Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and events
Beer festivals and other events
Beer events 2017
September
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.
Osaka Castle Park
October 6-9 (Fri 4-9pm, Sat, Sun 11am-9pm, Mon 11am-7pm)
Craft Beer Holiday
One of Kansai's best beer festivals, Craft Beer Holiday is held in the park outside Osaka Castle, just in front of the JR train station. As usual, various food and beer vendors will be on hand, and half-size glasses are available, so you can try out more beers.
Osakajo Koen Ekimae Hiroba
Y3400 for 7 food and drink tickets plus original glass (Y3000 in advance); Y1000 for 3 tickets
Tokyo Shinagawa
October 25-29 (Wed 3-10pm; Thu-Sun noon-10pm)
Oedo Beer Matsuri 2017 Autumn
Tokyo's newest major beer festival is holding their third installment of this year, in yet another new location. As usual there will be more than two dozen Japanese craft breweries represented, along with many imports from the US, UK and Europe. There will also be a good selection of booths selling food.
Shinagawa Intercity
Free admission, pay as you go.
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.
Tokyo Kaigan
November 18-19 (1-7pm)
American Craft Beer Experience
Run by the Brewers Association in the US, this small festival is a good chance to sample some American craft beers that aren't yet available in Japan, as well as exploring the best of what's on the market already. There will be booths serving barbecue and other American-style food.
Takeshiba New Pier Hall. Use the front entrance (not on the waterfront) to access the venue.
Free admission, pay as you go.
 

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