You might have heard your friends sing praises about them.
You might even have visited them a few times yourself in your past trips.
But (at the danger of sounding like a gushing fanboy) truly, not enough can be said about just how versatile, useful, welcoming, and just all-around awesome the Japanese Convenience Store (aka Konbini) are.
How are Konbini awesome you ask?
#1 Great, reasonably-priced food that fits all seasons and occasions.
Food in Konbinis are almost always of a very high-standard, but it’s also far more diverse than many might realise.
From snack foods to quick-bites, Konbini also adequately provide alternatives for full meals for people on the go.
Chips for snacking, sandwiches for a lightning quick-yet-satisfying breakfast, bentos for lunches – the list goes on.
#2 Providing of essential & convenient services
It’s a strange, strange world we live in where it comes as a surprise to us when a convenience store is actually, well, convenient.
But that’s exactly what Konbini strive to be; offering a bevy of services like ATMs, as well as selling just about any essential product under the sun.
Need quick cash? Looking for batteries? Perhaps you need an umbrella, hair wax, or a way to top up your Suica card?
Konbinis have you covered.
#3 Limited-edition goodies
A slightly lesser-known, but still awesome fact, Konbini often go above and beyond to stay ahead of the pack in the highly competitive market. That’s where collaborations come in – such as tie-ins with popular anime franchises!
From special products, premium foods, and ‘Kujis’ (limited-run lucky draw contests) that give you a chance to win exclusive merchandise, hardcore fans of specific anime franchises would do well to keep their eyes peeled. You’d never know when something cool would pop up!