TokyoTreat and Japan Crate are two of the best Japanese Snack Boxes, but the question on most minds after reading the first sentence is, "Which one is better, Japan Crate or TokyoTreat? Though we can't objectively point to the best, we can give you tips to help you make a choice that best suits you, but first, let's know a little about the brands.
TokyoTreat started as a small business in 2015. The founder, Ayumi Chikamoto, a Tokyo native, decided to launch the product after getting multiple requests from friends around the globe. The requests were for unique Japanese snacks such as rice crackers and Hi-chew candy. She initially carried out the business from her living room, but today, TokyoTreat boasts millions of subscribers around the globe.
Japan Crate was founded by Hank Rao in 2014 after he visited Japan. He had always loved Japan and its culture, from the food to the music. So he decided to launch Japan Crate because he wanted to, in his words, "take the excitement, bewilderment, and happiness that I experienced in Japan and share that with everyone each month".
Price is a very important determiner when choosing between products of similar nature. Both TokyoTreat and Japan Crate have price ranges based on the type of subscription. Check out the various prices for their Monthly Snack Subscription.
A box of TokyoTreat contains 15-20 items, and you’ll get 1 or 2 of the following snacks:
A Crate of Japan Crate contains 18-20 candies and snacks, and other items:
Both subscription boxes are themed around a particular season, festival/holiday in Japan, or something fun and creative.
Examples of past Tokyo treat seasons are:
Japan Crate has some of the most beautiful boxes you’ll ever find:
An interesting point worth mentioning, Japan Crate is known for collaborating with Media studios to create anime and manga-themed boxes, such as their Persona 5 and sword art online boxes.
TokyoTreat has two groups for express shipping, numbered one and numbered two, and one group for regular shipping. The first group is made up of countries mainly in Asia, islands in the Pacific, and some parts of Africa and the United States of America. Countries in the second tier are nations in Europe and South America, and both groups take an estimated 2-14 working days at the cost of $10.50 and $12.50, respectively. Deliveries in the last group cost $12.50 and take a delivery time of up to 28 working days.
Japan Crate offers free shipping worldwide for most countries except for a few countries, which incurs a $9.95 fee (you can check if your country belongs to this list on their website). Shipping to the United States takes a delivery time of only 3-5 working days, 7-10 working days to Canada, and 10-20 working days to the rest of the world.
TokyoTreat has sister brands for different needs.
Japan crate has four other subscription boxes.
Both crates share a lot of similarities and are also unique in their ways. We've explored everything from price to content and theme. All that's left is to make the choice that suits you.
Now, have you heard of ZenPop? We offer even more Japanese snacks in our jumbo snack box with over 1400g of treats (3lbs), and plenty of surprises! We include senbei, chocolates, Kit Kats, noodles, drinks, and more unique snakcs, wagashi, and dagashi from Japan!
If you find yourself craving Japanese munchies, why don’t you order a ZenPop snack box where you get loads of candies and snacks from Japan?
This article was originally written by our freelance writer Umm-Kulthum Abdulkareem and edited by us.