10 Most Bizarre Vending Machines in Japan

What would you think if your country were known for having one of the highest vending machine densities in the world?  Well that’s what Japan is known for, along with many other things of course.  They officially have 1 vending machine for every 23 people.  If you manage to walk 100 meters and haven’t come across a vending machine in Japan, that’s pretty remarkable.  The reason for this is simple.  Japan has many people, and they are limited in space, with a decreasing number of people who are of working age.  The idea of vending machines has become an easy solution to a big problem.  Practically any item you can buy in a store, you can now find in one of Japan’s 6 million vending machines.

Below are mentioned 10 of the most unusual vending machines found in Japan:

1.  Lobster vending machine 

Found in Osaka.  Modeled after a children’s claw for a stuffed animal machine, for just 100 yen you can catch your very own fresh, live lobster.  Yikes!  And then you get to cook it!  Can’t wait, can you?

via Gavin Anderson (flickr)

via Gavin Anderson (flickr)

 2.  Used schoolgirl panties vending machines

The fact that these vending machines actually exist has proven to be a source of controversy.  The practice of selling used schoolgirl panties in vending machines was declared illegal in 1993, yet many locals and travelers alike claim they still see these machines around.