Japan is full of vending machines. There are everywhere from city centres, to deserted alleys. Anywhere where there is a power supply can be home to a vending machine. Here is a collection of photos of vending machines that I have taken, they are mostly taken around Takamatsu in Kagawa, on Shikoku Island.
Although there are vending machines that dispense all kinds of weird stuff, most of them just dispense drinks. On the machine above the blue buttons dispense cold drinks, and the red buttons dispense hot drinks. Yes the photo is a grumpy looking Tommy Lee Jones, whose photo was all over these machines during 2009 and the first half of 2010.
Often you’ll get big rows of these machines all together.
And sometimes the vending machines will be all alone.
Here are two Coke machines side by side. One serving cans, and the other bottles.
The one on the below right is specific to Takamatsu. You can use your Kotoden Iruca travel card to buy the drinks.
Anywhere there is a small piece of space you can find a vending machine. Below they’ve used a bit of spare ground next to a single car parking space. And on the right, they’ve fitted one between two pillars.
On the right is a vending machine that dispenses beer. And on the left is one that dispenses a glass – just in case you don’t want to drink straight from the can!
Here are some cigarette vending machines.
This is a photo of a vending machine taken from above, on a bridge.
Next to almost all vending machines you’ll find a bin for your used can or bottle.
Here is a slim line machine, which fits next to the shop window.
If the restaurant runs of our drinks – no problem you can get one from the machine just outside the door.
And here is the final one, a classic red Coca Cola vending machine in Japan.