World Beer Terminal Kaen The Bottom Line
I was pleasantly surprised with World Beer Terminal Kaen – it had everything I wanted in a bar, and I would happily go back there again, just to sit on the huge balcony area and enjoy the sun setting down in the distance. The beers made by Diamond Brewing, the brewery for World Beer Terminal Kaen, were also a good surprise too. The whole place is non-smoking and has free Wifi along with no table charges. Moreover, with the beer flight also proving great value for money, you can easily spend a good few hours here – as I did – without getting bored of the excellent variety on tap. There is plenty of English on the menu as well as World Beer Terminal Kaen having English-speaking staff, and those vegetarians among you will also be happy to here that there are also plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices too to eat. All-in-all, a great little find on our travels around Kumamoto.
World Beer Terminal Kaen The Full Review
For a belated birthday bash, I wanted some beers. Somewhere with a nice view, somewhere to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather Kumamoto was having, and just relax. World Beer Terminal Kaen appeared on our map and also some searches for having a seating area outside, though I was suspect about their beers. I had read some reviews about the place being a bit offish and pricey, and to try some of the other places in Kumamoto, but I wasn’t going to be dissuaded so easily! I wanted my beers and I wanted my patio seating too!
World Beer Terminal Kaen is located a few minutes away from Kumamoto Castle, and the nearest station to it is Torichosuji on the Kumamoto City Tram system. It can be a little hard to find as the entrance is a tad inconspicuous with just a small sign outside the front door giving on the merest of hints. Make sure you do take a look at the map below before you go and you should be fine once you find the building. When you do get inside, don’t be alarmed by the small entrance – World Beer Terminal Kaen opens up with a huge outside wood deck that is covered in the winter to allow people to keep warm under the space heaters, or cool with the breeze in the spring and summer. There is so much space that there are over 100 seats – I gave up counting after the third beer – with the majority of the seating being outside. The whole place is non-smoking, has no table charge, and also free WiFi too.
In terms of beer, despite the name, World Beer Terminal Kaen heavily leans towards domestic beers, with the majority of those being from their brewpub operation, Brewery Kaen / Diamond Brewing. Beers come in two sizes – regular (240ml) from ¥600 and full (473ml) from ¥900 for a total of 12 taps of beer. Prices include tax, which makes World Beer Terminal Kaen one of the cheapest places to drink in Kumamoto. There is also a beer flight option which gets you any three regular size beers plus a snack for ¥1,800. It was supposedly for standing only but I was seated and managed to order it without any issue. The beers are also well-served without too much head and in well-cleaned glasses too. I didn’t notice any happy hour nor any takeaway option on the menus though.
There is a comprehensive menu as well at World Beer Terminal Kaen with a wide variety of cuisines covered as well as plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. All of the menus have enough English on there for people to order, and the shop staff also spoke English too to help things go smoothly.
World Beer Terminal Kaen Details
Open: Monday to Thursday 17:00 to 0:00 (L.O Food 23:00 Drink 23:30) Fridays, Weekend, Holidays 15:00 to 0:00 (L.O Food 23:00 Drink 23:30)
Happy Hour: N/A
Homepage (in Japanese): N/A
How to Get to World Beer Terminal Kaen
The closest station to World Beer Terminal Kaen is Torichosuji on the Kumamoto City Tram system.