Just sneaking in at the bottom of this list, with a population of 37 million, Tokyo is the largest city in the world. But, they didn’t make this list based on the sheer and insurmountable amount of beer they consume. Tokyo has a wealth of beer halls, beer gardens, a beer museum, and is home to some familiar macro-breweries. However, if you want a beer and all of the stores are closed, you’re in luck, because beer is available from vending machines, which sit right out on the street (no ID required). The beer is available in both can and draft form (yes, you can get a freshly poured beer by a machine).
The craft beer scene is also taking off in Tokyo. Prior to 1994, breweries could not obtain a license unless they were producing over 2,000,000 liters annually. When this ruling was amended, it opened the doors to micro-breweries that are beginning to sprout up around the city. Beer flows like water in Tokyo. It’s consumed more than sake, whiskey, and cognac combined. There may not be the rich history compared to some European cities, and their craft beer scene may not hold a candle to some cities in the US, but make no mistake about it, in Tokyo they are passionate about beer.