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Things available at Japanese convenience stores
Today, I am going to talk about how amazing Japanese convenience stores are.
If you visit Japan, you can easily find a number of convenience stores in the streets such as Seven Eleven, Lawson, Family Mart and so on.
These convenience stores in Japan are literally convenient.
Lot of services are available in the convenience store.
Let’s take a look at what kind of services Japanese convenience stores have.
First of all, they have various kinds of rice ball and cup noodles that you would easily find.
In addition, it seems that lunch boxes in Japanese convenient stores are useful for busy businessmen.
On top of that, they have coffee and doughnut set, fish cakes, fried chicken and so on.
So, if you are hungry and don’t have enough time to eat, why don’t you grab something light at the convenient stores?
Another service available at convenient stores that amazed me is the fact that you can pay your electricity, gas or the internet bills there!
If you are too busy to go to a bank, you can just stop by the nearby convenient store and pay your bills there.
Imagine how convenient it is!
Nowadays, a number of people are shopping online and make the payments through credit card.
However, if you don’t have a credit card, it might be inconvenient to enjoy online shopping.
In such cases, you shall pay at convenient stores using this machine above.
① Just follow all the procedures for payment
②receive a bill cum receipt from the machine
③Take the bill to the cash register and complete your payment. Its that simple!
On the top of that, you can even buy tickets for airplanes, trains and buses at the convenient stores.
During your stay at Japan, if you are out of cash and need to withdraw money immediately, you can drop by the closest convenient store and withdraw money by using the 24-hour ATM (Automated Teller Machine).
Since it is in operation for 24/7, even if it is the midnight and all of sudden when you need money, its very handy to use the nearest convenience store ATM to withdraw money.
Furthermore, the convenience stores in some big cities even take credit cards.
However, there is a certain fixed service charges you might have to pay if you use your credit card. If there isn’t an ATM and you don’t mind paying the service charges, it is definitely convenient to pay using your credit card.
Moreover, a number of convenience stores in Japan have “Free Wifi Service”.
Accessing wifi, however, requires registration for the very first time. Once you register, you can use wifi at the convenience stores for free any time.
In addition to that, a toilet is equipped at most of the convenience stores in Japan. The toilet is open for general customers. However, using a toilet and free wifi at convenience stores without buying anything is considered as a rude behavior.
Therefore, if you are really in desperate need to use a toilet or free wifi. At the convenience stores in Japan, let’s use them after buying at least a small item such as a candy. And is considered polite to give in a word to the store staffs before using the toilet.
One more amazing service that Japanese convenient stores take is courier service.
Usually, a simple courier services are taken over by the post offices.
However, if you are in Japan and the post office is far away from you, you can make use of the shipping service at convenient stores.
Lastly, there is a copy machine equipped in almost all convenient stores.
During your stay in Japan when there is a need to make photostat copies, you shall go to the convenient stores and use the copy machine equipped there.
The price depends on what type and size of the paper you are going to use, but it’s quite a reasonable price.
As you guys can see, it seems that Japanese convenient stores have various services available.
I am convinced as to why it is being called a “convenience stores”.
When you are in need of those services in Japan, let’s solve all those problems at the nearest convenience store!Tags: convenience stores