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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kanto - Kanagawa - Yokohama
Kirin Beer Village
# 8   of 11 most visited
sights in Yokohama

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The Kirin Brewery Company, one of Japan's four leading beer breweries, was founded in Yokohama, a city that played a leading role in Japan's adoption of beer from the West. The Kirin Beer Village is a part of Kirin's Yokohama breweries that is open to the public. The main attraction of the Beer Village are the free brewery tours, which offer a glimpse into the brewing facilities and some beer tasting.

Brewery tours last one hour and lead along a gallery with displays regarding the history of beer and Kirin and with views of fermentation tanks and the canning and bottling areas. Tours are usually conducted in Japanese, but an English guide may also be available. The last twenty minutes of the tour consist of a free tasting, where visitors are given a couple of beers and some snacks.

Kirin has a long history that is closely tied to the history of beer in Japan. After the opening of the country to foreign trade, beer began to thrive in Japan in the beginning of the Meiji Period (1868-1912), and particularly so in the international port city of Yokohama. The Kirin Brewery Company itself was established in 1907, when two of the country's first breweries decided to unite their operations.

Beer tasting at the end of the tour

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How to get there
The Kirin Beer Village is located a ten minute walk south of Namamugi Station on the Keikyu Main Line (20 minutes, 280 yen from Shinagawa or 13 minutes, 160 yen from Yokohama). Alternatively, it can be reached in a 15 minute walk from JR Shin-Koyasu Station on the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line (20 minutes, 290 yen from Shinagawa or 6 minutes, 160 yen from Yokohama).

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Hours and Fees
Brewery tours are free of charge and are conducted every hour between 10:30 and 15:30, except on Mondays (if Monday is a national holiday, tours are conducted and the following day is taken off instead). From April to November, tours are also offered on the first and third Monday of each month. Reservations should be made beforehand by phone (045-503-8250).

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English Links
Kirin Holdings Company
Official global website.

Japanese Links
Kirin Beer Village
Official website.

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