be careful not to burn your tongue.

Tako-yaki snack in the shape of balls

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