Japan has a number of things that I think are better and more efficient than the States (not everything, but some things). Vending machines fall into the “better” category.
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While people talk about “weird” vending machines in Japan (like the ones that sell underwear or umbrellas), the most prominent type are drink vending machines. That sounds really boring but it is far from it. They have a HUGE variety of drinks and even soup options in the cold seasons. And these machines are literally everywhere, from a huge row of them in the city, to a solo one on a country road. It’s extremely convenient as everyone walks everywhere in Japan so you’re able to stay hydrated with the drink of your choice!