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An honest review of the Top 3 Konbini (Convenience Store) in Japan

Konbini, or convenience stores, can be found in almost every corner of a typical Japanese city street. As tourists, we frequent these shops almost every day, to stock up on snacks and drinks for the night. The 3 major Konbini are 7-11, Family Mart, and Lawson, with a combined of more than 50,000 stores throughout …

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Japanese Oden – Eating on a budget series

Who loves oden as much as I do? ?? Oden, in my opinion is the Japanese version of Yong Tau Foo (without the rice/mee/bee hoon), that’s warm and comforting to the soul. Oden is typically sold as takeaways in convenience stores during winter, as well as during cool periods during other seasons, such as typhoon period …

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CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA Japanese-style Curry

CoCo Ichibanya – Another eating on a budget series in Japan One of our favourite chain restaurants in Japan is the Curry House CoCo Ichibanya. With over a thousand stores in Japan alone, you can easily find one at major shopping streets. CoCo Ichibanya is also inexpensive and each curry rice comes in huge generous …

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Sukiya – eating on a budget. Probably the best meal you can get in Japan for under 500 Yen ($5)

In our previous post, we introduced one of our favourite fast food chain in Japan, Matsuya. And now, we talk about Number 1 food chain, Sukiya. Sukiya (すき家) is the leading Gyudon chain in Japan, with over 2000 outlets across 47 prefectures. Yes including Okinawa! It is our most frequented restaurant after Matsuya. Sukiya serves …

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Celebrating New Year’s Day (Ganjitsu) in Japan

1st January, New Year’s Day also known as Ganjitsu is the most important holiday in Japan. For your information, Gan means “beginning” and Jitsu means “Day”. Ganjitsu is a joyous holiday that marks a new and fresh beginning into the year. After your New Year’s Eve countdown (you may refer to another entry here: New Year’s Eve Countdown Options in Japan), you may want …

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Cheap Udon Restaurant – Sanuki Udon Hanamaru

Throughout our vacations in Japan, we are always on a lookout for restaurant chains that are economical and delicious! If you are a fan of Japanese noodles, particularly UDON, we are happy to recommend to you this udon franchised chain restaurant in Japan – Sanuki Udon Hanamaru. Some informative facts about udon: Udon is a …

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Matsuya – eating on a budget

I have always preached that “eating out in Japan can be very affordable” and this can be achieved by dining in Japanese fast food restaurant. Well, I’m not referring to the Western meal of burgers and fries but our typical “Asian” meal of rice and soup. With over 800 restaurants in Japan, Matsuya (松屋) is …