Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and other events
April
Hiroshima
April 15-16 (Sat noon-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm)
Microbrew Beer Festa in Hiroshima 2017
A chance to sample more than 100 Japanese craft beers from twenty-two participating breweries, including North Island, Swan Lake, and local Hiroshima brewery Kure Beer. Also featuring Hiroshima oysters and food from Tottori, Shimane and Okayama; a marketplace area and live music.
Outdoor event space next to Old Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (Hiroshima Naka-ku Motomachi 5)
Price: Free admission. Tasting-size drink tickets are Y3200 for twenty tickets (use one ticket for each 80ml tasting), plus a commemorative glass. Regular-size drink tickets (250ml) are Y4000 for a book of ten, plus a commemorative glass.
Okinawa Naha
April 22-23 (Sat. 1-9pm; Sun. noon-5pm)
BeerFes Okinawa 2017
First launched in 1998 in Tokyo, the multi-city BeerFes is one of Japan's longest-running craft-beer festivals. Extra beer tickets are available inside the venue, and there will be several booths selling food.
Times Hall first floor event space (Kumoji 2-2-2, Naha; two minutes from Kenchomae monorail stop)
Ticket price Y3000 for ten beer tickets plus a glass.
Nagoya
April 26 (Wed) - May 7 (Sun)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2017 Nagoya
Twelve days of Belgian beers! Over fifty Belgian breweries take part each year, and 12.7 tons of Belgian fries are consumed at this very festive multi-city event.
Hisaya Odori Park, Hisaya Plaza - Angel Plaza
Price: Y3500 for book of 11 tickets plus one glass; slightly cheaper if purchased in advance.
Kumamoto
April 28 - May 7
Kyushu Beer Festival 2017 in Kumamoto
Launced in Fukuoka in 2009, this regional beer festival will cover six cities this year, and this will be the first time in Kumamoto. The ten-day festival showcases local Kyushu craft breweries but also features plenty of beers from other areas of Japan. Dozens of food booths will be servinig local Kumamoto dishes.
Kumamoto Hanabata Park
Free admission. Beer tickets are Y500 per glass; pay as you go for food.
May
Oita
May 3-7 (11am-9pm; first day from noon)
Kyushu Beer Festival 2017 in Oita
This is the third annual appearance of this regional beer event in Oita. The festival showcases local Kyushu craft breweries but also features plenty of beers from other areas of Japan as well as local food specialties.
Oita Station North Exit Plaza (Kanamemachi 1-1)
Free admission. Beer tickets are Y500 per glass; pay as you go for food.
Saitama Shintoshin
May 17-21
Keiyaki Beer Festival Spring 2017
This major beer festival generally features well over fifty breweries and attracts huge crowds. Highly recommended.
Keyaki Hiroba
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Yokohama
May 18-21 (Thu-Sun)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2017 Yokohama
Over fifty Belgian breweries take part each year, and 12.7 tons of Belgian fries are consumed at this very festive multi-city event.
Yamashita Park
Price: Y3500 for book of 11 tickets plus one glass; slightly cheaper if purchased in advance.
Osaka
May 24-28
Belgian Beer Weekend 2017 Osaka
Over fifty Belgian breweries take part each year at this very festive multi-city event. In general the beers here are a better deal than the food.
Shin-Umeda City (Wonder Square)
Price: Y3500 for book of 11 tickets plus one glass; slightly cheaper if purchased in advance.
June
Tokyo Ebisu
June 3-4
BeerFes Tokyo 2017
One of Japan's longest-running craft-beer festivals, BeerFes gives you the chance to try over 100 kinds of beer for a single admission price.
Yebisu Garden Place - The Garden Hall
Ticket price TBA
Kanazawa
June 8-11
Belgian Beer Weekend 2017 Kanazawa
Over fifty Belgian breweries take part each year, and 12.7 tons of Belgian fries are consumed at this very festive multi-city event.
Ishikawa Shiko Memorial Park
Price: Y3500 for book of 11 tickets plus one glass; slightly cheaper if purchased in advance.
Sapporo
June 24 - July 2
Belgian Beer Weekend 2017 Sapporo
The fifth stop on this year's multi-city Belgian beer tour, this popular event lets you sample beers from more than fifty Belgian breweries, along with frites, sausages and other Belgian foods.
Odori Park (8 chome)
Price: Y3500 for book of 11 tickets plus one glass; slightly cheaper if purchased in advance.
July
Osaka
July 14-16
BeerFes Osaka 2017
One of Japan's longest-running craft-beer festivals, BeerFes gives you the chance to try over 100 kinds of beer for a single admission price. Cheaper admission on Friday night; check the website for details.
My Dome Osaka
Ticket price TBA
Sendai
July 27-30
Belgian Beer Weekend 2017 Sendai
Over fifty Belgian breweries take part each year, and 12.7 tons of Belgian fries are consumed at this very festive multi-city event.
Kotodai Park
Price: Y3500 for book of 11 tickets plus one glass; slightly cheaper if purchased in advance.
August
Kurume
August 8-13 (Aug 8-10 4-10pm; Aug 11-13 noon-10pm)
Kyushu Beer Festival 2017 in Kurume
Kyushu's largest craft-beer festival is making its second appearance in Kurume this year, featuring craft beers from all over Japan as well as food booths from local Kurume restaurants.
Kurume City Plaza Rokkakudo Hiroba
Free admission. Beer tickets are Y500 per glass; pay as you go for food.
Nagoya
August 19-20
BeerFes Nagoya 2017
One of Japan's longest-running craft-beer festivals, BeerFes gives you the chance to try over 100 kinds of beer for a single admission price.
Nagoya Congress Center
Ticket price TBA
Kobe
August 30 - September 3
Belgian Beer Weekend 2017 Kobe
This is the first year that this popular multi-city event will be taking place in Kobe. Over fifty Belgian breweries take part each year, and 12.7 tons of Belgian fries are consumed, along with sausages and other Belgian food.
Meriken Park
Price: Y3500 for book of 11 tickets plus one glass; slightly cheaper if purchased in advance.
September
Tokyo Roppongi
September 14-18
Belgian Beer Weekend 2017 Tokyo
Running in Tokyo for five days this year, this is the biggest and most popular Belgian beer festival in Japan, featuring beers from more than fifty breweries and a wide selection of food.
Roppongi Hills Arena
Price: Y3500 for book of 11 tickets plus one glass; slightly cheaper if purchased in advance.
Yokohama
September 16-18
BeerFes Yokohama 2017
One of Japan's longest-running craft-beer festivals, BeerFes gives you the chance to try over 100 kinds of beer for a single admission price.
Osanbashi Hall
Ticket price TBA
October
Fukuoka
October 2-9 (Oct. 2: 5-10pm; Oct. 3-6: 4-10pm; Oct. 7-9 11am-10pm)
Kyushu Beer Festival 2017 in Hakata
It's Kyushu's largest craft-beer festival, featuring beers from small breweries all over Japan. There will also be plenty of food, including local Kyushu dishes.
JR Hakata Station Ekimae Hiroba
Free admission. Beer tickets are Y500 per glass; pay as you go for food.
 

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