|Above, an Asakusa Family Mart. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
One of the most handy places to pick up a few essentials (and non-essentials) in Japan are their convenience stores. There's usually one within walking distance from wherever you're at.
Japan Info has an article on Japan's three main convenience stores and what can be bought there. The three are Seven-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson's. Of the three, I like Lawson's the best.
They start with:
People who have been to Japan and have attested to the country’s impressive convenience store lineup aren’t exaggerating.
Japanese convenience stores, or “konbini” in Japanese, have tons of surprises that will make your first, second, and perhaps even third visit a “wow moment” experience. The presence of these shops is no longer limited to urban areas but even to small towns in the countryside. If you are planning to stay in one of the major cities, then it will most definitely be an advantage for you to know the three major go-to convenience stores that are open 24-7 and provide a great food selection ranging from main meals to desserts. Whether it’s a late-night snack, a quick bite or a trip to buy some basic toiletries, these konbini giants have you covered.
To read more, go here.