Kombini, short for kombiniensu sutoa, are what convenience stores are called in Japan. Apart from being an average convenience store, it is also your ticket to fresh, delicious and cheap eats in Japan.
You can find a variety of snacks and packed fresh food on the aisles – potato chips, Japanese crackers, breads, cup noodles along with sushi and noodle and rice dishes like zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles with dipping sauce) and omurice (rice wrapped in omelette).
There are seasonal specials in the stores too. For example in winter, you can buy oden (fish cakes, tofu and an assortment of other food swimming in a hot broth) from dedicated stations in the stores.
Here are some examples of what you can buy from a konbini.
From top row:
- assorted onigiri @ 105 to 140¥ each
- 2 onigiri set @ 200¥, 5 pc sushi rolls 290¥, 3 pc inari @ 180¥
- rice set with assorted topping @ 340¥
- omurice @ 360¥, katsudon 298¥
- rice and noodle set 598¥, rice set 498¥, fried rice 398¥
- rice with assorted side dishes 498-580¥
-chips and dips @ 95-198¥
-assorted wraps @ 210¥
-fresh wraps 398¥, salad 298¥
-pasta @ 360-398¥
-pasta @ 398-450¥
-special pasta (meat sauce, peperoncino, mentaiko)@ 398¥