Top 3 convenience store treats to cool you down this summer.


One thing I was not expecting to miss about Japan was the freezer section of the convenience stores. Actually, I miss convenience stores in general, the dairies in New Zealand just aren't the same. Although they do sell pies which I devoured patriotically as soon as I got home....

A New Zealand Dairy
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A Japanese convenience store.
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Travelers on a budget in Japan quickly realize how crucial convenience stores are to their adventures. Need an umbrella ?  An sd card? Cash out ? A clean t shirt? Alcohol ? Dinner ? Convenience stores- or 'Kobini's' as they are called in Japanese-  have you covered.

One thing you will definitely need in summer time is an icy treat to cool you down. Kobini's have your back here too.

Here are my top 3 picks that you should try on your trip:

1. Coolish.
A soft serve ice cream in a squeezey container. Who doesn't need this in their life?
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Vanilla was my favorite (don't judge me) , but there are plenty of other flavors out there .

2. Suikaba.
This cute watermelon flavored ice cream is delicious and refreshing .  There were other brands selling watermelon flavors too but this was my favorite. If you become as obsessed with them as I was you can buy big packets of them at grocery stores for better value.
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And the seeds are crunchy chocolate! Mmmmmmmmm

3. Ice no mi.
This cooling treat is fruity and perfect for when you don't want something too creamy. The grape flavor was my favorite.

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These have an amazing consistency , they have a hard coating but the middle melts in your mouth. Yum! 

So do you agree with my picks?  Let me know what you think in the comments. And if anyone knows where to find these bad boys in New Zealand please let me know ! 


Chloe Hamilton