Think the best place in Tokyo to shop is the famous Ginza district? Want to stop into a local convenience store for a drink or a pack of cigarettes?Why not just stop at your local vending machine? Japan leads the world in vending machines per capita, with one machine for every 23 people. In Japan, you will see drink machines bout every hundred meters, and they are kind of an eyesore. Most of the drink machines sell water, Coke, juices and coffee, but occasionally you will find one that sells beer, and even more rare, hard liquor. Cigarette vending machines are still very common in Japan, and the government issues cards that verify the purchaser's age. You will also see vending machines is lower-end restaurants... At these machines, you pay and select your food item, then the machine prints a ticket that you hand to the cook or server.