Saitama Oktoberfest

The Saitama Oktoberfest is back in Saitama City for the first time in four years. Actually, the last time it was on, in 2019, they had changed the name to the less popular “Saitama Beer Festa”. Thankfully, they are calling it Oktoberfest again.

Saitama Oktoberfest

In 2023, there are 50 varieties of beer, which is much more than in previous years. They also sell German food including a huge range of wurst and sausages. In addition, you can also buy other food such as spare ribs, nachos and deep fried mozzarella. Moreover, there are live performances, such as dance performances and music from the Alps!

Beer

Pick up on some of the FIFTY+ beers available:

  • Weltenburger Kloster, including an apple brew and a brew exclusive to this event
  • Maisel & friends
  • Weihenstephan
  • Ayinger, including a peach flavor brew
  • Urbinaut
  • Gorilla IPA
  • The Cat’s Meow
  • Hikawa Brewery

They also have some wine and cocktails on sale and you can purchase soft drinks and hot beverages too.

Information

Event: Saitama Oktoberfest さいたまオクトーバーフェスト

Date: Friday September 22nd to Sunday October 1st 2023.

Time: from 4 pm to 10 pm on weekdays and from 11 am to 10 pm on weekends and public holidays.

Cost: there is no admission fee and no charge for seats. Beer costs on average 1200 yen for a glass.

Venue: Kanezuka Park, Omiya Station West Exit, 〒330-0854 Saitama, Omiya Ward, Sakuragicho, 1 Chome−7−8. View on Google Maps.

Access

The beer festival takes place in Kanezuka park which is a two minute walk from the West exit of JR and Tobu Omiya Station. The organizers request that you do not drive to the festival. Even if you aren’t planning to drink alcohol, there is no parking at the site for this event.

Official website


This is one of two beer festivals in Saitama City in September. The other is the Keyaki Hiroba Autumn beer festival. You will find even more seasonal events in the Saitama event pages.

In the area:

Multipurpose Omiya Park and Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore.

The very excellent Omiya Railway Station worth a visit even if you aren’t that into trains.

For people with small kids (preschoolers), Kidzooona (yes it has 3 “o”s) is well worth a visit too.

Lots on photos from the festival in 2018, on the International Exchange blog:

https://kokusai-koryu.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2019-07-26

The information was up to date and accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of publishing. Please note, that like all events, there maybe changes made closer to the time. Also, if there is a typhoon or other unforeseen circumstances, there is a chance this event will be postponed, shortened or even cancelled.

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