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Scenes From A Tokyo 7-11

There’s nothing like a Tokyo 7-11 for ATMs, snacks and even sushi. Best of all, you can buy green tea Kit Kats and other Japanese candy.

Green Tea Kit Kat Nuggets at a Tokyo 7-11
A special request to Hershey’s – Please make Green Tea Kit Kat Nuggets available in the United States!

You’ve just arrived in Tokyo on an international flight from the U.S., and you’re jet-lagged. You could only stay awake so long, and now you’re groggy from the nap that you vowed not to take. It’s 3 am, but it feels like 3 pm due to the time difference.

You’re hungry, but there’s not a whole lot of Japanese food options at this time of the morning. You could go to a late-night ramen shop except that you want more variety, a wide selection of drinks and a gallery of sweets. Fortunately, for you, the answer exists on almost every street corner, regardless of your decision of where to stay in Tokyo.

The Tokyo 7-11.

That’s right. The American convenience store staple is huge in Japan. So, chances are that you will find yourself at a Tokyo 7-11 if you are looking to withdraw money, find some liquid refreshment or just satisfy some late-night munchies. However, Tokyo is on the other side of the globe, and there are some major differences with the products that one can find on the shelves in Tokyo.

So, in order to clarify those differences, we at 2Foodtrippers bring you:


Cup 'O Clams at a Tokyo 7-11
Cup ‘O Clams
Octopus at a Tokyo 7-11
Surveys show that most people prefer 7-11 octopus over the leading national brand.
Giant Coke Can at a Tokyo 7-11
Refreshing & uplifting… and HUGE.
Onigiri at a Tokyo 7-11
Nothing satisfies late night munchies like onigiri.
Hot Dogs and Tonkatsu! at at a Tokyo 7-11
As American as Hot Dogs… and Tonkatsu!
Pocky at at a Tokyo 7-11
Comprehensive Selection of Pocky
Maki at at a Tokyo 7-11
Just a guess that their maki tastes better than the maki you get at an American convenience store.
Maple Pancakes at a Tokyo 7-11
Maple pancakes will satisfy that late-night breakfast craving.
Daikon at a Tokyo 7-11
Just in case you run out of Daikon at 4 am.
Spaghetti at a Tokyo 7-11
Everybody loves spaghetti!
Cookies at a Tokyo 7-11
The Japanese equivalent of Milanos.
Nori at a Tokyo 7-11
And the always popular convenience store staple – Nori!

Oh thank heaven…

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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers their unique taste of the world.


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We self-funded our trip to Tokyo.

Original Publication Date: April 29, 2013

Tom Bartel

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

This brings back so many good (and bad) memories of trying to navigate Japanese labeling and trying to figure out, "Could I eat that?" Of course, that question isn't limited to just 7-11.


Wednesday 26th of November 2014

I just got back from a business trip to Japan and the 7-11s were a lifesaver for their ATMs - there are a surprising lack of ATMs in Japan! As for green tea kitkats, I didn't see nuggets but I brought a whole box of them home with me. Amazing!


Monday 18th of August 2014

I miss their kara-age chicken!


Tuesday 4th of June 2013

nice post, never been to tokyo before, will go there one day.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 17th of June 2013

You really should add it to the top of your travel wish list. Tokyo is an amazing city.


Monday 29th of April 2013

Excellent! I've read about the KitKats, but the other stuff is an interesting surprise. ;-)

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