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Beer events 2019
April
Nagoya
April 24 (Wed) - May 5 (Sun)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2019 Nagoya
Over fifty Belgian breweries take part in this event each year, and 12.7 tons of Belgian fries are consumed at this very festive multi-city event.
Hisaya Odori Park, Hisaya Plaza - Angel Plaza
Price: Around Y2900 for a book of food and beer tickets
Yokohama
April 26 (Fri) - May 6 (Mon)
Yokohama Frulingsfest 2019
Frulingsfest is the German festival to celebrate the coming of spring, and the Yokohama version is a huge local event, now in its sixteenth year. There's plenty of German beer, food and music, plus fun and games for kids.
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Event Plaza Red Brick Park
Free admission, pay as you go.
Tokyo Aomi
April 26 (Fri) - May 6 (Sun)
Odaiba Oktoberfest Spring 2019
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
Oita
April 27 - May 6 (11am-9pm)
Kyushu Beer Festival 2019 in Oita
This is the fifth annual appearance of this regional beer event in Oita. The festival showcases local Kyushu craft breweries but also features plenty of beers from other areas of Japan as well as local food specialties.
Oita Station North Exit Plaza (Kanamemachi 1-1)
Free admission. Beer tickets are Y500 per glass; pay as you go for food.
May
Yokohama
May 9-12 (Thu-Sun)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2019 Yokohama
Now in its tenth year, this very festive multi-city event has more than fifty Belgian breweries taking part, while 12.7 tons of Belgian fries are consumed by visitors.
Yamashita Park
Price: TBA
Tokyo Hibiya
May 17-26 (Fri-Sun)
Hibiya Oktoberfest 2019
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
Osaka
May 25-26
Craft Beer Live 2019
Now celebrating its tenth year, this is one of Osaka's major beer events, focusing on Kansai breweries large and small. Forty-four breweries will be taking part this year, pouring more than 130 different beers, and twelve local bars and restaurants will be running food booths.
Minatomachi River Place, Plaza 3 Open Space, 1-3-1 Minatomachi
Ticket price TBD; check their website for details
Saitama Shintoshin
May 29 - June 2 (Wed 4-9pm; Thu-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-8pm)
Keyaki Beer Festival Spring 2019
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
June
Tokyo Ebisu
June 1-2
BeerFes Tokyo 2019
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
Okinawa Naha
June 7-9
BeerFes Okinawa 2019
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. (May be subject to change)
Tokyo Hibiya
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
Akita
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.
Area Nakaichi
Price: Free admission, pay as you go.
Tokyo Hibiya
June 27 - July 7
Belgian Beer Weekend 2019 Hibiya Park
Japan's biggest Belgian beer festival has expanded to a second Tokyo location, gathering at Hibiya Park over the course of eleven days. More than fifty Belgian breweries take part each year.
Hibiya Park Central Fountain
Price: Around Y2900 for a "starter set" ticket book for beer and food.
July
Osaka
July 11-21
Belgian Beer Weekend 2019 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.
Osaka Castle Park
Price: TBD
Osaka
July 12-14 (Fri-Sun)
BeerFes Osaka 2019
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 26-28
Tochigi Craft Beer Festa 2019
More of a regional beer festival than a Japan-wide event, Tochigi features around 40-50 beers from a handful of small Japanese breweries, plus US imports.
Utsunomiya Orion Square
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Shizuoka
July 27-28
Shizuoka Craft Beer and Whisky Fair 2019
Now in its fifth year, this small local event features a number of seminars as well as tasting opportunities. Last year there were four whisky booths, seven beer booths and four food vendors participating, although the organizers plan to expand it this year, with a venue that's twice as large as last year's.
Shizuoka Granship Great Hall
Price: Y2000 for a book of ten tickets
August
Nagoya
August 10-11 (Sat, Sun)
BeerFes Nagoya 2019
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
Akita
August 17-18
Craft Beer Festival in Akita 2019
There are lots of craft beers and local foods to choose from 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)
Price: TBD
Ichinoseki, Iwate
August 23-25 (Fri 4-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm)
Nationwide Jibiru Festival in Ichinoseki 2019
Now in its twenty-second 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.
Tokyo Hibiya
August 30 - September 8 (Fri-Sun) weekdays 4-10pm, Sat, Sun 11am-10pm
Hibiya Garden 2019 Part Two
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
Kumamoto
August 30 - September 8 (Fri-Sun)
Kyushu Beer Festival 2018 in Kumamoto
Launched in Fukuoka in 2009, this regional beer festival showcases local Kyushu craft breweries but also features plenty of beers from other areas of Japan. Dozens of food booths will be servinig local Kumamoto dishes.
Kumamoto Hanabata Park
Free admission. Beer tickets are Y500 per glass; pay as you go for food.
September
Tokyo Roppongi
September 11-16 (Wednesday - Monday)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2019 Tokyo Roppongi Hills
Running in Tokyo for six days this year, including a three-day weekend, 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 around Y3100 (Y2900 in advance)
Yokohama
September 14-16 (Fri-Sun)
BeerFes Yokohama 2019
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
Fukuoka
September 18-23
Kyushu Beer Festival 2019 in Fukuoka
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.
Tenjin Central Park
Free admission. Beer tickets are Y500 per glass; pay as you go for food.
Kanazawa
September 28-29
Craft Beer Kanazawa 2019
Around 90 different beers from more than a dozen breweries are available for tasting, including a few local brews from Toyama and Ishikawa. Some past participants include Shiga Kogen, North Island, Minami Shinshu, Isekado and Minoh. More than a dozen food stalls serve 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.
Tokyo Aomi
September 28 - October 8 (Sat-Tue)
Odaiba Oktoberfest Fall 2019
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
Ibaraki Tsukuba
October 4-6
Tsukuba Craft Beer Fest 2019
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 Hitachino Nest and Echigo to smaller local producers. Check their website for more up-to-date information.
Tsukuba Center Plaza
Price TBD (admission was Y500 in 2018)
Akita
October 11-14
Akita Oktober 2019
The last of three craft-beer festivals in Akita this year, the event features four locally made craft beers and a number of German imported beers. Like the other local events, this is organized by the Aqula Brewery.
Area Nakaichi
Price: Free admission, pay as you go.
November
Tokyo Nogizaka
November 1-4 (Fri-Mon)
Deutschland Fest 2019
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.
Fall (dates TBD)
Saitama Shintoshin
Dates TBD (usually 5 days in September)
Keyaki Beer Festival Autumn 2019
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
Tokyo Kaigan
Dates TBD (usually one weekend in November)
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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