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7 of the Best Things You Can Buy from Japanese Vending Machines

Japanese vending machines

Japanese vending machines

With over five million vending machines locally known as jidohanbaiki, Japan makes it easier for its citizens and tourists to find food, drink, and so much more at any time of the day. You do not have to walk far or search for long to see one. From city and rural streets to some of the country’s Buddhist temples, here are some of the things you can get from the ubiquitous Japanese vending machines.

1. Alcoholic drinks like sake and a wide array of canned beers. You can also grab a can or more of alcoholic beverages known as chu-hai like hyouketsu (vodka mixed with carbonated water that comes in fruity flavors) and the widely-popular Strong Zero Japan has added to its many delightful creations. Strong Zero is a fruity-flavored drink with 8% alcohol percentage.

2. Hot beverages, canned corn soup, and other filling “drinks”.

3. Umbrellas for when forget or lose yours and find yourself suddenly get caught in the rain.

4. Something for luck – your fortune or an amulet from a vending machine at a temple or shrine.

5. A wide array of delicious food and treats like different flavors of crêpes , cup noodles, ramen in cans, soba noodles, udon, sushi, and more.

6. Books you can easily fit in your pocket or bag so you do not have to worry about boring commutes.

7. Flowers or floral arrangements for when you do not have the time to head out to a shop or would like to give one to someone on a whim.

And a lot of other things you can only find in Japan’s dependable vending machines.

Packing Light When Travelling


Who doesn’t love travelling? Be it going to a nearby tourist attraction or going somewhere remote, travelling is something all of us really enjoy doing – along with packing clothes, bringing goods, and buying souvenirs that’ll last for days while on the go. But what if you’re going to a place where you have to go up on a mountain or go down on a ledge? Will you still pack all those clothes, bring all those goods, and buy all those souvenirs?

Well, the answer is: YES!

But wait…there’s more. This is only possible if your packed clothes, your brought goods, and your bought souvenirs are lightweight.

That being said, here are some benefits in packing light when travelling:

You can make room for other important things.

Think you only need to pack clothes and bring goods, as well as buy souvenirs? Think again! You also need to make room for other important things such as emergency kits and tools for both domestic use and survival use like flashlights and matches. This way, you don’t need to worry about accidentally getting wounded or suddenly getting lost. You also don’t need to worry about running out of water or running out of food. Pocket knives and water bottles can help you hunt for something to eat and drink.

You can go just about everywhere, without compromising any limitation and without feeling any pain.

Pack light travel far. That’s what packing light is about. You see, packing light allows one to go just about everywhere – without compromising any limitations you might have (e.g. getting tired easily when going up on mountains or getting stuck when going down on ledges). It will also allow you to move freely, even run anywhere you want, without feeling any pain on your shoulders, on your arms, or your legs due to both heavy baggage and exhaustion.