If you ever find yourself thirsty, in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, in the wilderness, chances are that there would be a vending machine nearby. Vending machines (自動販売機ー自動機) are immediately accessible almost anywhere in Japan. Around the block of my apartment building, I have counted at least 5 vending machines of various brands. Picking a good spot to place a vending machine is actually a legit job career.
That being said, let’s see some of the most interesting vending machines I came across in the past 3 years. They are not the strangest, and they are not the only ones, just the ones I happened to snap a picture of. For practicality’s sake, I grouped the vending machines per ‘Design’ and ‘Goods’. Notable absences from this collection are a buff-monkey memorabilia and an old-school condom vending machine. Let’s go!
[Last Update: December 2021]
A vending machine for beers outside a liquor store for emergencies when the shop is closed. In order to purchase a drink, you need to first insert your driving license in the slot, so that you can prove that you are of legal drinking age.