Enjoy a pint of craft beer in Sanjo Shopping Arcade at the biggest craft beer festival in western Japan, Craft Beer Festa Kyoto
Every year in May, a craft beer festival where you can taste craft beers from all over Japan is held in Sanjo Shopping Street. In the shopping street with the longest arcade in Kyoto, Sanjo Shopping Arcade, there will be booths by breweries from all over Japan, each with their unique taste. Of course, the shops and restaurants of the shopping street will also sell their food and snacks to go with the beer. At this event, the beer aficionados can choose from around 100 types of beer, so it is possible to drink both the famous and the not so well known craft beers both at this event.
Craft beer from all over Japan
At the Craft Beer Festa there are booths by breweries from all over Japan, and for the popular ones you may have to wait around 10 minutes to get your beer. All the beers bring out the unique flavors of the place they were brewed in, so I am sure you will find something you like.
Craft Beer Festa beer glass
You can also buy a Craft Beer Festa beer glass at the event. Normally beer at the event is poured into plastic cups, but if you get this cup you can get beer poured into it, plus you get more beer than you would with the plastic cup, so for those who want to drink a lot this is a must. The design of this cute glass changes every year, and it makes a nice memento. The glasses are sold at 400 yen a piece but can also be exchanged for a beer ticket.
Drink beer by a table
At the festival, they have tables so you can drink your beer and eat snacks at your own pace. How about having some beer and enjoying a conversation?
Enjoy live music and performances
In the middle of the shopping street, you can find the Sanjo Omiya Park where you can enjoy live music and performances. How about enjoying live music with a pint of beer?
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Craft Beer Festa Kyoto / 地ビール祭り
|Address||1-1 Imashinzaikenishicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8801|
|Directions||A 10-minute walk from both Hankyu Omiya and JR Nijo stations. A 3-minute walk from subway Tozai line Nijojo-mae Station|
|Event time||12:00 to 18:00 p.m. (The tickets and glasses will go on sale from 11:30 a.m.)|
|Cancellations||Not canceled in case of rain.|
Same-day tickets: one ticket 400 yen. Advance tickets: 6 tickets for 2000 yen. *The advance tickets can be bought at certain shops and at the website (check the official website for more details).
|Credit cards||Cannot be used on the day of the event, but can be used on the website selling when buying advance tickets.|
The beers are bought with tickets so you don’t need to worry about the language barrier. Many visitors from overseas participate in this event every year.
|Lanuages spoken||Some of the staff can speak English.|