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Alcohol in Japan

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Alcohol in Japan

Hello.

What's the best places, and by best best I mean cheapest. to drink in in Japan? Whilst on the subject, is beer expensive there? Can you buy it in supermarkets? Avery useful way to dull my senses whilst on my own in my small Tokyo hotel room, probably sobbing at the same time...... Anyway I find booze actually cheers me up so please tell me how to buy the biggest amount at the cheapest price. Are there good times to buy booze in bars in Japan? In Sweden they have happy hours at particular times and if you're planning to get legless there are good times to turn up clutching a wad of bills.

Thank you...

PS. I am actually planning to do more than drink when I'm in Japan, honest.

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1. Re: Alcohol in Japan

Tokyo information - http://metropolis.co.jp/dining/

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2. Re: Alcohol in Japan

Just go to a supermarket or conbini (convenience store.) Every city block in a big city in Japan has a conbini or two. A large can (500 ml) costs 200-300 yen.

Almost all business hotels have beer vending machines on each floor. Not so in an expensive hotels.

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I agree, convenience stores are the best and most widely available place to buy beer. But, don't limit yourself to beer. Try shochu, sake and chuhai ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C5%ABhai ) if you like something like a wine cooler.

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Beer is available at every convenience store. It is sold on train platforms at stores that sell snacks, and if staying in a business hotel there will be a vending machine selling beer and coolers, etc.

Believe me, no one has every gone around Japan and complained they could not find beer.

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There are many Quasi-beer product in Japan, especially at supermarket and convenience store.

These are cheaper than real beer, looks like real beer but the taste is different.

You may not find which one is real beer. (written in small Japanese character)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happoshu

…wikipedia.org/wiki/…AB (in Japnaese)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-alcohol_beer

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If you are committed to doing yourself in, then the cheapest way in Japan is with Shochu, specifically the products of Takara Shuzo Corp. It comes in handy giant PET bottles or smaller sizes in milk cartons.

takarashuzo.co.jp/products/…index.htm

Really, you are better off to just have a nice beer, sake, or shochu in moderation and enjoy the nice culture of Hiroshima without wearing a big pair of shochu goggles.

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Even though I have some Scottish heritage, I think some single malt Japanese whisky is pretty good. I would not buy the cheapest you can find at the convenience store but as you go up in price it gets pretty good.

(I remember one brand at the supermarket was 2.7 Litres for Y1900--did not have the nerve to buy it)

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Beer is cheaper in grocery stores than in convenience stores. Kirin lager or Ichiban Shiburi are both good. Ebisu is a little more expensive but better in my opinion. Anything that is significantly cheaper than these is probably watery crap. Avoid anything that is happoshu. One thing I like about Japan is that you can drink any kind of alcohol in public.

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