Convenience on Every Corner

Japan’s Vending Machines

Donny Kimball
4 min readDec 24, 2021

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A vending machine sits on a train station platform in central Tokyo
This story was originally published on japan.travel and has been syndicated here on Medium.

There I was, about an hour into my evening trek up to the top of Mt. Inari upon which Fushimi Inari Taisha resides. As I steeled my resolve for the final few torii-lined steps to the summit, I was met with a rather odd surprise. Here, at the top of this peak, the stone stairway was illuminated by — you guessed it — one of Japan’s ubiquitous vending machines.

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/