A gacha capsule for anyone who truly thinks it’s not the destination that’s important, but the journey.

Living in Japan, you can sometimes start to get a little desensitized to just how unusual some Japanese capsule toy, or gacha, vending machines are. Excruciatingly detailed miniature recreations of Yoshinoya menu items? High-speed pull-back moving mountains, which are also a pun? We’ve got both of those sitting on our shelves right now.

And yet, today we’re looking at something that makes even us say “Whoa, now that’s crazy” with this capsule machine.

Right away, you’ll notice the word “peach” written at the top, but those pink orbs inside the machine aren’t pieces of fruit. This is a capsule vending machine for the company Peach, a Japanese airline, and each of those capsules is waiting to send you on a flight to a random destination.

Each capsule costs 5,000 yen (US$46) and contains a voucher worth at least 6,000 yen of Peach Points, which can be used towards the price of a ticket, either departure or return, between the random airport and one of Peach’s hubs, Narita (NRT) for capsules purchased in Tokyo or Kansai International (KIX) for capsules purchased in Osaka.

The other airport isn’t completely random, though. In keeping with gacha protocol, you get one of a set number of possibilities, 12, to be precise, for tickets with Narita Airport as the start/end of the journey. The possible Narita pairings are Sapporo Shin Chitose (CTS), Memanbetsu (MMB), and Kushiro (KUH) in Hokkaido, Kansai International (KIX) in Osaka, Fukuoka (FUK), Nagasaki (NGS), Miyazaki (KMI), Oita (OIT), and Kagoshima (KOG) on the southwest island of Kyushu, and Naha(OKA), New Ishigaki (ISG) and Amami (ASJ) in Okinawa.

For tickets going to/from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport, the possible destinations are the Tohoku region’s Sendai (SDJ), Niigata (NHK) on the Sea of Japan coast, , and the same destinations in Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Okinawa as the Narita tickets, with the exclusion of Oita.

▼ The to/from Kansai International Airport ticket routes

Thankfully, your departure date isn’t random, as you can redeem the tickets any time between when you purchase your capsule and March 31. In addition, if you complete a “mission” that’s printed on your voucher, generally visiting some local landmark or eating a regional delicacy, and upload a photo as proof to Peach’s official travel blog Tabinoco, you can earn an additional 3,000 yen worth of Peach Points for use on a future trip.

Peach is calling the program Tabikuji (“Journey Lottery”), and the available tickets depend on which of two machines you buy them from. For the Narita tickets, a Tabikuji machine will be installed in Tokyo on the sixth floor of the Shibuya Parco shopping center, while the Kansai International tickets can already be purchased from the machine on the fourth floor of the Shinsaibashi Parco in Osaka.

The terms and conditions of this program differ from those originally reported in this article. SoraNews24 sincerely apologizes for any confusion this may have caused.

Source: Peach via Jin, PR Times
Images: Peach
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