What is Chipstar ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #18


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This is SHINTA+, Japanese writer.


What is ‘Chipstar’ ??

I want to know it !

This page is
  • To introduce ‘Chipstar’ as product well known in Japan
  • To clear your question about it

I wrote this article to introduce ‘Chipstar’, as popular Japanese product and to clear your question about it.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Introduction of ‘Chipstar’ in Japan
  • Deep Diving with Q & A style
    • History
    • Origin of name
    • Line-up
    • Price, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about ‘Chipstar’ in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about Chipstar in Japan, after reading this page.

What is ‘Chipstar’ ?

‘Chipstar’ is one of very popular potato chips in Japan. It’s not made from sliced potato, but from potato flakes.

As ‘Chipstar’ is well molded to unified shape, outer package is with cylindrical box, while other potato chips are generally packed in plastic film bag.

Chipstar is no.1 sales in the category of molded potato chips in Japan. The shape of package is well known in Japan.

Introduction of Chipstar
  • Very popular potato chips in Japan
  • Made from potato flakes, molded to potato chips
  • Packed in cylindrical paper box
  • The shape of package is quite well known in Japan

Deep Diving into Chipstar in Japan

I would like to introduce more information about Chipstar in Japan, in this paragraph with Q & A style, so that you can access information easily.

Please kindly open items what you want to know.


I hope you can clear your question in this part.

‘Chipstar’ is named with hope to be ‘No.1 Star of Potato Chips’.

Developer of the product tentatively called prototype as ‘Chipstar’. In release of the product to market, ‘Chipstar’ became official name.

Sauce : Yamazaki webpage

Chipstar has more than 40 years of history in Japan.

  • Manufacturer, Yamazaki started sales in 1976
    • First molded potato chips in Japan
    • Named to be No.1 start of potato chips
    • Package was made from paper, plastic, and steel
  • In 1992, material of outer package was changed to 100% of paper

Manufacturer, Yamazaki started sales of ‘Chipstar’ in 1976, as first molded potato chips, which is made from potato flakes.

Initially, outer package was made from plastic, paper and steel, however, in 1992, it was changed to 100% of paper.

With nice flavor and continuously broadcasted TV CM, ‘Chipstar’ was getting popular in Japanese market.

Reference : Yamazaki webpage

There are two size and multiple favor of Chipstar in Japan

  • Size
    • Large size 115g
    • Normal size 50g
  • Regular Flavors
    • ‘Usu Shio’ as light salty flavor in Red box
    • ‘Nori Shio’ as seaweed and salt, in green box
    • ‘Consommé’ as powdered bouillon in orange box
  • Additional Flavors (Replaced frequently)
    • Sour Cream Onion
    • Grilled Chicken
    • Butter Soysauce

Reference : Yamazaki webpage

Chipstar is available in various places in Japan

  • Convenience stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Drugstores
  • Kiosks
  • Vending machine (DyDo)
  • Amusement arcades (Prize of Game)

Author’s research in Yokohama city

The price of Chipstar is as follows :

  • JPY 110 for normal size (50g)
  • JPY 230 for large size (115g).

Author’s research in Yokohama city


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I hope you have clear understanding of Chipstar !

Thank you for your reading !