Why Vending Machines Are So Popular in #Japan? Via Kotaku.com [Photo: Kotaro_915] Yes, the number of vending machines in Japan borders on overkill. Sometimes, you come across machines that you wonder if anyone even uses. Abroad, city streets with rows and rows of vending machines are emblematic of the modern Japan. Go to Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and often, you'll also find vending machines.