Both the spring and autumn versions of the bi-annual Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. However, in spring 2022 the event came back with a vengeance, much to the delight of all and sundry. Because this is one of the most popular and most successful annual events at Saitama Shintoshin each year.
However, one big change with the return of the Keyaki Beer Festival “with Covid” is that you need to buy a ticket in advance. Tickets will go on sale on August 22nd. For the spring version there were no tickets on the door. Moreover, the advance tickets sold out within days of going on sale. It is expected that it will be the same for the autumn version. Officially, they say that if there are tickets left after the advance sales closes, they will sell them at the door. But the reality is, that it is highly unlikely there will be any tickets left.
There are a couple of other changes to the festival during this period “with Covid”, they are outlined below.
Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival
For those that live in the area this festival needs no introduction, being one of the biggest annual events in Saitama Super Arena. Among its bragging rights is that it has the largest selection of craft beer of any beer festival in Japan. And it is normally more than just a beer festival, with live entertainment and additional events. They also have a good choice of food, including lots of meat dishes and even international gourmet. Since the festival started back up in 2022, many elements of the ‘normal’ event are missing, such as live entertainment.
The premises are free to enter, but you need to pay for food and drink and some of the scheduled events. While this one is really for the adults, they usually have attractions and activities for children too. Unfortunately, there will be no ‘kids zone’ in 2022. Moreover, a child will be counted as an adult as will a pushchair / buggy / pram.
Some more changes
Please note that this is an extremely popular event. Thus, it is usually very crowded. Therefore, they introduced the advance sales of entry tickets, as a way to keep numbers down. However, despite this, and just like the sweet potato festival, it was still very busy for the spring version. For the Autumn version, they’ve introduced even more changes. For example, each email address can only book up to three tickets. But a ticket can have up to four seats on it – they sell a one person / seat ticket, a three seat ticket or – the largest – a four seat ticket.
In addition, the days have been split into sessions. You need to arrive at the time of your ticket. Some of the time slots are for 2.5 hours, some are for 2 hours and there are a few that are for 3 hours. The cost of the ticket will depend on the date and length of the session you are booking and for how many people the table is for.
Autumn 2022 Information
Festival dates: from Thursday September 15th to Monday September 19th (each ticket is for either 2 or 2.5 or 3 hours within those dates and following times)
- Thursday – from 4 to 9.30 pm
- Friday 16th to Sunday 18th – from 11 am to 9.30 pm
- Monday 19th – from 11 am to 7 pm
Cost: it depends on the time and date. The prices start from 1900 yen for a one person table to 5600 yen for a four person table. For that, you get some vouchers from which you can buy beer.
Access Saitama Shintoshin
The festival is on in the Keyaki Hiroba of Tamaari Town aka Saitama Shintoshin. (They tried to re-market the area as Tamaari town around 2 or 3 years ago, but it didn’t really stick! It is rarely called Tamaari town, most locals still call it Saitama Shintoshin!) Saitama Super Arena is one part of Saitama Shintoshin. Thus, sometimes they call the area Saitama Super Arena.
Address: 10 Shintoshin, Chuo Ward, Saitama, 330-0081. Phone: 0486011122
Saitama Shintoshin Tamaari town is a 2 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about a 7 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station and there is parking available. However, the car parks are often crowded and costs 400 yen for the first hour and 200 yen for every subsequent hour.
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event/keyaki-autumn-beer-festival-saitama/ + event/spring-beer-festival-keyaki Last republish August 13th 2022, previous: April 11th 2022, September 1st 2016.