Inside: The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Convenience Store Food at Family Mart.
Our pick of “konbini store” convenience stores in Japan is Family Mart.
There’s one on just about every corner in cities, and on every second one in rural areas.
This shop is a lifesaver.
Look out for this sign konbini (written in Japanese as コンビニ).
Their (FREE) public restrooms are clean, the shop assistants are always helpful, and there’s nearly always an ATM machine that takes your travel money card.
But the best thing of all is the Konbini FOOD.
It’s tasty, fresh, plentiful, and cheap to boot.
You’ll never run of out Japanese food options at Family Mart store for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime hungry tummies are grumbling.
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- 1 Save Money in Japan buying Japanese Snacks & Food at Family Mart Store
- 2 Convenience Stores in Japan are the Home of Budget Friendly Food for Family Travel
- 3 WHAT YOU CAN BUY AT FAMILY MART CONVENIENCE STORE IN JAPAN
- 4 Here’s a list of Japanese Convenience Store Food at Family Mart
- 5 No.1: Healthy Japanese Fast Food
- 6 No.2: Ready made food options, including Konbini bento
- 7 No.3: Family Mart Onigiri Flavors
- 8 No.4: Japan Family Mart Sushi
- 9 No.5: Japanese bread & bakery goods
- 10 No.6: Family Mart Japan snacks and chocolate
- 11 No.7: Traditional Japanese sweets & desserts
- 12 JAPANESE DRINKS AT FAMILY MART
- 13 Hot Milky Tea & Coffee
- 14 MORE USEFUL FAMILY MART PRODUCTS for Family Travel
- 15 SOUVENIR SUGGESTIONS from Family Mart Tokyo Konbini
- 16 The Inside Scoop- Family Mart Supermarket
- 17 Find Family Mart Branches
- 18 Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Family Mart in Japan
- 19 Looking for More Fun Things to Eat in Tokyo?
Save Money in Japan buying Japanese Snacks & Food at Family Mart Store
Seriously, you can travel the whole of Japan on a budget by eating here.
The Japanese Konbini food is real food, just like home, and freshly made (unlike the food on offer at most of the convenience stores we’ve visited elsewhere in the world) and there are plenty of options for adults and kids alike.
Hot meals and snacks are SUPER DOOPER cheap too!
Convenience Stores in Japan are the Home of Budget Friendly Food for Family Travel
You can also buy Japanese snack foods here to save money when you need to pass through a place (aka travel budget killers) where food prices are exorbitant and choices limited.
You know the places:
- Buying expensive drinks and meals from the cafe or meal cart on train trips
- Same on Shinkansen long-distance journeys
- Travelling to and from the airport
- At the airport.
- Theme parks
- Ticketed events
In Japan, you can overcome travel budget stress and say no to excessively high prices by stopping in at Family Mart on your way and stocking up with real food choices.
WHAT YOU CAN BUY AT FAMILY MART CONVENIENCE STORE IN JAPAN
Family Mart is one of the largest chains of convenience stores in Japan, and as such has become a hub for everything a local or traveller could need.
Here’s a list of Japanese Convenience Store Food at Family Mart
Five categories of Japanese convenience store food that don’t break the bank while still tasting like fresh food.
No.1: Healthy Japanese Fast Food
At the Family Mart counter, pick up a quick snack or late night feed.
The ready-to-go hot food stand on the counter sells:
- yakitori (chicken on a skewer stick)
- chicken kaarage (crumbed deep fried chicken)
- steamed pork buns
Heads up, Family Mart fried chicken is good.
No.2: Ready made food options, including Konbini bento
In the refrigerator aisle in FamilyMart convenience store, you’ll find ready-to-eat Family Mart bento boxes, Family Mart soba noodles, curry bowls, sushi, soba noodles, and ramen dishes.
The Japanese bento boxes are a decent budget priced lunch, or early dinner if you fancy an early one after a big day osightseeing.
Purchase at the counter.
If it needs heating, they’ll pop it in the ovens behind the cash registers for you, and provide you with disposable chopsticks, plastic sporks (spoon/fork) and drinking straws
No.3: Family Mart Onigiri Flavors
Our all-time favourite Japanese snack, onigiri is a triangle of rice stuffed with some kind of flavouring, wrapped in seaweed nori paper.
(Some people call them Family Mart rice triangles!)
- salmon flakes
- kombu kelp, and
- tuna mayonnaise.
The Family Mart onigiri price starts at about ¥110 each. (Two makes for a cheap lunch or snack.)
Watch out for the Salted Plum onigiri (umeboshi), especially if you are travelling Japan with kids
It’s definitely an acquired taste.
No.4: Japan Family Mart Sushi
Take your pic of flavor choices.
Again, sushi in Family Mart costs around 150 yen or LESS per roll.
But so popular with the thousands of commuters and customers visiting Family Mart that it doesn’t stay on the shelf for long.
You’re guaranteed fresh sushi at any time of the day.
No.5: Japanese bread & bakery goods
Do try Japanese bread at least once.
It’s very sweet, and super thick in comparison to bread we are used to.
Buy it in packs of three slices, or five slices.
Not a whole loaf!
There’s also a whole shelf of delicious ‘pan’ bread variations – sweet and savoury, including:
- hot dogs
- long filled bread rolls
- corn and mayonnaise sandwiches (yes, it’s a Japanese thing!)
- pizza breads
- pastries with chocolate or sultanas
These are a great snack on the go!
No.6: Family Mart Japan snacks and chocolate
Family Mart in Japan stocks:
- Pocky in all the flavors!
- Meiji THE chocolate bars
- Crunky chocolate balls
- all kinds of fresh delicious pastries
- Japanese crisps
- Japanese wasabi snacks
- Japanese nori snacks (dried seaweed) and senbei crackers
- cheap Dagashi snacks for kids
No.7: Traditional Japanese sweets & desserts
Look out for traditional Japanese sweets like:
- Sweet Red Bean Mochi balls, and
- three-color dango mochi on a stick
- yogashi (Western-style desserts) like custards
- ice-cream pots including green tea ice cream
- sundaes and trifles
Sticky, chewy Mochi is our favourite Japanese treat!
You can also buy Japanese bread at Family Mart, both sweet and savory, including the famous melon pan bread that resembles the skin of a rockmelon, which is how it got its’ name.
Family Mart ice cream is also a winner.
Take the perfect opportunity to try a green tea-flavoured sweet snack if you can.
Knock off both in one go with a Green Tea ice cream!
JAPANESE DRINKS AT FAMILY MART
Our family favourite Japanese drink is Family Mart Milk Tea, a cold and very sweet milky tea in a carton.
I dream of it when I’m away and can’t wait to get back to put my hands on it again.
Hot Milky Tea & Coffee
The good news is that this Japanese grocery store stocks a HOT version of my favourite sweet Milky Tea too.
I can drink five on a cold day!
Most Family Mart convenience stores also have ready-to-go hot drinks such as coffee in cans.
Look for the special hot cabinet shelf near the registers too.
The Family Mart konbini stocks Japanese drinks including:
- Japanese soda in all flavors
- Japanese lemon soda
- Popular Japanese soft drinks including Japanese lemonade
- Japanese Fanta in all the flavors
- Japanese green tea
- Bottled water
- Japanese sport drinks
- Japanese juice drinks
- Japanese peach tea
- Japanese melon drink
- Vitamin drinks
- Japanese carbonated drink
- Japanese sake
- Other Japanese alcohol including beer, happoshu, chuhai, shochu and wine.
MORE USEFUL FAMILY MART PRODUCTS for Family Travel
Wondering what to buy in Family Mart Japan?
Family Mart Japan products are endless.
Other useful goods available at Family Mart include:
- hair ties
- sanitary products
- hair dye
- fabulous cheap clear umbrellas for just a few dollars.
I keep a Japanese umbrella from Family Mart in the back of my car at home, and when it comes out on a rainy day, people ask me where I go it!
- Face masks for coughs and colds
- Telephone Cards that let you ring home (international)
- Manga comics, newspapers, and magazines (sometimes in English)
- Medicine, bandaids, blister patches, body care products, toothbrushes and cosmetics
- A small selection of Japanese toys in some stores
All Round Stores
Many Family Marts have in-store copy machines, movie & concert & overnight bus ticket kiosks, and instant picture printers too.
They stock every kind of phone charger, phone battery, pen, stylus, and adaptors.
Use the ATM inside Family Mart to safely withdraw more funds too.
You can even check into your AirBNB apartment at some Family Mart stores!
SOUVENIR SUGGESTIONS from Family Mart Tokyo Konbini
If you suddenly remember you need a gift for your favourite long lost aunt, or to thank your neighbour who has been looking after your dog, pop in and pick up one of these.
The range of Muji products at Family Mart includes:
- emergency clothes
- work attire
- make up, and more.
Muji products are an everyday stylish design for the busy person.
Minimalists LOVE Muji design especially.
More Japanese Souvenir Ideas
- Pocky chocolate-covered pretzel sticks. A Japanese favourite.
- Green Tea Kit Kats, plus all the Japanese Kit Kats in a multitude of flavors
- Japanese salad dressing
- Japanese Shampoo and Conditioner set (Japanese brands are mind-boggingly good.)
- Japanese cosmetics and fragrances
- Family Mart umbrella
The Inside Scoop- Family Mart Supermarket
Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in yen, unless otherwise stated
Family Mart Hours: Most Family Mart Japan opening hours are 24 hours a day.
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Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Family Mart in Japan
We LOVE that we can fill the kid’s bellies up with decent Japanese Convenience Store food, AND save money by not buying expensive restaurant meals they don’t eat.
That’s more money in our pockets for Tokyo sightseeing!
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