The five major beer brand names from Japan are Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo, Suntory, and Orion. Each one has its own special flavors and market.
Asahi: The Asahi brewery is located in Tokyo and has about a 40 percent share of the Japanese beer market. Asahi Super Dry is one of their most popular brews, followed by Asahi Kuronama, a dark draft beer.
Kirin: Kirin Brewing Company is also located in Tokyo and sells two of Japan's most popular beers, Kirin Lager and Ichiban Shibori.
Sapporo: Sapporo is Japan's oldest beer brand with its headquarters in Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo. Their Yebisu lager is one of their popular brews.
Suntory: In addition to beer, the Suntory company also makes Japanese whiskey. Suntory's headquarters are located in Osaka, and they make different malt brews.
Orion: Orion Breweries operates out of Okinawa. They make mild beers with crisp flavors.