Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and other events
Beer events 2018
August
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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