Combine edification and tasty beer with a trip to the Kirin brewery in Yokohama. The 40-minute guided tour takes visitors through the entire brewing and bottling process, including a display about the history of Kirin and beer in Japan.
You also get to sample beer at various stages in the brewing process, and after the tour is over, you’ll have 20 minutes to sit and sample the brews. Kirin Beer Village also boasts a pub, restaurant and beer garden (open from June).
Brewery tours leave every 30 minutes and reservations are recommended. Guidance is Japanese only, but brochures are available in English, Chinese and Korean.
Stop by May 2 for live performances by local rock band Churu-Chuw at noon and 2 p.m.
Free. 1-17-1 Namamugi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama. Open Tue-Sun, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Mon. Tel: 045-503-8250. Nearest stn: Namamugi.© Courtesy of Metropolis magazine