Looking to get into the Christmas spirit while you're in Japan this month? Well, there's no shortage of food and drinks to make you feel festive inside and out! Before you say it - yes, the options on this list are all imports that have been brought into Japan from other parts of the world - but hey, they're cute and tasty. Here are five spots you can get a seasonal sweet or bite to eat that have merry written all over them.
Baskin Robbins/31 Ice Japan Parfaits
Baskin Robbins (or 31 Ice as they're known in Japan) get into the spirit through ice cream for a number of different celebrations throughout the year. Their Christmas offerings include bunny, panda, snowman, bear and cat ice cream sundae cups - complete with little antlers to really make them unmistakably festive.
Starbucks Japan Candied Pistachio Frappuccino
Starbucks Japan often has some unique flavor offerings throughout the year, and right now they've got both a candied pistachio frappuccino and also a hot latte version. Can't get much more Christmas inspired than the green of the pistachio flavor and the red of the raspberry cookie that's sprinkled on top. Delish!
Krispy Kreme Donuts
Krispy Kreme brings the goods with their range of Christmas donuts - they've got a snowman, a reindeer (complete with pretzels for ears), a Christmas tree, and Santa Claus in delicious carb-form. If you can't decide on which one to get, you might just have to grab one of each!
Pepsi Christmas Cola
Japan is known for often releasing some...unique beverages. This year for the holiday season, Pepsi have got a Christmas cola out on the shelves, which is intended to taste like the Christmas strawberry cakes you'll see in bakeries and cake shops at this time of year. Everyone I know who has tried it hasn't been a fan, but hey - if you're game, give it a try!
Wait...KFC? For Christmas? It's true - Japan and KFC for Christmas might seem like an odd pairing, but a marketing campaign across the country back in the 70's has made no festive season here complete without it. You have to book early for KFC Christmas dinner sets (they actually sell out!) and you can even get a commemorative plate out of it. It doesn't hurt that Colonel Sanders makes for a pretty convincing Santa Claus, either.
Hopefully if you're looking for some festive foodie fun while you're in Japan this December, some of these might be right up your alley!