As beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan there are plenty of interesting beers and beer history to discover. Kirin Yokohama Beer Village is one of nine factories of the Japan Kirin Group (Chitose, Sendai, Toride, Yokohama, Nagoya, Shiga, Kobe, Okayama, and Fukuoka). Each factory offers free tours that last around 80 minutes.
A Tour of the Beer Factory
The tour winds its way around parts of the factory, offering views from above through observation windows of various parts of the manufacturing process. As you watch, thousands of cans and bottles of beer go shooting through factory machines at incredibly high speeds! According to the guide, 2000 cans of beer are filled and packed each and every minute. Near the end of the tour, a series of panels of Kirin’s history are on display.
As the tour nears completion you arrive at the “tasting bar”. Here, you receive tickets that you exchange for three glasses of fresh beer—your choice. The selections on tap are “Ichiban-shibori”, “Lager”, and “Stout” (black beer). The beers really hit the spot after walking through the factory.
If you are curious about Japanese beer and how it is manufactured, taking a tour at Kirin Beer Village in Yokohama is a very good experience and a lot of fun. As you also receive three different types of beers for free you might like it so much that you go there everyday!
Kirin Beer Village in Yokohama is a 7-minute walk from Nama-mugi Station on the Keihin-Kyuko line. The tours are given to groups of between two to 100 people every 30 minutes, starting at 10 AM and finishing at 4:30 PM.
Closed: Monday (open if holiday), year end & new year holidays
Namamugi Station: Keihin Kyuko Line