Some interesting items can also be purchased from Japanese vending machines.
1. RiceRice vending machines are often large. In many cases you buy unpolished rice and then pay separately to have it polished by the machine.
2. SakeMany of the oldest vending machines in the country serve sake. This machine also has strawberry milk.
3. UmbrellasIn Japan, it's embarrassing to be caught in the rain without an umbrella.
4. Corn SoupCorn soup in a can is commonly found in beverage vending machines in Japan.
5. BatteriesMany of the country's battery vending machines are showing their age. These days many electronics have internal rechargeable batteries.
6. ElectricityMobile device chargers give you a small locker where your phone can be charged. They feature a wide variety of adapters.
7. BeerBeer vending machines are extremely common in Japan.
8. CupsThis vending machine sells nothing but cups (for 10 yen). These are common in offices where workers are asked to bring their own cups to reduce waste. The cups can be used in a nearby beverage vending machine.
9. VegetablesVegetable vending machines are often operated by local farmers. They are automated farmer's markets (of sorts). Vegetables in these machines are often surprisingly high quality.
(yes, technically tomatoes are fruit)
10. Hot MealsThese machines essentially heat up frozen dinners. They've been around for 30 years in Japan. Such machines are often found in highway rest areas. They're not as bad as they look.
11. FortunesSome temples and shrines in Japan have vending machines that dispense lucky charms or fortunes. Many feel that such machines have no place on the grounds of an ancient temple.
12. Toilet PaperIf you don't have a coin you're in trouble.
13. T-shirtsVending machines that sell t-shirts, electronics and other trendy items are increasingly common.
14. Ice CreamIce cream vending machines are very common in Japan. These machines look lonely in the winter months.
15. Health ItemsAnything that people are embarrassed to buy in a shop shows up in a vending machine.
16. FlowersFlowers are another item some men are embarrassed to purchase. Many Japanese men aren't comfortable with their romantic side.
17. TiesSalary men who stay out all night buy a tie to hide the fact they didn't change clothing. These machines are also useful if you spill something on your tie at lunch.
18. ToysToy vending machines are still rare in Japan.
19. MasksIn Japan, it's rude not to wear a mask when you're sick.
20. SnacksSnack vending machines aren't easy to find in Japan. Many tourists comment that there are too many drink machines. It's common to find 6 machines in a row serving drinks. Why no snacks?
21. BananasThese machines are popping up everywhere recently.
22. CostumesAnother item people might be shy to purchase from a shop.
23. Instant Cup RamenEveryone's favorite snack. Usually located near a source of hot water.
24. EggsMost egg vending machines are owned by farmers. They're commonly found in the countryside.
Japanese vending machines are one of the many things that make Japan a unique country.