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7 Strangest Vending Machines of Japan

Some things were never meant to be put in a vending machine…

Michael Cruickshank
7 Strangest Vending Machines of Japan© 2019 Flickr - Travis Juntara

Japan is famous for its technological innovation. However there is one area where they have clearly taken it too far: vending machines. While there are many perfectly legitimate uses for these machines, there are many many more where we clearly should never bother. Sadly (and maybe to our amusement), while the rest of the world got this memo, Japan didn’t. Check out our list below of some of the strangest Japanese vending machines we’ve ever seen:

1. The ‘Apple Store’

Why go to a normal Apple Store, when you can buy your iPod from a machine. We just hope you don't have to pay in coins...

Image: © 2014 Flickr - Jon Rawlinson

2. Acne Treatment

Crisis! You discover you have a sudden breakout of acne while wandering the city. Never fear, because now in Japan you can buy ProActiv treatment from this machine.

Image: © 2014 Flickr - Miki Yoshihito

3. Fresh Vegetables

What are good things to sell in a vending machine? Items with a long shelf-life. What are fresh vegetables? The opposite.

Image: © 2014 Flickr - Hikosaemon

4. Eggs

Recall the satisfying thud when you drink slams into the exit tray of a vending machine? Now imagine this with a fragile egg…

Image: © 2014 Flickr - antjeverena

5. Fried Chicken

Afraid people will judge you for eating unhealthy and fattening fried chicken? Well now you can look even sadder buying it from this vending machine. Served hot of course.

Image: © 2014 Flickr - Karl Baron

6. Draft Beer

Why go to a bar and make friends, when you can get your draft beer fix from this machine. Hey, at least you won’t have to tip the bartender.

7. Dry Ice

Have you ever been walking down the street and thought “I could really use some dry ice right now”? No? Neither have we...

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