Repubrew in Numazu, Shizuoka

Repubrew The Bottom Line Repubrew started out as a craft beer bar that was worth a visit because there wasn’t much in the area. With the recent improvements in its in-house beers, Repubrew has proven itself to be worthy of a visit if you’re remotely in the area. The in-house beers proved to be very tasty and good value for money, …

Hakone Beer in Hakone, Kanagawa

Hakone Beer Front

Hakone Beer The Bottom Line Hakone is better known for its onsens and ryokans in the area, but if you find yourself down in Hakone, then Hakone Beer is worth a visit but because of the distance involved, make sure someone else is driving. The beers are cheap considering its in a relative popular tourist area, has some great views, and …

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Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho in Daimon, Tokyo

Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho

Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho The Bottom Line Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho isn’t a bad place to pick up some beers but there are better, and cheaper, places in the area. With Devilcraft Hamamatsucho and The Lower Right just around the corner from the brewery, it might be worth stopping at Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho for a quick warm-up beer rather than a big session – especially …

Kyoto Beer Lab in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Kyoto Beer Lab Front

Kyoto Beer Lab The Bottom Line It may be off the beaten (tourist) track in Kyoto, but put Kyoto Beer Lab on your list if you’re looking for some reasonably priced craft beer in a great location. The whole place is non-smoking and mostly standing but the chilled out atmosphere, with the babbling brook-like river just outside bringing some cracking views …

29BY in Kannai, Yokohama

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29BY The Bottom Line Craft Meat and Baird Harajuku Taproom both show that with the right prices and menu, you can’t really go wrong with meat and craft beer – if it’s priced right and the servings are good. Perhaps someone should have told 29BY about these two places as it’s hard to recommend the place in its current form. At the …

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Minami Yokohama Beer Labo in Kanazawa Bunko, Kanagawa

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo Front

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo The Bottom Line While the beers at Minami Yokohama Beer Labo were drinkable (more on that later), it’s the cosy atmosphere that I liked more than anything else. It felt like I was sitting in someone’s living room drinking their beer. There was a real mix of clientele – families with young kids, families with teenagers, your …

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Yokosuka Beer in Yokosuka, Kanagawa

Yokosuka Beer Front

Yokosuka Beer The Bottom Line If you’re in the south east Kanagawa area – perhaps on base or visiting – then Yokosuka Beer is worth popping in for a few beers. It’s probably a trek for all but the hardened readers and drinkers of BeerTengoku. While the tap list is not as extensive as Nawlins across the road, the in-house beers are damned …

TK Brewing in Kawasaki, Kanagawa 

TK Brewing The Bottom Line TK Brewing is definitely the better of the two brewpubs in Kawasaki and offers up some excellent beers at reasonable prices. It might be an unusual location – well it did appear to be in a food court in a residential area of Kawasaki – but don’t let that hold you back. If you’re in …

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Zakkoku Micro Brewery in Ogawamachi, Saitama

Zakkoku Micro Brewery Front

Zakkoku Micro Brewery The Bottom Line Zakkoku Micro Brewery is a trek for anyone who doesn’t live in the area – heck, from Omiya itself it’s an hour train journey at best, so from Tokyo it’s about two hours. However, if you’re in the area, then there is no excuse not to go there. The whole bar is non-smoking and …

Hikawa Brewery in Omiya, Saitama

Hikawa Brewery Front

Hikawa Brewery The Bottom Line Hikawa Brewery offers up something needed, but also different, in a city that lacks choices for craft beer. The atmosphere reminded of a British pub – lots of people talking to each other and warm inside. The only downside is the prices, which seemed to be quite high for a brewpub but don’t worry about …