If you have been to Japan, you are probably aware that every 10 meters or so, you will find yourself a vending machine – it could be beer or it could be other drinks.
The low rates of vandalism and petty crime are some of the reasons for this vending machine businesses growing fast. The country has about 5.52 million vending machines! Japan also has the highest number of vending machines per capita, with about one machine for every 23 people.
Some random vending machines in Japan.
Since there are a huge variety of products available from the vending machines, let’s just take a look at some of the weirdest ones – at least for me.
1. The machines that take your order
Available mostly in Japanese fast food restaurants, you might find it difficult to use the first time. You will understand it is actually quite easy on your second visit. Firstly, choose your menus (usually there will be pictures showing the menus), put in your money, then hand over your ticket to the staffs and wait for your food to be served.
2. “Hot Menu”
3. Oh and the fresh eggs
If you run out of eggs while cooking, there may be a vending machine in your area that “lays” eggs for you.
4. How about some bananas
Craving for some fruits after lunch? No worries if you are in Japan. You can avoid long lines in the market and just get the bananas from a vending machine.
5. Sake and beers
If you think having a cigarette vending machine is cool, wait until you meet the machines that give you cool beers.
7. Fresh flowers
Forget today is the birthday of your loved one? Do not worry, there is always the fresh flower vending machine.