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November 3 2009

Beer Vending Machines in Japan

Most people probably know that Japan has lots of vending machines (according to wikipedia there is one for every 23 Japanese people (and there are a lot of Japanese people!).

What some people might not know is the range of things you can get from a vending machine here. Not just snacks, and drinks, but rice, noodles, souvenirs, meat, plants, and magazines. My favourite machines however, dispense booze. Not just beer, but whiskey, sake, cocktails and more.

Beer Vending Machine

Beer Vending Machine

I love the Giant Sapporo jug in this one, unfortunately I was on a wine trip at the time and wouldn’t have been able to fit that in my suitcase.

 

The odd thing I find about these kinds of vending machines in Japan (these and the cigarette machines) are they are just left out in the street where anybody (i.e. kids/teenagers) could buy some fags and booze.

Admittedly, recently the Japanese government have introduced a Taspo card for buying cigarettes (you have to be over 21 and use one of these to buy cigarettes from a machine). Some of the machines also have age recognition cameras and software, but I read that some “smart” kid fooled this by standing on his bike, so the machine thought he was tall enough to be an adult!

Beer and Sake Vending Machine

Beer and Sake Vending Machine

Maybe it’s because I’m English that I find it odd. I’m pretty sure these machines wouldn’t last long back in the UK, they’d be emptied on the way home from school.

 
The other odd thing, is they turn off after 11pm – someone told me this was to stop children buying from them – surely that’s when drunken people staggering home want a top up for the road?

Anyway, seeing as I’m in Japan I thought it only fair that I have my own machine, so a few birthdays ago, my wife bought me this…

My Own Vending Machin

My Own Vending Machine

20 Comments

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  2. That is a good looking machine. I would just love to make it empty when I am on a trip with my friends 🙂

    Comment by Vending Machine — December 9, 2009 @ 12:52 am

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  4. Is that beer vending machine still available. i wanna buy something like this one which is damn funky

    Comment by Micheal — March 17, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

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    Comment by FD — May 25, 2010 @ 3:43 am

  8. Great japan! Most at Japan has lots of vending machines

    Comment by Vending Machines — July 15, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  9. It's always nice when people comment, but it's even better if the comments make some sense 🙂

    Comment by MoIppai — July 16, 2010 @ 12:12 am

  10. Hah, I remember these. I used to live in Tokyo for a couple of years and it took me a while to get used to different vending machines. Had a similar one in my office, except it wasn't for beer – hot and cold drinks instead. Coffe from a can…UCC and Roots Aroma Black. Wasn't too bad actually.

    Good times.

    Comment by Mike — December 15, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  11. Vending machines make my life convenient. I really cannot imagine the world without them.

    Comment by Vending Machines — January 7, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

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    Comment by Vendweb — January 26, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  13. Very nice vending machines..

    Comment by Coffee vending machi — March 22, 2011 @ 4:37 am

  14. Those are some pretty cool vending machines.

    I wish they had those in my office building.

    😉

    Comment by Used Vending Machine — March 26, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  15. Those are the coolest ever!

    They just make me want to visit Japan.

    Comment by Change Machine — March 26, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

  16. I remember them. I lived in Tokyo for a couple of years and it took me awhile to get used to the different vending machines. There was, as in my office, except that it was not the beer – hot and cold drinks instead. Coffee is a … UCC Roots Aroma Black. That was not too bad. Read more: beer vending machines in Japan | Blog whiskey wine, beer, sake, to MoIppai

    Comment by Vending Machines — August 2, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

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