Hello everyone! When you are sightseeing in Japan, you sometimes have a little extra time between visits, don’t you? This is a good time to visit a convenience store. Convenience stores in Japan are deep and you can enjoy Japanese culture in a “safe,” “close” and “easy” way. Personally, I can enjoy 30 minutes in a store, 30 minutes buying something and taking it home! Here are some of the attractions of such convenience stores.
Benefits of sightseeing at convenience stores
Easy to reach because it is everywhere and open 24 hours a day
Unless you are deep in the mountains, there is usually a convenience store within a 10-minute walk, and according to statistics from June 2021, there are 55890 convenience stores. https://www.jfa-fc.or.jp/particle/320.html And since most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, it is easy to go sightseeing when you have time between sightseeing!
Goods are cheap and can be enjoyed cheaply
There are candy bars starting at 10 yen. Hot snacks are around 150 yen, and other items are very inexpensive. (Please compare the yen rate with your own currency.) Even if you buy several pieces, they are much cheaper than in other tourist areas. This is a good choice for travelers who want to save money.
We are particular about each product that is placed, and you can enjoy it just by looking at it.
As you can see in this photo, there are many products, but each one is packed with attention to packaging and raw materials. If you look for something that you don’t have in your own country and buy it, it will be a new experience, and you can enjoy it just by looking at it without buying it.
There is also a toilet and a trash can, which can be used as a resting space.
About 80% of convenience stores have toilets that can be used free of charge. You can use the restroom by saying “toile-tukaimasu” to the clerk (in some cases, you can use the restroom even if you don’t say it). (In some cases, you can use the restroom even if you do not say so.) There is usually a restroom symbol at the far end of the store, so use that as a guide. There are also rest areas and trash cans, but most are reserved for those who have purchased merchandise. 100 yen items can be used, so it is best to buy something if you want to use it.
Introduction of sightseeing spots of convenience stores
Food area (sandwiches, bento boxes, ice cream, drinks, frozen food)
There are many individually packaged food items on the shelves. You can rest assured that there is 100% no chance of getting food poisoning. There is also a wide variety of drinks, and I think it is a good idea to enjoy a variety of drinks during your trip. Most teas and other drinks do not contain sugar.
Hot snack area
This is the hot stand next to the cash register. I recommend the deep-fried chicken; it costs about 180 yen and you can enjoy it right where you bought it. Other snacks such as oden and steamed buns may also be available. Basically, you can buy them by pointing at them and telling them you want to buy them. (Convenience store clerks often do not speak foreign languages.) Oden is sold only in winter. If you see it, try to buy it. I recommend daikon and tamago (egg). Both are only about 200 yen, so you can easily enjoy them!
It is often in the middle of the store. Trendy sweets are lined up. Most of them cost around 10 to 200 yen, so you can enjoy them at a low price. It doesn’t come off and everything is delicious, so I recommend you to try anything. Personally, I like Toppo (# ^. ^ #)
It is a magazine corner right at the entrance of the store. Magazines that are popular in Japan are lined up. If you want to know about the entertainment of the masses, please click here. Recently, there are cases where you cannot read the contents because a sticker is stuck on the book. In that case, please buy and read.
Daily necessities area
We sell almost everything you need for your daily life, such as smartphone charging kits, underwear, and sanitary napkins. I think you should buy it here when you need it.
Break space, toilet, trash can
As noted above. Trash cans are often located near the entrance to the store or outside the store. For payment at convenience stores, we recommend SUICA, which we introduced earlier. I think it is best to actually go to a convenience store and enjoy it the way you want to enjoy it. Do not underestimate them as ordinary supermarkets. It is amazing!