Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and other events
Beer events 2018
July
Sendai
June 29 - July 8 (weekdays 4-9pm, weekends 11am-9pm; last order 8:30)
Tohoku Oktoberfest 2018
This popular multi-day outdoor event features lots of German food, beer and music. While there are many imports, beers from Yamanashi brewery Fujizakura are probably the best value for money.
Nishikicho Park
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Osaka
July 13-15
BeerFes Osaka 2018
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
Tickets Y5000 for Saturday and Sunday sessions, Y4000 for Friday session (Y4600 and Y3600 if purchased in advance)
Tokyo Hibiya
July 13-22 (weekdays 4-10pm, weekends 11am-10pm; last order 9:30)
Hibiya Oktoberfest 2018
One of Tokyo's several multi-day Oktoberfest events, this very popular outdoor event offers German food, beer and music. While there are many imports, beers from local Yamanashi brewery Fujizakura are probably the best value for money.
Hibiya Park Central Fountain
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Ibaraki Tsukuba
July 14-15
Tsukuba Craft Beer Fest 2018
A beer festival for the whole family, Tsukuba's popular annual event features live bands and DJs on two separate stages along with plenty of food and organic soft drinks. Last year there were nineteen breweries represented (including one US import), ranging from big names like Hitachi Nest and Echigo to smaller local producers. Check their website for more up-to-date information.
Tsukuba Center Plaza
Y500 admission.
Tochigi Utsunomiya
July 20-22 (Fri 3-9pm; Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-5pm)
Tochigi Craft Beer Festa 2018
More of a regional beer festival than a Japan-wide event, Tochigi will be featuring around 40-50 beers from a handful of small Japanese breweries including Ushitora, Preston and Nasu Kogen, plus US imports from AQ Bevolution (Lucky Bucket, Left Hand, Heretic).
Utsunomiya Orion Square
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Okinawa Naha
July 27-28 (Sat. 1-9pm; Sun. noon-5pm)
BeerFes Okinawa 2018
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.
Kofu, Yamanashi-ken
July 27-August 5 (M-F 4:30-9pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am-9pm)
Kraft Bier Fest Kofu 2018
The organizers promise fifty different craft beers for visitors to sample and compare, from ten local and nationwide craft breweries like Outsider, Tokorozawa, Far Yeast and Fujizakura. Fifteen local restaurants will be selling food, and there's a full schedule of music for the ten-day event.
Kofu Station North Exit Yochabare Hiroba (in front of station)
Free admission to the site, tickets from Y1700 (includes a souvenir glass and Y1000 worth of drink/food tickets)
August
Nagoya
August 4-5
BeerFes Nagoya 2018
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
Kurume
August 9-12 (Aug 9-10 4-10pm; Aug 11-12 noon-10pm)
Kyushu Beer Festival 2018 in Kurume
Kyushu's largest craft-beer festival is making its third 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.
Tokyo Hibiya
August 9-12 (Thu 2-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2018 Hibiya Park
Japan's biggest Belgian beer festival has expanded to a second Tokyo location this year, gathering at Hibiya Park. Over fifty Belgian breweries take part each year, and 12.7 tons of Belgian fries are consumed at this very festive multi-city event.
Hibiya Park Central Fountain
Price: Y2900 for a "starter set" ticket book for beer and food.
Iwate Ichinoseki
August 24-26 (Fri 4-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm)
Nationwide Jibiru Festival in Ichinoseki 2018
Now in its twenty-first year, this indoor-outdoor festival features local foods as well as craft beers from around Japan. Last year they offered more than 300 different beers from 84 breweries.
Ichinoseki Cultural Center
Price: Y2000 for a ticket book.
Akita
August 25-26 (Sat 11-8, Sun 10-4)
Craft Beer Festival in Akita 2018
Lots of craft beers and local foods at this lively regional beer festival. In past years more than fifty Japanese breweries have taken part.
Akita Agora Hiroba (in front of JR Akita Station)
Same-day tickets are Y1500 for four 200ml drink tickets, or Y400 for one. Advance tickets are Y1200 for four drink tickets.
Kobe
August 29 - September 2 (Wed-Fri 4-9pm; Sat-Sun 11am-9pm)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2018 Kobe
This is the second 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: Y2900 for a "starter set" ticket book
September
Saitama Shintoshin
September 5-9 (Wed 4-9:30pm; Thu-Sat 11am-9:30pm; Sun 11am-7pm)
Keiyaki Beer Festival Autumn 2018
This major beer festival generally features well over fifty breweries and plenty of food stalls, and attracts huge crowds. It's one of the best festivals in the Tokyo area, and is highly recommended.
Keyaki Hiroba
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Yokohama
September 15-17
BeerFes Yokohama 2018
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
Tokyo Roppongi
September 19-24 (Wed-Fri 4-10pm; Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2018 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: Ticket books Y3100 (Y2900 in advance)
Tokyo Aomi
September 28 - October 8 (weekdays 4-10pm, weekends, holidays 11am-10pm; last order 9:30)
Odaiba Oktoberfest Fall 2018
One of Tokyo's several multi-day Oktoberfest events, this very popular outdoor event offers German food, beer and music. While there are many imports, beers from local Yamanashi brewery Fujizakura are probably the best value for money.
Cymbal Promenade Park Central Square
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Kanazawa
September 29-30 (Sat 11-8, Sun 11-5)
Craft Beer Kanazawa 2018
Around 88 different beers from more than a dozen breweries will be available for tasting, including a few local brews from Toyama and Ishikawa. Some participants include Shiga Kogen, North Island, Minami Shinshu, Isekado and Minoh. More than a dozen food stalls will be serving everything from tandoori chicken, Czech-style garlic soup and Chinese dumplings to local Kanazawa dishes.
Shiinoki Geihinkan Ishi no Hiroba
Free admission, pay as you go (Y400 per glass).
November
Tokyo Nogizaka
November 1-4 (Thursday 4-10pm, Friday, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-8pm - last order 30 minutes before closing)
Deutschland Fest 2018
Co-sponsored by the German Embassy, this is probably the best of the German-themed festivals on the yearly calendar, with a more German feel to it than the typical Oktoberfest event. There's plenty of tasty German food, beer and wine to sample, a live music stage, and booths selling a range of German products.
Aoyama Park
Free admission, pay as you go.
 

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