We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Japan loves beer. So it’s no surprise there’s an Oktoberfest festival happening somewhere at any point in the year. But what about actually IN October? Well, yeah, we got those covered.
Greater Tokyo is awash in the amber goodness throughout the beginning of autumn, and here’s a guide to get you started on where you can down all the lager, ale and pilsner brews you can think of this season.
Odaiba Oktoberfest 2018
Literally over the Rainbow (Bridge that is) lies Odaiba, home to many amusement, exhibition, shopping, and dining venues. So it should come as no surprise one of the longest-running Oktoberfest events has been here for many years. Over the course of one week and book-ended by two weekends, you can sample beers from 9 different stands, and stuff yourself full of sausage and kraut while your ears are treated to the tunes of German neo-folk band Almpower, straight from Munich.
Sep 28, 2018~Oct 8, 2018
Yurikamome Line, Daiba Station [U07]
Rinkai Line, Tokyo Teleport Station [R04]
Oedo Beer Festival 2018
If you’re looking for some local flavors in the literal sense, then head on over to the Konan District just east of Shinagawa Station during the first week of October, and you’ll be able to check out beers from Devil Craft, Hitachino, Yakurai, Rokko and more. Plus it’s literally across the water from the other festival above so maybe you can pull a 2-for-1? Sure you can.
Oct 4~8, 2018
JR, Keikyu Lines, Shinagawa Station]
Yokohama Oktoberfest 2018
You say you want to not only drink German beer but have a bit of German scenery as well, huh? Well, we can accommodate you, but you’ll need to head 30 minutes south from central Tokyo to Japan’s Second City, Yokohama. It’s home to the Red Brick Warehouse, a historical landmark built by German architects in the first part of the last century as a vast storehouse for nearby ports.
Nowadays it hosts shops, eateries and outdoor concerts and festivals including Yokohama’s own Oktoberfest. Being the 15th anniversary, they are inviting all residents of Yokohama in for free on Wednesday, October 3rd, so remember to tote some ID if this fits your profile!
Sep 28, 2018 – Oct 14, 2018
M~F Noon~9:30pm (Except Fri 9/28; 3pm start.)
Sat,Sun, Holidays 11:00am~9:30pm
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Minato-Mirai Line, Nihon Odori Station [MM05]
– By Jason L. Gatewood