The bi-annual Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival had been cancelled since the pandemic began. It is one of Saitama Shintoshin’s most popular events in both spring and autumn. However, in 2020 although the spring festival was initially scheduled, then postponed until summer, it was ultimately cancelled due to the pandemic. And since then neither the spring nor the autumn event has been able to go ahead. However, in 2022, they are currently planning to have both the spring and autumn beer festivals. Moreover, the organizers have already set dates for the spring Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival. Update May 8th: all tickets now sold out. Alternative ideas for this weekend in Saitama here.
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.
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. However, at this moment in time, there is no mention of a kids zone in 2022. Also, please note that this is an extremely popular event. Thus, it is usually very crowded. They are limiting the number of people who can enter, hence the advance sales of entry tickets, but if its anything like the sweet potato festival, it will still be very crowded.
Spring Festival Dates and Times
May 12th to 15th. Tickets go on sale from April 18th. Get in quick; this event is incredibly popular. Update May 8th: all tickets are now sold out.
Thursday May 12th from 4 pm to 9.30 pm
Friday May 13th and Saturday 14th: 11 am to 9.30 pm
Sunday May 15th: 11 am to 7 pm
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 April 11th 2022, previous republish September 1st 2016.