Konbini - Convenience stores in Japan

Konbini (コンビニ or konbiniensu sutoa TP ンビニエンスストア) are convenience stores in Japan that sell everything and are open 24 hours a day and are spread all over Japan, leaving any grocery store or grocery store in the slipper.

Inside of Konbini you can find everything, besides the normal things in a market, you can find snacks, obento (lunchbox), stationery, ATM, pharmaceuticals, tickets and event tickets, prepaid cards, bill payment, seasonal products, you will find absolutely everything, we have a huge list at the end.

A large number of people prefer to have lunch with a konbini lunchbox to save money and not have too much work. The konbini lunches are placed up to 4 times on the day direct from the factory, it is possible to heat your lunch box in the konbini itself. Not to mention the countless quantity of hot and cold drinks to accompany your lunch.

Konbini - convenience stores in japan

Konbini networks

There are more than 55 thousand konbini scattered throughout Japan, in some places you can find one at every corner. Not to mention that these convenience stores belong to major chains like Seven Eleven, Lawson, Family Mart and others. You konbini emerged around the 70s with 7-Eleven Japan that wanted to expand its business.


Currently in Japan the ranking of konbini are divided between the following networks:

  1. Seven Eleven - 16,319 stores
  2. Lawson - 11,606 stores
  3. Family Mart - 10,547 stores
  4. Circle K Sunkus - 6,359 stores
  5. Ministop - 2,218 stores
  6. Daily Yamazaki - 1,600 stores

There are several other chains not mentioned in the article, some are usually in a certain region of Japan, others have few stores.

Konbini attendants use a keigo formal language, and must know English to serve customers in the best possible way. Some of these konbini even promote events, special products, sweepstakes and various things to the community.

List of Products and Services

See a list with most of the products, advantages and facilities that these convenience stores offer the community in Japan. Remembering that the list does not even have half of what a konbini offers, and sometimes in the list there is something that not all konbini has.

  • Foods
    • Obento (lunchbox)
    • Onigiri
    • Oden
    • Various types of bread
    • Drinks of all kinds
    • Confectionery, Sweets
    • Cup noodles and instant food
    • Ice cream and popsicles
    • Fresh food
    • Frozen food
    • Kitchen products
    • Meat, poultry and fish
    • Spices
    • Tobacco and cigarettes
    • Chinese rolls
Konbini - convenience stores in japan
  • Health and beauty 
    • Cosmetics
    • Accessories
    • Stain removers
    • Soap, Shampoo, Deodorants
    • Sewing Products
    • Pet food and products
    • Tissue, toilet paper, sanitary pads, condoms
    • Paper bags
    • Trash bags
    • Some medicines
    • Energizers and supplements
    • Contact lenses
  • Office material
    • Postal cards
    • Stamps, tax stamps
    • New Year postcard
    • Congratulations and condolence envelopes
    • Stationery
  • Entertainment
    • Music CD, DVD, game software
    • Toys
    • Action Figures
    • Manga and Books
    • Card games
    • Lottery
    • Board games, mahjong, Shogi, GO
    • Magazines, newspapers
  • Others  
    • Kitchen utensils
    • Umbrellas, Raincoat
    • Batteries
    • Phone chargers, SD cards, flash drives
    • Prepaid cards
    • Prepaid cell phones
    • Fireworks
    • Gifts
    • Fishing products
    • Car Products
  • services 
    • Cash withdrawal
    • Bill payment
    • Xerox, Print, Scan, Fax
    • Public services
    • Courier services
    • Delivery services
    • Moving services
    • Event tickets
    • Bus tickets and card
    • Accounting and Tax Declaration
    • NHK subscription fee
    • Resident card
    • Cleaning Agency

In some cases, you can get to a konbini to use the bathroom, throw the garbage away, or even sleep in the car in the parking lots. Others go in konbini just to browse magazines and read without buying, some konbini even offer job openings, events and numerous promotions.

The number of advantages that a konbini offers is really great! 

Finally, I will leave some videos for you to see how it is inside a konbini.


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