Craft Stand in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

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Craft Stand The Bottom Line In all of the bars I went to in Kyoto for the #BTinKyoto trip, none of them had as good as an atmosphere as Craft Stand did. It’s located in an unusual area of Kyoto that is neither in the tourist area or the main shopping area, but it is highly recommended. Serving only beers from …

iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

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iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki The Bottom Line iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki suffers from the same problems the branches in Shibuya and Futakotamagawa do – the beer menu is pretty run of the mill and can be had for cheaper in other places. If you’re in the area for some shopping then it isn’t a bad place to be, …


Zakkoku Micro Brewery in Ogawamachi, Saitama

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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 …

Minoh Beer Warehouse in Minoh, Osaka

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Minoh Beer Warehouse The Bottom Line When in Rome and all… If you’re in Osaka with a few hours to spare and looking for beer then you should make the effort to get to Minoh Beer Warehouse. It offers up cheap Minoh beer on tap, in a nice cost friendly neighbourhood atmosphere where you can sit and while the hours away. …

Pitman’s in Kiyosumi, Tokyo

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Pitman’s The Bottom Line Pitman’s has the potential to do well – nice outside drinking area, non-smoking, plenty of decent food on the menu, and some good beers from August Beer Club, as well as in-house brewery too – but at the time of writing, it’s hard to recommend it due to the weird opening hours and not always having …


Tap x Tap in Kanda, Tokyo

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Tap x Tap The Bottom Line Tap x Tap is good little find in the back streets of Kanda, though with the recent opening of Craft Beer Market Kanda encroaching in on its area, it’s going to be tough to see how it succeeds as it is no longer the cheapest craft beer bar in the area. However, the atmosphere …

Hitachino Nest Brewing Lab Tokyo Station in Tokyo

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Hitachino Nest Brewing Lab Tokyo Station The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a quick beer near Tokyo Station, or if you’re fan of Hitachino Nest, then there isn’t much better place to go than Hitachino Nest Brewing Lab Tokyo Station. However, if you’re looking for variety, then you’ll need to carry on walking a bit. It isn’t the most exciting …

Roti’s House Harvestmoon in Urayasu, Chiba

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Roti’s House Harvestmoon One Paragraph Review If you want to try the Harvestmoon range of beers on tap, then there is no better place than at the source, so combine the Disneyland day with a few craft beers. However, and there is always a however, it’s not really worth the trip if you have to come a long way. The beers …

Craft Beer Kitchen Jiyugaoka in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

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Craft Beer Kitchen Jiyugaoka One Paragraph Review If you want some cheap midday beers and only if you’re in the area, Craft Beer Kitchen Jiyugaoka is a reasonable choice, though make sure you’ve eaten beforehand. The beers weren’t served in the best condition I went, with them being rather on the flat side; however, there is a wide choice available so …


Beer Brain in Omotesando, Tokyo

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Beer Brain The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a no-frills bar with cheap beer in Tokyo, then Beer Brain is right up your street – if you don’t mind the walk from Harajuku or Omotoesando station. The beers are cold and cheap – perhaps the cheapest we’ve seen in Tokyo – and the prices include tax. There is no table charge as …