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Beer events 2020
May
Yokohama
May 21-24 (Thu-Sun)
[CANCELED] Belgian Beer Weekend 2020 Yokohama
Now in its eleventh 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: Y2950 for a book of food and beer tickets, available from Family Mart on onsite.
Osaka
May 30-31 (Saturday noon-8pm; Sunday 11am-6pm)
[CANCELED] Craft Beer Live 2020
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
Beer tickets are Y450 each, and each ticket can be used to purchase a 210ml glass of beer.
Spring (dates TBD)
Yokohama
Dates TBD (usually 11 days in late April and early May)
[CANCELED] Yokohama Frulingsfest 2020
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.
Akita
Dates TBD (usually early June)
Tohoku Jibiru Festival in Akita 2020
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.
Niigata
Dates TBD (usually late June)
[POSTPONED] 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.
Bandajima Hiroba
Price: Y4000 for a book of 8 tickets
June
Saitama Shintoshin
June 3-7 (Wed 4-9pm; Thu-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-8pm)
[CANCELED] Keyaki Beer Festival Spring 2020
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 Hibiya
June 5-14 (Mon-Fri 4-10pm; Sat 11am-10pm; June 14 11am-9pm; times listed are for last order)
Hibiya Garden 2020 Part One
Billed as Japan's largest beer garden, this big outdoor party is now in its fourth 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
Tokyo Ebisu
June 6-7
BeerFes Tokyo 2020
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 Y5200 (Y4800 in advance)
Okinawa Naha
June 12-14
BeerFes Okinawa 2020
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 25-28 (Thursday-Sunday)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2020 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: Y2950 for a book of food and beer tickets, available from Family Mart on onsite.
July
Utsunomiya, Tochigi
July 4-5
Tochigi Craft Beer Festa 2020 Part One (Romantic Village)
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. This year the festival will be held over two consecutive weekends, in different locations.
Utsunomiya Romantic Village (check website to confirm location)
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Osaka
July 10-12 (Fri-Sun)
BeerFes Osaka 2020
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 11-12
Tochigi Craft Beer Festa 2020 Part Two (Banba St)
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. This year the festival will be held over two consecutive weekends, in different locations.
Utsunomiya Banba St. (check website for exact location)
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
August
Nagoya
August (date TBD; postponed from April)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2020 Nagoya
Thanks to the Golden Week holiday, this edition of Belgian Beer Weekend will run for a full two weeks! 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: Y2950 for a book of food and beer tickets, available from Family Mart on onsite.
Nagoya
August 8-9 (Sat, Sun)
BeerFes Nagoya 2020
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
Shizuoka
August 29-30 (11am-5pm)
Shizuoka Craft Beer and Whisky Fair 2020
Now in its sixth year, this small local event features a number of seminars as well as tasting opportunities. This year there will be five whisky booths, five beer booths and a number of food vendors participating.
Shizuoka Granship Great Hall
Price: Y2000 for a book of ten tickets
Summer (dates TBD)
Ichinoseki, Iwate
Dates TBD (usually late August)
Nationwide Jibiru Festival in Ichinoseki 2020
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
Dates TBD (usually late August)
Hibiya Garden 2020 Part Two
Billed as Japan's largest beer garden, this big outdoor party is now in its fourth 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
September
Osaka
September (date TBD, postponed from June)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2020 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: Y2950 for a book of food and beer tickets, available from Family Mart on onsite.
Yokohama
September 12-13
BeerFes Yokohama 2020
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
Tokyo Roppongi
September 17-22 (Thursday - Tuesday)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2020 Tokyo Roppongi Hills
Running in Tokyo for six days this year, including a four-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: Y2950 for a book of food and beer tickets, available from Family Mart on onsite.
Fall (dates TBD)
Saitama Shintoshin
Dates TBD (usually 5 days in September)
Keyaki Beer Festival Autumn 2020
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
Kanazawa
Dates TBD (usually late September)
Craft Beer Kanazawa 2020
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.
Ibaraki Tsukuba
Dates TBD (usually early October)
Tsukuba Craft Beer Fest 2020
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)
Osaka Castle Park
Dates TBD (usually early October)
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
[2019 prices:] Y3400 for 7 food and drink tickets plus original glass (Y3000 in advance); Y1000 for 3 tickets
Tokyo Nogizaka
Dates TBD (usually early November)
Deutschland Fest 2020
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
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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