Calpis Water

My favorite non-alcoholic drink in Japan is called Calpis Water.  This beverage is an non-carbonated drink, manufactured by Calpis Co., Ltd., headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, with a light, somewhat milky, and slightly acidic flavor, similar to plain or vanilla-flavored yogurt (I like yogurt).  Its ingredients include water, nonfat dry milk and lactic acid, and is produced by lactic acid fermentation.


Its carbonated variety, known as Calpis Soda, is also widely available in Japan – I have tried this also, but I don’t like it as much as Calpis Water.  According to the Calpis website, there are other Calips flavors such as Mango, Strawberry and Lychee.


27 thoughts on “Calpis Water

  1. Back a long, long time ago, Disney Land in California sold Calpis syrup from one of their souvenir shops way in the back of the park. It was advertised at the time as a mixer for cocktails, as well as just being good when mixed with water. I had no idea what it was, and just remembered it as being super sweet with little other flavor. No one else that tried it liked it, so I had the entire bottle to myself. It wasn’t until I came to Japan the first time in 1992 that I found out that it was a standard beverage here. I don’t drink it all that much now because of the amount of sugar in it, but I still like to have it once in a while on a hot summer day.

  2. Dang, I *guzzled* Calpis like crazy when I was in Japan a couple of years ago- I could never figure out what it was made of, joked all the time with other Americans about how something that sounds so similar to “cow piss” could never sell in the U.S., but I loved it so much . . . to me, it always tasted a little bit like pineapple sherbet, with its sweet fruity tang.

    I wish I could find it here in California, because I would definitely buy it. Heck, I’d even take a shot at trying to make my own if I could figure out how!

    • Guess what Cand86, they do sell it in California at some places. It is under the English name “Calpico” which is hillarious to me because when I was in Japan I was telling him how the name sounded like cow-piss in english. I told him it would never sell with that name in the U.S. and after some though he said why not name it “Calpico.” He actually had no clue its sold under that name and just took a whack at it. I thought that was pretty funny.

      Anyway Just a two weeks ago I bought a 24 pack of 11.6 oz calpico cans at the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa. I am sure lots of other places sell it as well if you look or have any japanese market/shops in your area. Its a bit more expensive than it is in Japan buying out of vending machines. I also bought some Mitsuya Cider and treated my self to santouka ramen while I was there as well.

  3. Come to Hawaii! They’re everywhere…
    Here you can find them at the many Asian markets in Honolulu, the ABC store, Sushi Bars, and even Walmart =]

  4. I just tried calpis I live in Florida where can I by calpis? My sons in the navy and he sent me a bottle now i’m hooked where can i get some

  5. you can buy them in asian groceries in Sydney. That’s what I love about Sydney – its multiculturalism.
    PS i found this blog via google. Calpis water is good stuff – bought a six pack of Calpis cans !

    • Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting – glad you are able to find Calpis Water in Sydney. Just like Sydney, Toronto is a very multi-cultural city so I hope to also find it there when I return.

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  7. Just discovered your website while Googling Calpis. I was in Japan for three weeks in March 2010 and, like you, discovered Calpis and really liked it. I will read more of your blog when I have time. This was my first trip to Japan and I kept a running blog (the URL is above). You can check it out if you are curious.

    • Glad you found my blog. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I have added your blog to my RSS reader and will certainly follow your adventures in Japan – looks like you had a great trip, hope you get a chance to come back soon!

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  10. I’ve just bought a bottle of calpis water. I am now in Aichi, Japan, for a training, It didn’t mean actually to buy it, just pick it up when I was confused what to drink. I like it. I go through internet and I find this blog. I am Indonesian and live i Jakarta. I hope I can find it back home.

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