Everyone who knows anything about Japan will know that it is not only the Land of the Rising Sun, but also the Land of the Vending Machines. Japan has some of the worlds most unique and interesting vending machines to say the least. The quirky country has the highest number of vending machines per capita, with about one machine for every 23 people.
What most travelers find strange is that many vending machines in Japan are located outside. Machines are most commonly lined up in front of buildings, but they can be found almost everywhere—even on small streets in the middle of the countryside.
What many people also find surprising is the lack of snack machines. Snack and drink machines may go hand-in-hand in the States, but if you want a snack in Japan you are better off going to a convenience store. In contrast, machines selling hot canned soups, ice cream, or even full meals can be found. Stranger yet are the service machines, dispensing everything from batteries and umbrellas to adult movies and used panties.