Love beer and looking for something to do instead of–or in addition to–the Fire and Violence Festival this weekend? Toyama city hosts an annual Tanabata Craft Beer Festa every July, featuring hard-to-find microbrews from all over Japan–including Ishikawa’s own Nihonkai Club! Over 20 breweries from Hokuriku and beyond will be pouring cold ones Saturday and Sunday, so toss your Asahi aside and hop a northbound train!
The festival operates on a ticket system. You pay for a glass, entry, and a set of 5 or 10 tickets in advance at a conbini (details to follow). Should you want more beer, you can add tickets at the event.
Saturday July 7 from 11:30 to 8:30 and Sunday July 8 from 11:30 to 6:30.
Toyama City, Grand Plaza Ferio. (Japanese Address 富山市総曲輪フェリオ横広場)
From Toyama Station
Toyama Streetcar: Loop Line (kanjuu-sen) to Grand Plaza-mae stop. (Japanese: 富山地方鉄道市内電車 環状線
Bus: Maidohaya Bus Chuo Route, Sougawa Doori Toukengai stop. (Japanese: まいどはやバス中央ルート
Walking: 20 minutes from the station.
Cost and Ticketing:
You can purchase tickets from most major combini. Event codes are as follows: Lawson L-code 59432, Circle K and 7-11 P-code 987-746. For Family Mart, use e-plus.
Prices are as follows:
Premium handmade glass plus 10 beer tickets.
Original glass plus 10 tickets.
Original glass plus 5 tickets.
Happy Tanabata everyone, and may all your wishes come true!
Lauren is a second-year ALT in Komatsu. Her tanabata wish last year was for a greater variety of beer in her life. She is an editor of this blog.