14 Most Popular Japanese Drinks That You Should Try in 2020!
Japan has a seriously large range of beverages, ranging from soda, soft drinks, probiotic and milk flavoured drinks. If we are talking about beverages, Japan is second to none!
Today we bring you some of the most famous Japanese drinks that you need to get your hands on! If you love the Japanese culture and love to try their wide range of amazing beverages in Japan, this list is just perfect for you. We have combined varieties of delicious Japanese drinks; carbonated drinks , Japanese juice drinks, soy milk, these can be found in almost every local Asian groceries stores and vending machines. If you are visiting Japan, don’t forget to give these a go!
1. Pocari Sweat
Speaking of best Japanese drinks, we are sure you have heard of the Pocari Sweat. It is a famous Japanese drink especially for those with ions deficiency. It supplies hydration and ions to your body to give you a boost of energy and nutrients. Pocari Sweat is highly recommended when you lose body fluid during exercises, outdoor activities, fever or whenever you feel dehydrated, it claims that the drink contains ions to help replenish your bodily fluids.
Ramune is a carbonated soft drink made with lime and lemon flavours with added sugar. It was originally made with lemon and cider flavours, however over time these two flavours are almost undistinguishable due to the use of lemon-based flavours in cider. It has a perfect blend of carbonated and frizzy texture, if you are in need for an instant refresher, a sip of ramune drink will quench your thirst. Ramune is known for the distinctive design of its bottle, they are made of glass and carefully sealed with a marble top.
3. Calpis Water
Calpis is a milk-based Japanese drink widely loved in Japan. The milk is skimmed, with yeast and lactic acid bacterium added. It is then left to ferment. Once it has fermented to a certain level, sugar is added. The mixture is again left to ferment further, and finally becomes Calpis. It's available in all Japanese convenience stores, supermarkets, and vending machines. If you have the chance to visit Japan, be sure to not miss out on this beauty!
Yakult is a delicious probiotic fermented milk drink that contains Yakult's exclusive probiotic. Daily consumption of Yakult helps improve digestion and helps build immunity, but it is hard to control yourself when it tastes so good! It prevents digestive disorders such as diarrhea and constipation. It is widely loved around the world due to its distinctive flavour that cannot be replicated by any other company! You can try Yakult almost anywhere around the world, it also comes in a large bottle for Yakult’s lovers out there.
5. Calpis Soda
Calpis Soda is a carbonated version of Calpis water, the flavour is more mellow, however, it has a strong milk flavour, mild & smoothly creamy, not as much of the lemonade or lemon/lime soda flavour. The ingredients are listed as cane sugar, milk and 'dairy products' (lactose), maltose and soy derived sugar. It is a delicious drink that has a perfect blend of sweet, tangy and refreshing!
6. Green Tea
Japanese green tea is quite a rare charm across Asia, people treasure the aromatic scent of Japanese tea. Japanese green tea has a healing scent that originated from their roasting technique, if you want to enjoy the full aroma of green tea, we highly recommend Hojicha and Genmaicha, these two are the perfect combination for an ultimate bedtime relaxation, enjoy the fragant aroma, sweetness and taste of brown rice at the same time. If you are particular about your flavour of tea, we recommend you play close attention to the tea production area.
7. Canned Coffee
Canned coffee is largely enjoyed by the Japanese because it is convenient and quite perfect for those mornings rush hour. It has been popular since its first appearance in the Japanese beverage market in the 1970s. It can be seen everywhere from vending machines to local convenience stores. It is also available in both hot and cold cans that can be accessed at most vending machines. They offer wide range of products that would suit your preference; bitterness, acidity, aroma and sweet.
8. Melon Soda
The Japanese melon soda is certainly a classic in Japanese culture, it has a distinctly bright green colour with the perfect frizzy-ness. It is a fizzy drink that is a prominent feature in any Japanese convenience store. From seriously sweet, bright green melon soda to acidic lemonades to tiny bottles of intense energy drinks, there is no doubt that Japan has the soft drink market well and truly covered. Melon soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream on top is a popular dessert among children.
9. Mitsuya Cider
The “Mitsuya Cider” was first introduced into japan in 1884 and it has been loved for over 130 years since it first launched, it has become national drink of Japan. It is a mixed of carbonated drink with apple liquor flavour, the mix goes perfectly well that it has been a staple in all Japanese household. It is easily available at mass retailers such as vending machines, convenience stores and supermarkets.
10. Dole Mango Mix 100%
The Dole Mango Mix is an intense combination of mangos, peaches and oranges, it will sure take you for a walk on the wild side of adventurous fruit flavour! The juice is a perfect blend of each flavour, not too sweet and not too sour. The perfect tropical taste that you cannot get enough of, great to have with any meal anytime of the day! High vitamin C content with plenty of nutrients for your everyday juice.
11. Kagome Vegetable 100% Original Juice
Kagome Vegetables life 100% original is vegetables fruit mixed juice using 20 kinds of vegetables and three kinds of fruit. A combination of vitamin C and vitamin A from vegetables extract, receiving daily nutrients of fibre and vitamins while enjoying the fruity taste of an orange and the apple. The goodness of 24 different types of vegetables and fruits, all in one easy-to-drink package! This 200ml carton is packed to the brim with enough vitamins and minerals to make up an entire salad bar!
12. Asahi Mitsuya Cider Kuchidoke Momo Peach Carbonated Soft Drink
A drink with a royal combination of fine carbonated juice and 10% fruit juice, Mitsuya Kudomomo will be the reference drink when talking about the taste of fine carbonated drinks.
13. Kikkoman Tonyu SoyMilk Mango Drink
Kikkoman offers wide range of soymilk options, even mango and soymilk? That is right, you either love or hate this drink, there is no in between! The mango flavour surprisingly compliments the milky soybean very well, the fruity flavour has a perfect hint of sweetness that does not overpower the soymilk. Definitely a must if you are vegan and love to experiment soymilk products.
14. Kikkoman Tonyu SoyMilk Chocolate Mint Drink
Kikkoman soymilk chocolate mint drink is largely popular in Japan, as people a lot of Japanese are lactose intolerant, making soymilk their go-to option. It is simply delicious with a perfect hint of sweetness. This deliciousness can be enjoyed cold and warm!
They are always displayed at the supermarket's soymilk section without running out of stock and are definitely a hot-selling product. Easily accessible in the vending machines.