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For anyone who’s been to Japan, the names Lawson, Family Mart, and (believe it or not) 7/11 will start you salivating like one of Pavlov’s dogs. In North America, stores like these are synonymous with Big Gulps and sad looking hot dog rollers. Not so in Japan. There, convenience store snacks are on par with your favourite bakery or upscale grocer. Think: charcuterie to go, fresh pastries, and the late Anthony Bourdain’s most-loved egg salad sandwich.

Leave the corner store in search of street food and the snack scene only gets crazier. During a G Adventures’ Backroads of Japan tour, we covered a ton of ground, saw a lot of snacks, and worked up an appetite (all in the name of journalism, naturally). Read on, sugar addicts and savoury snackers — the snack scene does not discriminate. Time to petition your local corner store to up its snack game!

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