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Beer events 2024
April
Fukuoka
April 17-21 (Wed-Sun); weekdays 4-10pm; Saturdays 11am-9pm; Sundays 11am-8pm
Belgian Beer Weekend 2024 Fukuoka
The Fukuoka event is back after a break of a few years, for a five-day run in the park in front of City Hall. Fifty-two Belgian breweries are promised for the event this year.
Fureai Park (in front of City Hall)
Price: Y3,750 for a ticket starter set, which includes ten beer/food tokens and a souvenir glass. Beers are generally 3-5 tickets each.
Utsunomiya, Tochigi
April 19-21 (Friday 3-9pm; Saturday 11am-9pm; Sunday 11am-5pm)
Tochigi Craft Beer Festa 2024
More of a regional beer festival than a Japan-wide event, Tochigi features around 40-50 beers from around a dozen small local Japanese breweries, plus US and other international imports.
Light Cube Utsunomiya Koryu Hiroba
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Nagoya
April 25 (Thu) - May 6 (Mon); 11am-10pm; 4/25-26 from 4pm; 5/6 11am-7pm
Belgian Beer Weekend 2024 Nagoya
Over fifty Belgian breweries take part in this event each year, and 12 tons of Belgian fries are consumed at this very festive multi-city event. A grand total of 119 different Belgian beers are promised for the Nagoya leg of the tour this year.
Hisaya Odori Park, Hisaya Plaza - Angel Plaza
Price: Y3,750 for a ticket starter set, which includes ten beer/food tokens and a souvenir glass. Beers are generally 3-5 tickets each.
Yokohama
April 26 (Fri) - May 6 (Mon) (11am-8:30pm last order; from 5pm opening day)
Yokohama Fruhlingsfest 2024
Fruhlingsfest is the German festival to celebrate the coming of spring, and the Yokohama version is a huge local event, now running for more than two decades. There's plenty of German beer, food and music, plus fun and games for kids. (Check the website to confirm dates and times.)
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Event Plaza Red Brick Park
Free admission, pay as you go.
Fukuoka
April 26 (Fri) - May 6 (Mon) (11am-9pm; 4/26 from 5pm; 5/6 until 7pm)
Beers of Japan Festival 2024 Fukuoka
Kyushu's biggest craft beer festival is running for eleven days over the Golden Week holiday this year, with participating breweries from all over Japan. Check the website for more details as the date approaches.
LaLaPort Fukuoka Oval Park
Beer tickets are Y700 each, or ten for Y6,300; you can also use PayPay to pay directly at beer booths.
Tokyo Aomi
April 26 (Fri) - May 6 (Mon) (11am-9:30pm, last order 9pm; 4/26 from 4pm)
Odaiba Oktoberfest Spring 2024
One of Tokyo's several multi-day Oktoberfest events, this very popular outdoor event offers German beer, food from all over, and a diverse program of live music.
Cymbal Promenade Park Central Square
Price: Y500 admission, pay as you go
Fukuoka
April 29 (Mon) - May 5 (Sun) (11am-9pm, 5/5 until 6pm)
Kyushu Craft Beer Week 2024
Around a dozen breweries from all over Kyushu will be serving beers at this long-running local beer festival, now in its fourteenth year. There's plenty of food as well, including charcoal-grilled Miyazaki chicken and skewers of pork and beef.
Fukuoka Tenjin Central Park
Free admission, pay as you go
May
Oita
May 2-6 (Thu-Mon) (11am-9pm; 5/2 from 5pm; 5/6 until 6pm)
Beers of Japan Festival 2024 Oita
This is the second session of Kyushu's biggest craft beer festival, held in the city of Oita. Breweries from around the country will be represented, along with local food vendors. Check the website for more details as the date approaches.
Oita Station North Exit Plaza (Kanamemachi 1-1)
Free admission, pay as you go.
Yokohama
May 16-19 (Thu-Sun); Thursday 4-9pm; Friday, Saturday 11am-9pm; Sunday 11am-8pm; last order 30 minutes before closing.
Belgian Beer Weekend 2024 Yokohama
Running since 2010, this lively multi-city event has attracted more than 1.5 million visitors and is one of Japan's leading outdoor events. You can sample 88 Belgian beers along with a diverse food menu during this four-day run in Yamashita Park.
Yamashita Park
Price: Y3,750 for a ticket starter set, which includes ten beer/food tokens and a souvenir glass. Beers are generally 3-5 tickets each.
Tokyo Shiba
May 17-26 (Fri-Sun) (weekdays 3-10pm; Sat, Sun, holidays 11am-9:30pm last order)
Shiba Oktoberfest Spring 2024
The second of several multi-day Oktoberfest events for 2024, this very popular outdoor event offers German beer, food from all over, and a diverse program of live music.
Shiba Park Block 4 (in front of Onarimon Station exit A6)
Price: Y500 admission, pay as you go
Saitama Shintoshin
May 22-26 (Wed 4-9pm; Thu-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-8pm)
Keyaki Beer Festival Spring 2024
This major beer festival features around 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, at least when it is held outdoors (which it will be this time around).
Keyaki Hiroba
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Osaka
May 22-26 (Wed-Sun); weekdays 4-10pm; Saturdays 11am-9pm; Sundays 11am-8pm
Belgian Beer Weekend 2024 Osaka
Dozens of Belgian breweries take part each year at this very festive multi-city event, and 75 different beers are promised. There's also food, music and other live entertainment.
Osaka Nakanoshima Park (in front of Osaka City Central Public Hall)
Price: Y3,750 for a ticket starter set, which includes ten beer/food tokens and a souvenir glass. Beers are generally 3-5 tickets each.
Okayama
May 24-26 (Fri 5-9pm; Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-5:30pm)
Okayama Beer Festa
Around a dozen craft brewers from around the country, including a strong contingent from Okayama, are participating in this local, but Hawaiian-themed, beer festival.
Shimoishi Park
TBA
Shizuoka
May 25-26 (Sat, Sun 11am-5pm)
Shizuoka Craft Beer and Whisky Fair 2024
Now in its eighth year, this popular local event features a number of seminars as well as tasting opportunities. At last year's event nineteen craft-beer booths and ten craft-whiskey booths served more than 5,200 visitors over the course of the weekend. Nineteen food trucks and food stands were also on hand.
Tokiwa Park
Price: Free admission, purchase tickets to buy food and drink.
Osaka
May 25-26 (Sat noon-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm)
Craft Beer Live 2024
With fifty breweries serving around 220 beers, this is one of Osaka's major beer events, focusing on Kansai breweries large and small. Local bars and restaurants will be running food booths and there will be live music and performances onstage.
Osaka Nanko Area ATC Piloti Square (2-1-10 Nankokita, Suminoe-ku, Osaka)
Admission is free, but advance ticket buyers will gain entrance to the venue one hour early. Check the website for details.
June
Tokyo Ebisu
June 8-9 (Sat, Sun)
BeerFes Tokyo 2024
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
July
Sapporo
July 6-7 (Sat, Sun noon-6pm)
Sapporo Craft Beer Forest
Now in its ninth season, this popular national beer event is held at a ski resort just 20 minutes from central Sapporo. Last year there were more than 100 beers available from breweries throughout the country, along with food from local restaurants and live music.
Sapporo Bankei Ski Area
Last year one-day ticket books for five beers were Y4,000, with additional tickets sold on-site. Check the website for this year's information.
Ibaraki Tsukuba
July 19-21 (Fri 3-9pm; Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-5pm last order)
Tsukuba Craft Beer Fest 2024
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 the past)
August
Nagoya
August 10-11 (Sat, Sun)
BeerFes Nagoya 2024
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 Shirotori Hall
Ticket price TBA
Ichinoseki, Iwate
August 23-25 (Fri 4-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm)
Nationwide Jibiru Festival in Ichinoseki 2024
Now in its twenty-seventh year, this indoor-outdoor festival features local foods as well as craft beers from around Japan. This year they promise more than 100 different beers from local breweries as well as local foods.
Ichinoseki Cultural Center
Price: They use a ticket book system; price TBA.
September
Tokyo Roppongi
September 12-16 (Thursday - Monday)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2024 Tokyo Roppongi Hills
Running in Tokyo for five 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: Y3,750 for a ticket starter set, which includes ten beer/food tokens and a souvenir glass. Beers are generally 3-5 tickets each.
Tokyo Shiba
September 13-23 (Fri-Mon)
Shiba Oktoberfest Autumn 2024
The autumn edition of Tokyo's Shiba Oktoberfest features German beer, food from all over, and a diverse program of live music.
Shiba Park Block 4
Price: Y500 admission, pay as you go
Yokohama
September 21-23 (Sat-Mon)
BeerFes Yokohama 2024
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
November
Tokyo Aoyama
November 1-4 (Friday-Monday)
Deutschlandfest 2024
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.
December
Tokyo Shinjuku
December 11-15 (Wed-Sun)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2024 Shinjuku "Christmas Edition"
The early-winter edition of this popular Belgian beer event is held indoors, under the attractive dome of the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building in Nishi-Shinjuku. This is the biggest and most popular Belgian beer festival in Japan, featuring beers from dozens of breweries and a wide selection of food.
Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Triangle Square
Price: Ticket books are Y3,750, or Y3,500 with advance purchase.
More in 2024
Keep checking this page later in 2024 for more beer events as they are announced.
Expected events include Kofu Beer Festival (July); Nasu Beer Festival (August); Craft Beer Holiday Osaka (October); and Tokushima Craft Beer Festival (November).
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