Oct 4, 2016
Back in America, I was a big soda drinker. I did eventually manage to give it up in order to try to be more healthy so drinking soda is now just a treat for me. Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of options for soda in Japan.
The standards tend to be Coke, Sprite, and Fanta. Lemon Coke is also available occasionally. You can find Pepsi, but it’s usually Pepsi Strong, which does have a very slightly different flavor than Pepsi. Of course Pepsi Next is also popular, but I’m one to stay away from diet options. Mountain Dew is available, usually in cans in vending machines, but it’s made with a different type of sugar than the Mountain Dew in the States, so the flavor is totally different. If you venture to an import store, Dr. Pepper, Cherry Dr Pepper, A&W Root Beer, and A&W Cream Soda are also added to the list of choices.
This gives you about 10 total choices for soda from back home. Of course, Japan has its own sodas too, Kalpis Soda (horrible name imo), Mitsuya Cider, and Mets, just to name a few.
These flavors tend grow old if you spend any length of time in Japan. Fortunately, Fanta has the answer to our (maybe just mine?) problems.
Fanta is available in the standard grape and orange versions but also puts out new flavors seasonally. Japan seems to like seasonal items, and soda is no exception! The only major drawback is that these flavors are not sold in convenience stores or vending machines, you have to go to the supermarket for them.
This seasons flavor is blood orange. It has a distinctly Halloween-y feel to it, with black and dark orange packaging and the orange design somewhat resembling a blood moon. The drink itself is a pinkish orange. The flavor, in my opinion, doesn’t resemble a blood orange at all but it isn’t a bad flavor. It does remind me of last seasons flavor quite a bit though. Fanta had a salt and watermelon flavor during the summer that was quite refreshing on hot days.
While Fanta’s seasonal flavors usually aren’t great, I haven’t tried any that are completely horrible yet. They are great though if you’re looking for a new drink, and for someone like me, a wonderful break from the monotony of drinking the same thing over and over again.
What’s your go to drink in Japan?
I'm currently living in Sendai with my husband, baby, and one more on the way. We'll be raising a family while exploring all that Tohoku has to offer.
I'm an aspiring writer/blogger and also into English teaching and Etsy. Also, ¥100 shops.
I love testing the new (to me) flavors Japan has to offer! Specifically, I have become fully addicted to the autumn Mets flavor "Lemon Squash" But you should check out the Pepsi Halloween promo - they put out "Ghost" flavors, where the bottles all look the same but there's a mystery flavor inside. Last time I tried it was wild cherry pepsi, which, obviously, was awesome. http://kpquepasa.blogspot.jp/2015/10/5-fall-flavors-that-are-foreign-to.html
I've just picked up a couple of Metz LEMON which are new to me but they were selling 2 for the price of 1 in the 100 yen shop so I thought it would be rude not to buy em. Plus I love all things 'lemon'. Away from that, I was pleased when they started selling Orangina over here, and on occasion I might pick up a Schweppes lemonade if I can find it.
@KpQuePasa Oh, I think I tried that last year! I totally forgot about it! I'll have to keep an eye out for it again this year.