Surviving on Tokyo's vending machines

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Surviving on Tokyo's vending machines


There are more vending machines per capita in Japan than in any other country in the world. And as of 2013, there are over 5 million of them. Soft drinks might make up half of those, but you can also pick up beer, sake, dried octopus, toys, pet food, hair accessories, glasses and even burgers. (Well, that last one comes with a proviso, but we'll get to that...) We've got 5,000 yen (about $50) in pocket money and a day to cover Tokyo, so join us for a morning coffee and maybe something a little stronger in the evening.

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  • 4:00 AM: Starting early, need coffee
  • 4:00 AM: Still really need coffee
  • 1:30 PM: Hitting up Harajuku
  • 1:30 PM: Hitting up Harajuku
  • 1:30 PM: Hitting up Harajuku
  • 2:00 PM: Sectioning clips and soft drinks
  • 2:40 PM: The burger vending machine?
  • 2:40 PM: The burger vending machine?
  • 2:40 PM: The burger vending machine?
  • 4:00 PM: Shopping for presents
  • 4:00 PM: Shopping for presents
  • 4:00 PM: Shopping for presents
  • 4:00 PM: Shopping for presents
  • 5:40 PM: Shopping for me
  • 5:40 PM: Shopping for me
  • 5:40 PM: Shopping for me
  • 5:40 PM: Shopping for me
  • 6:30 PM: The vending machine speakeasy
  • 6:30 PM:
  • The rest: Something a little stronger
  • The rest: Google Play's app vending machine
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