Our trip to Japan was one of the most amazing cultural experiences. The food scene blew us away and we ordered our Japanese meal for the first time from a vending machine. Here’s the story.
From Tokyo to Osaka
Our trip started out in Tokyo but we wanted to make full use of our Shinkansen pass so we decided to hop on the bullet train and head to Osaka, a culinary heaven, our foodie friends said. A sign that Japan loves vending machines might have been right in front of our eyes, the minute we got off the plane. You are greeted by hundreds of vending machines Gacha which sell Japanese toys! And drinks vending machines are literally on every street in Tokyo at least. From Tokyo to Osaka it only took us two hours and a half.
Osaka, Japan’s Kitchen
Osaka is well known for its food scene, as it has one of the best food options in the world. The moment we started walking through the city, we saw endless stalls preparing traditional dishes, weird looking fish,
okonomiyaki, octopus and more.
The first Osaka dish we tried was takoyaki, which consists of deep fried dough balls filled with octopus. It was a very strange and new taste, but we loved it!
Next Stop: Ordering Our Meal From A Vending Machine
We were just walking through Dotonbori and we saw this place where you could order ramen or other Japanese meals from the vending machine. We then saw many others and decided to finally order our meal from there.
We inserted our coins, it was about 200 and 400 YEN for a meal, we went for the two types of spicy ramen, got our ticket and waited inside. On the ticket it also tells you the approximate time you have to wait for your meal. In our case, it was 9 minutes, and it was about right.
The ramen was delicious, and it was so easy and efficient ordering it from the vending machines! And one thing Japan is known for is efficiency. Even in eating. I can’t wait to go back to Japan as it has awakened all my senses especially my taste buds!
Let me know if you’ve ever been to Japan or if you’re planning to below! Read more about my travel experiences here.