Christmas shopping can be stressful – but not today! I've found a Japanese Vending Machine that is perfect, making it easy for you to shop and save time -- and save money! There are over 650 of these King's Treasure Box (王様の宝箱) vending machines around Tokyo ー and what's inside may surprise you! I spoke with the creator and CEO of these special vending machines who gave me an inside look at the machine -- and all that treasure!
Okay. Okay. I know it's lazy to shop for friends at a vending machine. I mean, it's the thought that counts, right? But there are advantages to shopping at vending machines.
WHY SHOP AT A VENDING MACHINE?
It's convenient. There are hundreds of these machines!
It's easy. Just push the button.
It's quick. Done in a minute.
It's not your fault if they don't like it. Blame the machine!
Oh, and it's super fun!
Nakajima-san, the creator told me he made these machines because he loved Gachapon so much, that he wanted a 24 hour solution for adults. Normal gachapon machines are made of plastic and lack security so they are taken off the streets and locked away when the store closes.
With his vending machine, he can play it any time!
Basically he converted old book vending machine and turned them into package dispensing ones. He redesigned the buttons and racks inside, made them more stylish and easier to work. In the end, he made a bigger, 24-hour gachapon machine for adults.
Nintendo DS (the main prize!)
Walkie-talkie Watch set
LED Light Audio Activated Glasses
T-SHIRT with a mini speaker that plays a guitar!
Battery Chargers for smart phones
... and much much more!
WHY IS IT ONLY 1000 YEN?
Since he buys in bulk and many toy and product makers want their goods featured in these machines, he gets great discounts and that allows you to get items valued at 1000 yen or more.
Sometimes less. It's sort of luck. The most valuable is a NINTENDO DS!
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The machine I visited is here:
(Next to the KFC under the train overpass)
You can find a map to every 1000 Yen “King's Treasure Box” vending machine here:
KING'S TREASURE BOX website (Japanese only):
Special THANK YOU to:
Simon & Martina
Peter Von Gomm
Joseph Tame & Family
TeknoAxe, awesome tunes!
Anti Corporation Christmas Music -- Background #52
Royalty Free Music #73 (Jingle Bell Rock) Christmas Music
This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He's been living and working in Japan for over 18 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan's International Channel.