Who needs a bartender when you can replace him with a sake vending machine! In this sake video, John travels with a JR Tokyo Wide Rail Pass from Tokyo to Echigo Yuzawa to sample a lot of Niigata’s best sakes from the Sake Testing Vending Machine!
The sake tasting vending machines are inside the train station in a place called Ponshukan. There are 120 different sake brands to try. This is how the sake vending machines work: 500 yen gets you a sake cup and 5 coins. 1 coin can fill the cup once. When finished, return the sake cup. Remember, the drinking age in Japan is 20 years old.