Oyatsu Karupasu and Umaibo : My Favorite Cheapest “Dagashi” Snacks

Have you ever heard of Japanese “Dagashi (駄菓子)” snacks? Actually, Dagashi is the generic name of cheap Japanese snacks and candies with a relatively small size for kids in particular.

Dagashi was available at many Dagashi shops called “Dagashiya (駄菓子屋)” throughout Japan several decades ago, and those shops basically handled only cheap snacks and candies. But as the shops are decreasing, today I hardly see Dagashiya wherever I go.

Instead, Dagashi snacks are now being sold in the snack and candy section of Japanese convenience stores, supermarkets, and drugstore chains.

My Favorite Cheapest Dagashi Snacks

Some Dagashi snacks only cost 10 yen even now. Those 10 yen Dagashi are the cheapest snacks in Japan. If I give examples of 10 yen Dagashi snacks, what come to my mind right away are Oyatsu Karupas and Umaibo, because these are my favorites. Today, I want to talk about the 2 cheapest Japanese snacks.

Oyatsu Karupasu (おやつカルパス)

Oyatsu Karupasu – Japanese beef jerky snacks

Oyatsu Karupasu is a popular Japanese beef jerky snack. Correctly, it is a semi-dry sausage snack. The Dagashi snack is being sold for only 10 yen in Japan and available at many supermarkets, drugstore chains, and convenience stores.

As you can see from the package, this Dagashi snack makes children feel familiar and happy. Even Japanese adults like eating the sausage snacks, drinking beer and other alcoholic drinks.

The snack is tender in texture and not spicy at all as compared to general beef jerky. Although the price is just 10 yen, the Japanese sausage snack is tasty and addictive. Therefore, I think it is no exaggeration to say that Oyatsu Karupasu is one of the best Japanese beef jerky snacks.

Umaibo (うまい棒)

Umaibo, 50 Packs of 11 Flavors

Umaibo is a Japanese corn puff snack bar known as the king of Dagashi. In fact, I think this Dagashi is one of the most famous and popular Japanese snacks in the world as well as in Japan.

The original Umaibo went on the market in 1979. Surprisingly, the price of 10 yen hasn’t been changed since the snack was first introduced into the market. Now, there are more than 10 flavors in the Umaibo series, including Mentai, Corn Potage, Cheese, Salami, Teriyaki Burger, and Salad, and these corn puff snack bars are also available at many supermarkets, drugstore chains, and convenience stores in Japan.

Umaibo is a corn puff snack bar with a slightly hard texture. Although the price is only 10 yen, the Japanese snack is really unique and tasty. This is why Umaibo is one of the best Dagashi snacks loved by many Japanese.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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