Japan’s Vending Machines Strike Again—This Time With Pizza and Crepes

Vending machines in Honmachi entertainment district, Tsuruga, Japan. (Photo by Nevin Thompson.)
By N’Donna Russell

Japanese vending machines have long been famous for selling the most curious things, like flowers, umbrellas, and ties.

But even with one vending machine for every 23 people and annual sales that exceed $60 billion, one can still be surprised at what comes out of their take-out port.

User senegirl on Japanese curation site Naver Matome tells the story of three unique food vending machines found in three separate cities that have captived Twitter.


In the city of Hiroshima, residents have been abuzz over the appearance of a pizza vending machine located near local hangout TSUTAYA, part of a national chain of bookstores in Japan.

The vending machine serves up two kinds of pizza: margherita (basil, mozzarella cheese, and tomato sauce) for about US$ 10 and four-cheese for about US$ 13 with a cooking time of just three minutes.

TSUTAYA’s parent company, which is behind the vending machines, hopes to eventually have other such machines at bookstores across Japan.

In the meantime, locals are pleasantly surprised by just how tasty machine-baked pizza can be.


Meanwhile, in Inashiki, a city located in the Ibaraki prefecture, about an hour by train northeast of Tokyo, one restaurant was found to have fully-functioning antique vending machines from the 1960s.


For 300 yen, travelers can purchase a simple meat-and-rice bento box with chopsticks. There are three types to choose from: fried chicken, pork cutlet, and grilled meat, with the last being the most popular choice.


Finally, hidden in the city of Kagoshima, on the southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu, lies a fresh crepe vending machine. It’s located in Kagoshima’s Tenmonkan shopping district, hidden near a bus stop and reportedly difficult to find.

Those lucky enough to find this most unusual of vending machines are treated to tasty crepes at the cost of 200 yen (about US$ 2).


The vending machine serves a variety of flavors of crepe, including chocolate cream, caramel, strawberry cream, and cheese. The crepes are delivered in a glass bottle, which customers are asked to return after they are done.

With this machine being a one-of-a-kind favorite, some users are wondering if other cities also have one of their own:


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