Found this earlier! Its a funny little website, with the price of beer everwhere in the world: And Japan is shamed on the front page at the moment for being the most expensive pint in the world! www.pintprice.com - Price of beer in Japan
Good lord, 8.50 USD is not right. I take it this website takes into account hostess bars and all the places that overcharge obscenely, not nomihoudai and happy hour. You can buy a liter of beer for about 5 bucks, and I typically paid about 4-5 bucks for domestic beer, and 6-7 for imports. Had to have my guiness. I didn't realize Lonely Planet gave that impression of Japan.
Most people I knew drank happushu instead of beer--- or rather, beer made w/out wheat... or simply 'fake beer', as my gf called it...
Beer is still stupid expensive in Japan, the price you pay for Kirin, Asahi etc etc, is more expensive than you pay for it outside of Japan.
We only had Lawsons, no Famima (now in the USA!), so I don't know--- the problem was that you could only get canned beer in singles, so you could easily spend about 1200+ yen on 6pack of canned Kirin... compared to about $5.99 (712 yen) or so for the same bottled beer in the US.
Sometimes it seems as if Japan isn't even Mexico when it comes to this kind of quality of life...
beer is a neccesary requirement in life...
im surprised that it's so expensive to be honest as beer seems more popular there than here lol
but i guess it all depends where ur living and what beer etc...
i mean a pint in england can be £2.00/$4.00 or £4.00/$8.00 lol it all depends where u are ^_^
I visited Kyoto during Sept./Oct. 2005 and at most bars or pubs a pint of
imported British beer/stout was 800 yen. At that time in Amedoru that would have been about $6.50.
I do not have a problem with that price as in my hometown in Northeast U.S.
a pint of the same will run about $4.50 - $5.00. And, after all, Kyoto is only about 9,000 miles farther from Great Britain than Baltimore, Maryland.
Also found some really great Belgium beers in Kyoto that I have never seen around my neck of the woods.
If you have never tried Belgium beer you are really missing something.
Looking to go back to Japan and consume some more of their great selection
of beers there at what I consider to be reasonable prices.