Drink Sapporo Beer at the Best Japan Festival Ever!
Sapporo Beer! A month long drinking session in the beautiful Odori park bang smack in the heart of the city.
Asahi beer, Kirin beer, Suntory beer, they are all here! Everyday from early afternoon until about 10pm.
This is definitely my favourite festival of the year I have always had a great time drinking in hte summer heat and meeting many a drunk Japanese person. It never ceases to amaze me how civilized and friendly the people are. There is no security, no trouble and it feels very safe. If this kind of drinking festival were to be held in my home country of England, all hell would break loose!
Make sure to head to the Kirin block where they have the infamous 'Bikuri Tower'('surprise tower') a 4 feet tall, 3 litre pitcher of beer!
The festival kicks off in the middle of July until the middle of August.
You can fly there in two hours by plane from Tokyo, Haneda Airport, and there are direct internal flights from most major Japanese cities to Sapporo, Chitose Airport.
Flight tickets range from 8000-15000 JPY one-way.
From Chitose Airport take a JR train direct to Sapporo in under an hour.
JR train tickets are about 1000 JPY one-way.
There are also overnight sleeper trains from Tokyo and Osaka which depart daily.
Sapporo can also be reached by day on the train.
The journey of just over 700 miles takes approximately 10-12 hours with a single change at Hachinohe in northern Honshu.
I definitely recommend flying. Its much cheaper and faster.
Please DO NOT get the festival confused with the
The Beer Garten is a Sapporo restaurant where they serve genghis khan(barbecued meat) accompanied by beer, of course.