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Beer events 2020
September
Niigata
August 28 - September 6
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
Tokyo Hibiya
September 3-6
[CANCELED] Belgian Beer Weekend 2020 Hibiya Park
Replacing the 10-day Roppongi gathering this year, Japan's biggest Belgian beer festival will be running over a four-day period in early September in Hibiya Park. 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.
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
Kanazawa
September 28-29
[CANCELED] 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.
Saitama Shintoshin
(usually 5 days in September)
[CANCELED] 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
October
Ibaraki Tsukuba
October 2-4
[CANCELED] 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 2019)
November
Tokyo Nogizaka
(usually early November)
[CANCELED] 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
(usually one weekend in November)
[PENDING] 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.
Fall (dates TBD)
Osaka Castle Park
Dates TBD (usually early October)
[CANCELED] 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
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