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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FAMILY MART JAPAN FOOD!

Inside: Everything you need to know about Family Mart Japan Food & Snacks in this Japanese Convenience Store. 

Our pick of “konbini store” is Family Mart Japan.

Find Family Mart convenience stores in Japan 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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Guide to Family Mart Japan Food 

Save Money in Japan buying Japanese Snacks & Food at Family Mart Japan Store

Seriously, you can travel the whole of Japan on a budget by eating here.

The Family Mart Japanese 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!


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Japan Family Mart Products on a Budget

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
  • Concerts
  • 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.

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What to buy in Family Mart? 

Wondering 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 the Family Mart must try Japanese convenience store food that don’t break the bank, while still tasting like fresh food.


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TOP 9 ITEMS ON THE FAMILY MART JAPAN MENU

No.1: Family Mart Healthy 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 lightly fried chicken)
  • steamed pork buns

Hot tip: Family Mart fried chicken kaarage is good. Very very good. 

It’s top of our must buy in Family Mart list. 


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No.2: Family Mart Bento

Wondering what to buy in Family Mart Japan for a quick takeout dinner or late night snack after you arrive? 

In the refrigerator aisle in FamilyMart convenience store, you’ll find ready-to-eat Family Mart bento boxes (also called Konbini bento) 

The Japanese bento boxes are a decent budget priced lunch, or early dinner if you fancy an early one after a big day of sightseeing.

They are also healthy, and a good option for anyone wanting to eat clean. 

Take your Bento Family Mart packs to the counter to purchase.

If the bento needs heating, staff will pop it in the ovens behind the cash registers for you, and provide you with disposable chopsticks, plastic sporks (spoon/fork) and drinking straws.

Bento is top of the Family Mart Famous Food list! 

More of the Best Family Mart Food for lunch and dinner

Next to the bento, you’ll also find Family Mart ready to eat food including: 

  • Family Mart soba noodles
  • curry bowls
  • sushi
  • soba noodles, and
  • ramen dishes.

You can also find instant noodles. 


READ MORE: The Best Shop in Tokyo to buy a Japanese Bento Lunch Box and Bento Accessories

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No.3: Family Mart Onigiri Flavors

Our all-time favourite Japanese snack, onigiri rice balls are a triangle of rice stuffed with some kind of flavouring, wrapped in seaweed nori paper.

(Some people call them Family Mart rice triangles!)

Find these flavors on the Family Mart Menu. 

  • salmon flakes
  • chicken
  • kombu kelp, and
  • tuna mayonnaise.

Family Mart onigiri price?

The price for Family Mart onigiri starts from 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 

Ugghh!

It’s definitely an acquired taste.

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No.4: Japan Family Mart Sushi

Take your pic of popular sushi roll combinations. 

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, with soy sauce, at ANY time of the day.

It’s why this Japan Family Mart food is one of their best sellers. 

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No.5: Family Mart 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
  • pizza breads
  • donuts
  • croissants
  • pastries with chocolate or sultanas

These are a great snack on the go! 

Japanese Convenience Store Sandwiches

You must try Corn and Mayonnaise sandwiches.

Yes, it’s a Japanese thing! 

No.6: Family Mart Japan Snacks 

Family Mart in Japan stocks the best Japanese chocolate AND delicious Japanese snacks. 

Best Family Mart Snacks? 

These are the best Family Mart snacks for when you are out on your Tokyo day trips, at Tokyo Disneyland, or as after dinner treats. 

  • all kinds of fresh delicious pastries
  • Japanese crisps
  • Japanese wasabi snacks
  • Japanese nori snacks (dried seaweed) and senbei crackers 
  • cheap Dagashi snacks for kids 

RELATED: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the BEST JAPANESE SNACKS on the go

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No.7: Sweet Things to buy at Family Mart? 

  • Pocky in all the flavors! 
  • Meiji THE chocolate bars
  • Crunky chocolate balls

RELATED: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the BEST JAPANESE CHOCOLATE 

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No.8: Traditional Japanese sweets & desserts

Wondering what to buy in Japan convenience store for dessert? 

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
  • sundaes and trifles
  • Mochifuwa pancake

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.

Take the perfect opportunity to try a green tea-flavoured sweet snack if you can.

Family Mart Japan Ice Cream

Family Mart Japanese ice cream is a winner.

Try Japanese ice cream AND green tea in one go, with a Green Tea ice cream! 

You won’t regret it. 

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No.9: Family Mart Drinks

It’s hard to choose the Best 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.


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Hot Milky Tea & Coffee at Family Mart in Japan!

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
  • Milk
  • Japanese peach tea
  • Japanese melon drink
  • Vitamin drinks
  • Japanese carbonated drink
  • Japanese sake
  • Other Japanese alcohol including beer, happoshu, chuhai, shochu and wine.

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MORE USEFUL FAMILY MART JAPAN PRODUCTS FOR FAMILY TRAVEL

Wondering what to buy in Family Mart Japan?

Family Mart Japan products are endless.

Everyday Family Mart Products

Other useful goods available at Family Mart include:

  • batteries
  • toothbrushes
  • deodorant
  • hair ties
  • sanitary products
  • toothpicks
  • 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!

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Miscellaneous Goods 

  • 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

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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!

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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.

Muji products.

The range of Muji products at Family Mart includes:

  • stationery
  • emergency clothes
  • underwear
  • pens
  • work attire
  • shoes
  • make up,  and more.

Muji products are an everyday stylish design for the busy person.

Minimalists LOVE Muji design especially. 


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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

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Family Mart Supermarket

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Family Mart Hours: Most Family Mart Japan opening hours are 24 hours a day.

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Toadstool Rating: Family Mart Best Food

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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Other Japanese Convenience Stores in Tokyo

The two other Japanese convenience stores to look out for are:

  • Lawson Japan
  • 7-Eleven Japan (Seven-Eleven)
  • Circle K Sunkus
  • Mini Stop

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FAQ about Japanese Convenience Stores in Japan

Why are there so many convenience stores in Japan?

Because life in Japanese cities is busy and hectic, and these corner stores in Japan smooth the edges to make life less hurried or hassled.

You never know when you will need a quick bite to eat, a new pen, or a charger for your phone.  But when you do, it’s easy to solve the problem at a convenience store. 

Why does Japan have this obsession with convenience stores?

Ditto, the above. 

Is Japanese convenience store food healthy?

Compared to the food in convenience stores in other countries around the world, the answer is a resolute YES.

The high turnover of food bought by customers each day means the food is freshly prepared, and delivered more than once a day to keep up with demand. 

Lots of the options for meals are almost as good as buying from a local restaurant. 

Are the bento from Japanese convenience stores healthier than fast food?

Yes, the bento boxes and onigiri are just like mama makes, albeit at scale. A Japanese convenience store bento box is definitely a better option than fried foods such as fries or chain store fast food burgers. 

What foods should I try in Japan?

All of them.

Here’s a guide to the best ones to try.

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