Introduction to Japanese Bread types


Written by aki

Japanese Bread types

It is said that bread was introduced to Japan around 1543.
Bread is a food that originated overseas, but by combining it with ingredients unique to Japan, a lot of bread unique to Japan was born.

Today,the type of bread that originated in Japan!


What are Japanese bread called?

Bread is generally called “pan(パン)” in Japan.
Also, sweet bread is collectively called “Kashipan(菓子パン)“.

Japanese pan meaning


Japanese Bread types



One of the most typical Japanese breads is Anpan, a loaf of bread with anko (red bean paste) inside.

Bread made by Japanese baker with repeated improvements for the Japanese.

Anpan is a bread that often appears in cartoons and animations.


Cream pan(クリームパン)

cream pan

The bread is filled with a generous amount of custard cream. This bread is popular among children.

I often see recipes online because they can be made with simple ingredients.


Curry pan(カレーパン)

curry pan

This bread is very popular in Japan.
Japanese curry is wrapped in bread, sprinkled with bread crumbs, and fried.

The crunchy texture and the spicy curry flavor go very well together!


Melon pan(メロンパン)

Melon pan

Melon pan is cookie crusted bread shaped like a melon.
It does not mean containing any melon in side of the roll.

They’re often sold in Japanese convenience stores!
Sweets with ice cream inside are also popular.




Shokuban is also known overseas as “Japanese Milk Bread”.

Flour, water, and salt are added, as well as milk and butter.
It is very soft and fluffy.


It can be eaten as is or toasted and topped with butter or jam.
The outside will be crispy and the inside will be fluffy.




If you come to Japan, check out the types of bread.

Anpan and cream pans can be bought inexpensively at convenience stores.
And of course, the bakery’s breads are soooo good!

In addition, I will introduce how to buy bread from Japanese bakeries in the blog next time!


We hope you will try our Japanese bread.



Hello! I live in a place called Shiga, Japan. I'm not very good at English, but I'm writing this blog in the hope that I can convey some of Japan's beautiful places and delicious food to people overseas.