What is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Japan?



Do you drink alcohol?

Many of us Asians get red in the face when we drink, but we still love to drink!
When you think of Japan, you probably have a big image of Japanese sake.

But what is it that Japanese people like to drink?
Japanese sake? Or is it something else?

Today, I’d like to present a ranking of the drinks that Japanese people drink most often!

Let’s get started!!


ハイボール (whiskey mixed with soda

Do you know what ハイボール is?
Japanese people love to drink whiskey mixed with soda and it’s called

It’s easy to drink and low in calories.

But when I was in the US, I didn’t see ハイボール in bars.
And one of my friend from the US tried ハイボール when she was in Japan and then said,
“This is disgusting!”

I wonder if only Japanese drink ハイボール…?



Red wine and white wine are both drunk equally in Japan.

It is said that a glass of wine a day is good for your health.
I like red wine more personally!


梅酒(Plum wine)

I love plum wine!
It’s great because it’s easy to drink, just like juice, and it tastes great whether you drink it on the rocks, with water, hot water, or soda!

You can find plum wine overseas too!



Here it is, so classic!!

When you’re thirsty, beer is the best!

Japanese brand beers such as Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo are popular overseas as well.
They are characterized by their strong taste.



Hmm? You’re probably wondering what サワー is, right?

The sour is shochu mixed with various flavors of syrup and soda.

Hmm? What’s 焼酎(Shochu)?

Shochu is a traditional Japanese distilled spirit.
And it’s made from rice, barley, or sweet potatoes.

Shochu is often drunk as it is, or mixed with tea.
However, the sour is popular among people who are not good at drinking alcohol.

It’s also nice to have a variety of flavors to choose from according to your own tastes!

Now that I’ve introduced the top 5 in order, but did you notice?
There’s no Japanese sake on the list!

Unfortunately, sake came in at 7th.
Because it has a strong alcohol content, so many Japanese who are not strong drinkers find it too strong…

When you come to Japan, I hope you will try many kinds of alcohol!
But be careful not to drink too much!