Japan’s drinking laws

Japan’s drinking laws

Intro

Japan has comparatively relaxed laws when it comes to drinking and alcohol. In this article we delve into Japan's laws about buying booze, drinking it (in public), and what happens afterwards. Note that I am addressing the letter of the law here -- what's socially or culturally acceptable will depend on the context. But I'll give you some hints there anyway.

Let's look at a few different facets of this. For any given country there are probably laws governing the manufacturing of alcohol, the distribution of alcohol, and finally the consumption of alcohol (or at least the results of the consumption). Since it's unlikely you have come to Japan to make alcohol, we'll cover only the latter two in this guide. Click below to continue.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. I Am Not A Lawyer and I can't guarantee everything in here is current or completely accurate. It's your obligation to familiarize yourself with the laws of wherever you may be in the world, and that includes Tokyo and Japan. Please drink responsibly! Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world by any measure, but always be reasonable.