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If there’s one thing we can rely on in Japan it’s the Convenience Stores. The name says it all: convenient shops, very convenient in our view.

They are small supermarkets on the regional roads where you can buy almost everything you need for the day. Of course, the ordinary supermarkets are cheaper, but if you can’t find one, there is always a Convenience Store. We’ve even developed preferences and if we don’t like one, we cycle further, as we know there’ll be another soon. Our three favourites: 7-Eleven, Lawson and Family Mart. We usually ignore the others unless we really need one. Most of our visits are for 1. the toilet, 2. coffee and 3. shushi. 7-Eleven is our favourite because it has the cheapest coffee (100 Yen = 0.76 eurocent a mug) and free WIFI.


The Convenience Stores really are convenient for us. But so are the countless dispensing machines you find everywhere:


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