There is a Vending Machine for What?

自動販売機: jidōhanbaiki  I don’t know why but I like the way it sound.  I doubt that I’ll ever write it out correctly but I do like saying it.  Vending machines.  They are everywhere in Japan.  Of course the most common ones are for sodas, coffee, and tea (hot and cold options available for coffee & tea)

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Sometimes I see vending machines in the oddest places.  Like this one below- I think maybe a door used to be there?

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These were in the backstreets of Omotesando, built right into the staircase.

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These two were part of an office building complex near Kamiyacho.

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In Japan vending machines aren’t just for sodas though.  There are cigarette vending machines everywhere and you can easily spot beer vending machine all over town, too.

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Beer is one thing but whiskey?

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This one below was the mother of all vending machines.  It had everything from candy bars to cup ramen to wine (bad photo though!).  Notice the chopsticks?  So helpful!

IMG_4593 Vending machines are quite normal in Japan, but every now and then something catches my eye and I say to myself, “マジで?”  seriously?  Here are some of the vending machines in Tokyo that got my attention.

PROACTIV (cleansers and lotions for acne) vending machine: I saw it at a shopping center by the Ebisu JR station.

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ICE CREAM vending machines.  Maybe that’s not so strange.  Saw this one at a parking lot in Shin-Okubo.

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How about a Haagen-Dazs machine?  Green tea ice cream…. yum!  I spotted them a few times, including at Narita airport.  They didn’t forget to provide spoons either (they are in the box above the Haagen-Dazs sign).

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BANANA vending machine: Shibuya Station via exit #3, in front of Book 1st in the basement (B2F).

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Poster advertising the Dole banana vending machine

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Banana vending machine

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A single banana for ¥130 ~ $1.50; looks like a pack of three for ¥390 ~ $4

APPLE vending machine: Kasumigaseki Station (Marunouchi line), between exits B1 and B3

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Not in the mood for something that healthy?  While the apple vending machine was full this snack vending machine just on the other side was more than half empty.

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Would you buy waffles from a vending machine?  How about a slice of pound cake?

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High tech vending machines around a few JR stations in Tokyo.  Looked too modern and slick to me…  I like the old models better.

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TOY vending machine at a toy store in Ginza.  Really.  It was AT a toy store called Hakuhinkan Toy Park (博品館), one of the largest and the oldest toy stores in Japan.

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A Hello Kitty bundle for $50+USD!?  Lego sets for $40+USD.

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SOUVENIR vending machine: you can get a Japanese gift for someone back home from a vending machine in Shibuya near Maruara Watanabe.

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Only in Japan…

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4 Responses to There is a Vending Machine for What?

  1. lunasealife says:

    I’m gonna live in Japan someday – I’ve never had the urge to even visit Japan but when I said “jidōhanbaiki” I got an intuition hit.

    I. love. this. post! And I love and miss you!!! I get the feeling I’m going to start moving again in June, and now I’m starting to make a bit of money doing web design, woohoo!! Sooo maybe our paths will cross again!!! x

    • I forgot how much I loved Japan until I came back to Tokyo. It’s a lovely country… jidouhanbaiki baby! 🙂 I’ll be in this part of the world for the rest of the year. Come on over!

  2. lunasealife says:

    OMG I just noticed the Monchhichis!!! I love Monchhichis!

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