Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and other events
May
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.
Tokyo Kabukicho
May 24-28 (5/24 3-9pm; other days 11am-9pm)
Oedo Beer Matsuri 2017
More than two dozen Japanese craft breweries will be represented at this five-day festival, along with many imports from the US, UK and Europe. There will also be a good selection of booths selling food.
Kabukicho Cinecity Square
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Osaka
May 27-28 (Sat. noon-8pm, Sun, 11am-6pm)
Craft Beer Live 2017
One of Osaka's major beer events, this festival focuses on Kansai breweries large and small. Twenty-seven breweries are taking part this year, and nine local bars and restaurants, including Molto, B&G Nicholson and Yellow Ape, will be running food booths.
Minatomachi River Place, Plaza 3 Open Space, 1-3-1 Minatomachi
Price: Y2800 for book of 7 tickets, Y400 discount with advance purchase; individual tickets Y400 each
June
Tokyo Hibiya
June 2-11 (weekdays 4-10pm, weekends 11am-10pm; last order 9:30)
Hibiya Oktoberfest Spring 2017
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
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.
Akita
June 16-18 (Fri. 4-9pm, Sat. 11am-8pm, Sun. 11am-5pm)
Tohoku Jibiru Festival in Akita 2017
The first of three craft-beer festivals in Akita this year, the event features eleven Japanese craft breweries, including names like North Island, Iwate Kura and Aqula (who are the organizers). Last year the festival attracted 6,000 visitors.
Area Nakaichi
Price: Free admission, pay as you go.
Nara
June 16-25 (weekdays 4-10pm, weekends 11am-10pm; last order 9:30)
Nara Oktoberfest 2017
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.
Nara Park, Noborioji Enchi
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
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
Sendai
July 7-17 (weekdays 4-9pm, weekends 11am-9pm; last order 8:30)
Tohoku Oktoberfest 2017
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 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
Utsunomiya, Tochigi
July 21-23 (Fri 3-9pm; Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-5pm)
Tochigi Craft Beer Festa 2017
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
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.
Ichinoseki, Iwate
August 18-20 (Fri 4-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm)
Nationwide Jibiru Festival in Ichinoseki 2017
Now in its twentieth 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.
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 Hibiya
Sept 1-10 (weekdays 4-10pm, weekends 11am-10pm; last order 9:30)
Hibiya Oktoberfest Fall 2017
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
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
Ibaraki Tsukuba
September 29 - October 1 (Fri 3-9pm, Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-5pm last order)
Tsukuba Craft Beer Fest 2017
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.
Tsukuba Center Plaza
Y500 admission.
Tokyo Aomi
Sept 29 - Oct 9 (weekdays 4-10pm, weekends 11am-10pm; last order 9:30)
Odaiba Oktoberfest Fall 2017
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
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.
November
Tokyo Nogizaka
November 2-5 (Thursday 4-10pm, Friday, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-8pm - last order 30 minutes before closing)
Deutschland Fest 2017
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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