In Japanese, a Konbini ( コンビニ, Sometimes romanized as Kombini, Combini or Conbini) is short for convenience store. Usually open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, these supermarket are found on almost every street corner of major Japanese cities and common in rural areas as well.
When bike touring in Japan, konbinis become an essential part of your daily routine. We witnessed this for ourselves while capturing the Japanese Odyssey.
Let’s hear what Japanese Odyssey participants had to say about the Japanese konbinis.
Pascal Viout: “Home is where konbinis are “
Ewen Kahr Yu: “It’s a god send!’
Simon Wile: “Konbinis provide everything you need for a successful odyssey campaign.”
Steven Hon: “Konbinis are ‘everywhere’.... Nice and easy... Loving them...”
Tyler Bowa: “Japanese konbinis are an endurance cyclist's best friend - they provide a warm meal, shelter from the elements and a washroom to sleep in.”