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Canned bread at Tokyo’s Inokashira Park

Canned bread is another thing you can buy from a Tokyo vending machine. I’ve seen them sell magazines, toys, flowers and underwear but never something this mundane.  Well, this one is in Inokashira Park.  The first time I saw it, I was a little shocked, to be honest. Chocolate or strawberry, take your pick.  There are also another couple of surprises!

Pan Akimoto canned bread

After being a little dumbfounded at my discovery, I chose chocolate.  I grabbed the can and shot off home as quickly as the train would take me.  Yes, I was curious to see how it tasted.  

bread vending machine at Inokashira Park

At home, getting it out of the can was difficult.  The contents were in greaseproof paper, which stuck to everything.  I needed to remove it delicately to prevent damaging the bread.  But once out, I noticed its fresh, chocolaty aroma.  We were off to a good start!

The taste?  Well, it tasted like chocolate bread, so no surprise there.  It was a little lackluster in the taste test and relatively soft.  Not worth the price, I thought.  I shouldn’t have been surprised.  It’s the one food Japan can’t get right.  I love Japanese food, but this country doesn’t understand bread.  For ¥550, I was expecting more.

Pan Akimoto Canned bread contents

But, there are bakeries nearby where you could buy cheaper and more delicious bread.  Then again, I guess hardcore vending machine addicts would have to visit this one.  I imagine people buy these cans to impress their friends on Facebook.

But if you want a picture to impress people, there are some other cans next to the bread that might be what you need. Those were grasshoppers and bee larvae.  No mistake, grasshoppers and bee larvae.  Dead, of course.  The grasshoppers will cost you ¥900, while the bee larvae will set you back a whopping ¥2300!!!  I could do it cheaper with a butterfly net, an old Coca-Cola can, and a walk through the woods.  Until then, I’ll pass as those prices are a little over the top as far as I’m concerned.

Akimoto chocolate bread

Where is the canned bread vending machine?

It is easy to find.  Enter Inokashira park from the side closest to JR Kichojoji Station.  Go down the stairs, and the kiosk will be ahead of you, on the left.  You’ll spot the machines with no trouble. Here is a map:

Note about eating the grasshoppers and bee larvae

There is a note on the machine that says you should get a “youji”.  Youji means toothpick and you can get them at the shop.

Inokashira Park kiosk vending machines

Wrapping up

Have you tried this bread?  If you have, let me know what you think.  You can read my full article about Inokashira Park here. And if you have any other questions or comments, please leave them below.

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