Garrett Popcorn Shops in Harajuku

Handcrafted gourmet popcorn from Chicago is in Japan!

By Jessica A Paje    - 3 min read

Have you recently visited Harajuku and wondered about the long line that wrapped around the tree just on the other side of the train station? Or, did you happen to stop directly in front of Garrett Popcorn Shops and try to enter, but were denied because there were about 100 people already waiting in line across the street? Doh! Although the average wait time can be 1.5 hours on the weekend, it is well worth standing even in the chilly temperatures this time of year. The handcrafted gourmet popcorn at Garrett Popcorn Shops is out of this world!

I am not from Chicago, nor am I a popcorn connoisseur. But, I do enjoy munching on popcorn in the theater, at a baseball game, or at home with the family during movie night. It’s low in calories and enough to get you through an event or satisfy a snack craving. But, now that I’ve had Garrett Popcorn, I’ll have to find more reasons to enjoy popcorn because their recipe is just so very yummy! According to Garrett Popcorn’s brochure, they use only the highest quality ingredients from area producers and every batch is handmade daily in old-fashioned copper kettles. In my opinion, this popcorn outshines every box of Cracker Jack I’ve opened and all of the microwaveable bags I’ve warmed up. Each freshly popped kernel is carefully smothered with greatness and I just can’t seem to get enough of it.

At the Harajuku location, they offer seven signature gourmet popcorn flavors in signature packaging. Each flavor is gluten-free and can be purchased in a small, medium or large bag, or 1-quart or 1-gallon Signature Blue Tin. On our recent visit, the Signature Blue Tin was sold out, so we opted for the Garrett Signature Snowflake tin and filled it with CaramelCrisp, 2,800 yen. At 140 calories per 1-cup, this flavor was not at all too sweet, sticky or clumpy. It’s light and airy and you just end up wanting more and more. We read the The Chicago Mix was the No. 1 flavor around the world, so we decided on a medium bag to snack on during our road trip home. It’s a half & half mix of CheeseCorn and CaramelCrisp. Our only regret is that we didn’t order this flavor in a 1-gallon tin. It’s such a sensational combination of sweet and savory and hands down addicting!

As of today, Japan is one of the nine international Garrett Popcorn Shops locations. There are two alone in Japan: Harajuku & Chiba. To access Garrett Popcorn in Tokyo, take a 1-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station, or 30 seconds from the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line-Fukutoshin at Meiji Jingu-mae Station Exit 3. Hours are 10:00am to 9:00pm daily. However, due to the congestion, please plan ahead.

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Jessica A Paje

Jessica A Paje @jessica.paje

Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Yokosuka, Japan, for 5 years. In 2010, I arrived with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also went to California for 1 month, raised a monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the USA could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. I wanted them to know that the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as Japan Travel to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here. Feel free to contact me at Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶

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Kim a year ago
Olga 7 years ago
There is also always a long line in front of KuKuRuZa down the street in Omotesando. Have never tried it but maybe it is worth waiting...
Jerome Lee 7 years ago
I can attest to its quality, so yes, its worth waiting. But maybe not in the dead of winter...
Jerome Lee 7 years ago
We have Garett's in Singapore as well, and it always amazes me how there is no queue here at the Singapore branches, unlike the snaking queues in Harajuku. Either way, I have to agree, they are indeed delicious!
Jeradyne Cheong 7 years ago
Golden brown perfection!
Nicole Bauer 8 years ago
This is awesome Jessica! I'm actually not a big popcorn fan and I never really understood why people would line up like this just to get some popcorn…. But as you are describing it here, it makes my mouth water :-))