Rice is a staple in most Japanese households, and this explains why rice vending machines are so popular in Japan. People can avoid a trip to the grocery store and quickly pick up a sack of rice from vending machine, making it easy to stay stocked up on rice. Some vending machines also sell cooked rice accompanied with curry for a fast and filling meal. Unlike grocery stores and restaurants, these machines are open 24/7 and don’t require waiting in line.
Instant ramen vending machines fulfill the same need as cooked rice vending machines in Japan—delivering a hot meal with the press of a button. Sometimes you just really want the comfort of a bowl of ramen, and in Japan, you can get this on the go. Instant ramen is so easy to prepare that it makes a lot of sense to offer it in vending machines. Once you select your flavor, you place the cup under a hot water dispenser on the machine, and your hot cup of ramen is ready to enjoy.