For the past week, many of Japan’s metropolitan governments have strongly requested that residents refrain from going outside for nonessential reasons to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Faced with a lot more time at home, you might find yourself reaching for that six pack of supermarket happōshu (a low-malt, beer-like beverage) with a resigned sigh.

But hold off on that desperation purchase! Ordering quality beer online in Japan is surprisingly simple. Although some countries tightly control how, or even if, beer can be sold directly to consumers, Japan has a remarkably relaxed approach to alcohol being delivered via the postal system. So, rather than heading out to a crowded supermarket for subpar suds, why not jump online and order some quality craft beer from the comfort and safety of home?

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