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Nerdgeist in Japan – Saké Vending Machines

If you are the someone who enjoys their alcohol and likes to travel off the beaten track this is an area of Japan that you cannot miss out on.

For those unfamiliar with Niigata, this city is the capital and the most populous city of Niigata Prefecture. It lies on the north Coast of Honshu, Japans largest island and is about a ninety minute bullet train from Tokyo. Niigata is also the home of a famous Saké festival (Saké no jin) and is a region famous for its Sake, the city itself has the greatest rice paddy field acreage in Japan.  So why am I telling you all this?

Well folks if you happen to be in Niigata and you enjoy Rice Wine then you should seek out this slice of heaven, a room full of Saké vending machines… IMG_2294This attraction is so easy to find so its worth it, all you need to do is get to Niigata’s main train station and then find the hotel attached to the station, you wont even need to go outside, though after enough Saké you may want to do so. Simply find the hotel and next door to the reception is this store front.IMG_2268.pngOnce inside just keep going in a diagonal line to the right and back and there you will find these oh so awesome vending machines. IMG_2270There is over 100 options to pick from and for 6 tokens it is 500 Yen which at the time of writing this is the equivalent of  £3.38 or $4.72 and that is a serious bargain. If you enjoy any of the Sake’s then you can purchase them in the store front. Beyond that the city is quite lovely I would advise checking out the Botanical gardens or Bi-Monthly comic book market. Fortunately once you have enjoyed your booze you can safely stagger back to the train station and make your way make to Tokyo or where ever you are staying and recover. Little advice as a tourist don’t get to drunk.

 

 

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