When people think of countries and alcohol – most people think of Germany for beer, Russia for vodka, and Scotland for whisky. But that doesn’t mean Japan isn’t one of the best countries to go drinking! Here are 5 reasons why drinking in Japan is awesome.
(1). Low-value all-you-can-drink!
All-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat drinking establishments are extremely common in Japan. And while buying a single beer from a restaurant may seem expensive, all-you-can-drink offers start from only 800 yen ($8). From anywhere between 30 minutes to 3 hours, you can drink as much alcohol as you want/can. You also get to choose from a huge selection of beer, spirits, cocktails, and more! This alone is enough reason to drink in Japan!
(1-hour all-you-can-drink 500 yen [$5])
(2). Some of the finest drinks in the world
Japan is very good at making drinks. The country has spent thousands of years perfecting the perfect recipes for rice-based alcohol such as sake and shochu. Japan is also recognised as one of the world’s 5 great whisky producers. Oh and yes, the beer tastes great, too.
(3). Drink in your own private room with instant delivery!
It’s also very common to have your own little Japanese-style room when drinking with a couple of friends. We all known bars can get noisy – but with these little rooms, you can drink merrily while chatting away without interruption. What’s even better, by the push of a button (or maybe a little call to one of the many waiters), you can get all your drinks delivered to you pronto.
The variety of standard drinks you can find anywhere in the country is overwhelming. Your average convenience store (which are on almost every corner) will have 30+ varieties of beer, 20+ varieties of fruit flavoured alcohol, and a large variety of sake and shochu, too. If you go to a supermarket, there will be even more for you to choose from!
(5) Eat while you drink!
While back in the UK, the “culture’ is to spend the day drinking, then towards the end of the night, order a kebab or a curry. While this is a great way to fit in a couple of extra beers into your poor stomach, it can result in getting very drunk and feeling very ill the next day.
In Japan, however, we drink, we eat, and we talk. It’s quite common to order smaller plates or snacks over a couple of hours to share amongst your friends as you slowly get drunker and fuller. I usually don’t wake up with much of a headache, either.
So yes, now you see! If you like alcohol, you may be surprised to find Japan is just the place for you!