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Yebisu Beer Museum: visit the tasting room, take a tour, and learn about Japan's oldest brewery

Yebisu Beer Museum: visit the tasting room, take a tour, and learn about Japan's oldest brewery

Yebisu, the Japanese God of Luck and mascot of Yebisu Beer

Yebisu, the Japanese God of Luck and mascot of Yebisu Beer

So I’m a big fan of beer. Whenever I’m traveling, I like to visit a brewery whenever I can.

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When you are in Tokyo, Japan, don’t miss the FREE Museum of Yebisu Beer, where you can learn all about Japan’s oldest brewery, take an informative tour, and try several varieties in the tasting salon.

Yebisu Beer is Japan’s oldest brewery. It was founded in Tokyo’s Ebisu neighborhood (the neighborhood was named after the brewery, and the brewery was named after the Japanese god of luck) in 1890. The brewery hired a German brewmaster in order to try to create a European-style beer, and by 1900, the brewery had already won awards in international beer festivals.

The Museum of Yebisu Beer is located near Ebisu Station (Tokyo Metro) in Japan

The Museum of Yebisu Beer is located near Ebisu Station (Tokyo Metro) in Japan

Taking a tour at the Museum of Yebisu Beer

Tours of the museum cost 500 yen ($5) and include a beer tasting session with an expert. Tours depart from the main hall frequently, although they are only offered in Japanese. If you can’t understand Japanese, you can take a self-guided tour of the small exhibition hall for free. There, you can learn all about the history of Yebisu Beer.

Museum of Yebisu Beer, Tokyo, Japan - beer museum and tasting room

Museum of Yebisu Beer, Tokyo, Japan - beer museum and tasting room

After taking the tour, or visiting the gallery, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and the Tasting Salon.

The Tasting Salon has a unique way of buying and tasting beer. You can’t just hand over yen for a glass; instead, you have to exchange 400 yen ($4) for a Yebisu Coin, which can be redeemed in the Tasting Salon for a beer. Yen can be exchanged for Yebisu Coins at coin exchange machines, although make sure you use the right amount of money, as your coins cannot be exchanged back into yen. If you buy too many coins, don’t worry… a Yebisu coin makes for a decent souvenir of your visit to the museum! (I may have kept an extra Yebisu coin for myself).

Yebisu Beer tasting set menu - exchange Yen for Yebisu Coins to buy beer at the tasting room

Yebisu Beer tasting set menu - exchange Yen for Yebisu Coins to buy beer at the tasting room

You can order from a range of Yebisu beers that are not available in stores, including “The Hop”, “Meister”, “Premium Black”, and more. One beer costs one Yebisu Coin.

Yebisu gold coin at the tasting hall; exchange 400 yen for a Yebisu Coin, which can be redeemed for a glass of beer in the Tasting Salon

Yebisu gold coin at the tasting hall; exchange 400 yen for a Yebisu Coin, which can be redeemed for a glass of beer in the Tasting Salon

In my opinion, the best way to try a few different beers is to order the tasting set. One Yebisu tasting set costs 2 Yebisu Coins, and comes with three beers and a small relish tray.

tasting set of three types of Yebisu Beer: Original, Red, and Dark

tasting set of three types of Yebisu Beer: Original, Red, and Dark

Where is the Museum of Yebisu Beer?

The Yebisu Beer Museum is located in Tokyo’s Ebisu neighborhood in an open-air shopping center called Garden Place. The neighborhood was actually named for the brewery that was founded there!

Yebisu Museum Tasting Salon

Yebisu Museum Tasting Salon

How to get to the Museum of Yebisu Beer

The Museum of Yebisu Beer is easy to reach from Tokyo Metro Ebisu Station (H02). The Museum is just a short walk from the station. The way is clearly marked.

Yebisu Garden Place, 4-20-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8522

 

Museum of Yebisu Beer visiting hours:

Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 - 19:00

Closed Mondays

Official Website: https://www.sapporobeer.jp/yebisu/english/

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