Hot meals and groceries
The konbini’s main role is to feed us: whether it’s some last minute kitchen staples like eggs, milk and rice, or a hot meal that’s ready to eat. Each store is a bento buffet, with takeout options ranging from Japanese comfort food like rice bowls and ramen to western classics including salads and pasta. They are cheap – most meals cost less than ¥600 – and you can get them heated up pronto. Some konbini even offer a small eat-in corner, though the food tax increases from 8 to 10 percent should you decide to sit there.