Mark your calendars for Hibiya Oktoberfest 2023, a summer celebration of German culture in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park. This beloved event kicks off on July 7th, running through to July 17th.
The festival opens at 16:00 on the first day, wrapping up at 22:00, with last orders at 21:30. For the remainder of the event, doors open at 11:00 and close at 22:00 daily, with last orders taken at 21:30. And come rain or shine, the Oktoberfest spirit will be in full swing.
Based On The Original October Fest
The event recreates the atmosphere of the original Munich Oktoberfest, but right in the heart of Tokyo. A modest entry fee of 500 yen for adults (free for children below junior high school age) includes an original reusable cup, enhancing the festival’s environmental consciousness.
All food and drink purchases are separate, and the festival conveniently accepts electronic money and credit cards. Remember, though, there are no electronic money chargers on site, so ensure to load your e-money cards before you arrive.
Festival Location and Access
The festival takes place at the Fountain Plaza in Hibiya Park. Access is a breeze, with Hibiya Station (on the Hibiya or Chiyoda lines) just a minute’s walk away from Exit A14. Alternatively, Kasumigaseki Station (on the Marunouchi Line) and Uchisaiwaicho Station (on the Toei Mita Line) are both an easy five-minute stroll from exits B2 and A7, respectively.
A Quick Note On The Japan Rail Pass Price Hike
The price of the wonderful Japan Rail Pass is going up a massive 62% in October but there’s still time to lock in the old rates if you’re quick. Klook still offers the old prices so if you buy before September 30th you can travel with the old prices until December 28th, 2023.
Your First Drink
Upon arrival, head over to your vendor of choice to order your first drink. When ordering by the glass, a deposit of 1,000 yen is required, which is a cash-only transaction. However, you can use credit cards and IC cards for the actual food and drink purchase.
Second Round and Beyond
When you’re ready for your next round, bring your glass to any vendor you like for a refill. As long as the glass is unbroken, the deposit will cover the new beer, meaning you only pay for the drink.
Before you leave the festival, return your glass to the vendor from which you bought your last round to receive your 1,000 yen deposit back. Please bear in mind that you won’t be reimbursed if the glass is broken or stolen, and the festival organizers won’t assume any responsibility for such instances. Therefore, please take care of your glass during the festival.
Whether you’re a longtime fan of German culture or a newcomer looking to dive into an authentic Oktoberfest experience, Hibiya Oktoberfest 2023 is the place to be this summer. Prost to a memorable summer in Tokyo.
Directions to Hibiya Oktoberfest 2023
The Hibiya Oktoberfest 2023 is conveniently located at the Fountain Plaza in Hibiya Park, offering easy access via several subway lines.
- If you’re coming from the Hibiya line or Chiyoda line, jump off at Hibiya Station and take exit A14. The park is just about a 1-minute walk away.
- If you’re travelling on the Marunouchi line, get off at Kasumigaseki Station and take exit B2. From here, it’s about a 5-minute walk to the park.
- If you’re on the Toei Mita line, disembark at Uchisaiwaicho Station and take exit A7. You’ll reach the park after approximately a 5-minute walk.