So, what’s hot (no pun intended) this summer, as far as beer gardens in the Kansai region go? This year sees the return of a few old favourites as well as the emergence of a number of new contenders to the crown.
June 3, 2017
My recent trip to Sapporo in Hokkaido left me in a state of wondrous high, desperately trying to cling to any memory made from the trip. So here is my recommendation for five magical winter days in Sapporo.
February 1, 2017
For in truth, the traditional Japanese izakaya is neither a bar nor a restaurant, but perhaps best described as somewhere in-between.
October 22, 2016
Sometimes its something as basic as a cup of coffee brewed just the way they like it. Other times it can be simple food items, and sometimes it can be something much more complex. So join me today as we look at the top 5 items that you can only get in Japan, and the Japanese themselves can’t live without.
September 10, 2016
With so many fireworks festivals, it may be difficult to decide on which one to go to. My recommendation is the Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival held right near the harbor of Yokohama. There are so many ways to enjoy this beautiful festival—below are 4 extra unique ways to get the best out of the event.
July 27, 2016
As these sunnier times come into focus and the deluge of the mid-June rainy season subsides, we are once again left to ponder how best to enjoy the rather clement weather while it is still here. For many people in Osaka, it comes down to one of 3 choices: the beach, the beer garden or the barbecue.
July 20, 2016
Stuck in the middle of tourist hotspots such as Tokyo station, Ginza, and Akihabara, it would be easy to overlook Kanda (神田). This part of the town never makes it onto the lists of top ten things to do in Tokyo. Ever heard of it?
July 18, 2016
Japan has recently experienced a boom in craft beers over the past few years as a result of a law-change that made it easier to produce beer on a smaller scale. Anyway, the title of this article is ‘Japan’s Strangest Beers’, so here is a list of five interesting beers that the country has produced in the last few years – some good, some bad!
June 25, 2016
It’s that time of year again folks. Time to put your dieting drive and your alcohol abstinence to one side and enjoy a few cold ones with friend again under the hot summer sun. Beer Garden season has returned to Japan once again.
June 1, 2016
If you want to have a great weekend of skiing or snowboard followed up by some quality beer drinking, I highly recommend you find yourself in the Nagano prefecture of Japan on the 19th and 20th of March. You will definitely want to experience the great time that can be had at the Snow Monkey Beer Live.
March 23, 2016
It's no secret that Japan likes its beer, and anyone who has visited has surely spent some time with an Asahi Super Dry in an izakaya or a Sapporo Black Label from a 7/11. Drinking beer is something of a national pastime here, whether it's outdoors in the spring for cherry-blossom season, walking around at a festival, or at a 2-hour all-you-can-drink restaurant for end-of-the-year parties.
February 9, 2016
In Japan, we’ve always had seasonal festivals. Not wanting to be left out, Japan’s various breweries have in recent years sought to make the most of the changing weather. Yes, my friends, beer in Japan is now seasonal!
October 2, 2015