Edible insect vending machine set up in Nagano Pref.

A vending machine selling edible insects has been set up at a camping facility in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan.

The machine was installed in the town of Takamori by Osawa Asami, an online streamer.

Its menu consists of 18 types of deep-fried insects, including crickets and grasshoppers. Some are sprinkled with salt, and some are chocolate flavored. They range from 1,000 to 2,600 yen, or around seven to 20 dollars.

Last month, Osawa set up another similar vending machine in the village of Achi. She said some of the insects were so popular they had sold out.

Insects have been drawing attention as an alternative source of protein to solve the global food shortage.

Osawa said Nagano Prefecture has a culture of eating insects, so she hopes the edible insects will gain popularity through the vending machines. She said children and women can also enjoy them as they come in different flavors, such as chocolate.

Nagano-grown locusts will soon join the lineup.