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craft beerHinomoto Beer Parlor - Beer bar: Jimbocho
Small in scale and stylishly appointed, this charming little drinking spot has a more comfortable, intimate feel than many of the larger beer bars in this part of town. Ten taps of domestic craft beers are supplemented by a decent selection of...
craft beerCraft Beer Tap - Beer bar: Shinjuku
Craft Beer Tap carries a selection of mostly German, Czech and Belgian beers on tap along with some unusual craft beers from the US and a substantial bottled selection. They're worth knowing about for their late-night hours - until 4am on Friday...
belgianOerbier Man - Belgian: Akihabara
The Delirium Cafe chain of Belgian beer bars imports their own beers, and this central-Akihabara branch showcases brews from De Dolle Brouwers in Essen, Belgium. There are ten beers on tap as well as a huge assortment of bottled beers from all over...
germanZum Bierhof Neu - German: Shinjuku
Run by German beer importer Zato Trading, this spacious beer hall offers traditional German fare and five draft beers from Hofbrau Munchen brewery in Munich. The two dining areas seem to be optimized for after-work beer parties, with all seating at...
germanSchmatz - German: Suidobashi
Hot dogs at the ballpark are always a winning combination, so this Tokyo Dome mini-branch of the popular German bar-restaurant serves up German hot dogs in novel variations like Pizza Genovese and Cheese-Mushroom. The sauerkraut version is...
craft beerCitraba - Beer bar: Koenji
This spacious beer bar offers 16 or so well-chosen craft beers from breweries like Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR), Omnipollo (Stockholm), Wylam (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Outsider (Yamanashi). Citraba occupies the former location of Craft...
June 7-16 (Fri-Sun) weekdays 4-10pm, Sat, Sun 11am-10pm
Hibiya Garden 2019 Part One
Billed as Japan's largest beer garden, this big outdoor party is now in its third year, and it brought in more than 200,000 visitors last year. They serve more than 70 kinds of beer and other alcoholic beverages, including craft beers from Japan and imported beers from Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and the UK. There's plenty of food as well, and a full schedule of live musical performances.
Hibiya Park Central Fountain
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
June 14-16 (Fri. 4-9pm, Sat. 11am-8pm, Sun. 11am-5pm)
Tohoku Jibiru Festival in Akita 2019
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.
Price: Free admission, pay as you go.
June 21-23 (Fri 5-9pm; Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-6pm)
Niigata Craft Beer Land
This popular regional festival offers craft beers from at least 29 Japanese brewers, with more than 150 beers in all. There are also numerous food booths. Books of tickets are available for advance purchase at 7-Eleven. Each ticket is good for one 200ml serving of beer.
Price: Y4000 for a book of 8 tickets