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サッポロビール博物館 Sapporo Beer Museum

  • Museums
  • Okadama/Kotoni/Teine
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9-1-1 Kita7-johigashi, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 065-8633, Japan
  • Museums
Opening Hours
11:00-20:00(Last admission19:00)
Monday(Open if it is a public holiday, closed on Tuesday instead), New Year Holidays
Date of post:2015/07/07

The only beer museum in Japan!

  • Sightseeing

The history of beer and brewing in Japan can be learned at the Sapporo Beer Museum, the only beer museum in Japan! It was opened in 1987 and renovated in 2004. It is located in Sapporo Beer Garden.

In 1867, Kaitakushi (the government of Hokkaido's Development Commission) constructed the brewery in Sapporo aiming to establish various industries in Hokkaido, the brewery was called Sapporo Reisei (cold) Beer. It marks the origin of Sapporo Beer Company so the red pole star that is the trade mark of Sapporo Beer comes from Kaitakushi's symbol. The building which houses the museum and Sapporo Beer Garden restaurant features a stately and beautiful building with red brick walls that was originally constructed as the factory of Sapporo Sugar Company in 1890 and was renovated as the brewery in 1904, so the museum was named a Hokkaido heritage.

The third floor is the entrance of the exhibitions, the birth of Sapporo Beer in 1876 is exhibited with an introduction by the chief project manager and the brew-master at that time and describes how difficult and challenging it was to establish the brewery and launch the beer. Then the history of the expansion of the city of Sapporo and the main ingredients for beer such as barley and hops are explained.

You may be surprised by the huge work kettle standing from the 2nd floor tho the 3rd floor. It is made of beautifully polished copper that was used for the brewing process and its capacity is 85kl same as 240 thousand cans of 350ml can! Another interest is Sapporo Ad Collection on the second floor, the Ad posters show the relationship between beer and historical period, especially, I am interested in the women models on the posters telling the fashion and culture of the times.

When you will return to the first floor, you may be thirsty but your needs can be satisfied at Star Hall by a tasting beer or non-alcoholic beer (extra charge). A glass of beer or soft drinks with snacks is ¥200 (JPY), several kinds of beer are served.You can also go to the Sapporo Beer Garden restaurant where you can enjoy a typical all-you-can-eat lamb BBQ with Sapporo draft beer! I recommend to book the restaurant in advance.

Date of post:2015/07/03

An impressive and refreshing piece of Sapporo

  • Historical Building

The history of Sapporo should not be told without knowing about beer. The most popular beverage among Sapporo people is Sapporo beer. So I think it is a must to go to the Sapporo Beer Museum to understand more about Sapporo's people.

To go to the museum, find the 188 line bus stop at the northern side of the JR Sapporo station, which runs every 30 minute in week days, 20 minute for Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays (210 JPY).

Before the impressive building formerly used as a brewery, you see a pile of some barrels with white Japanese characters meaning; “When we treat barely and hop properly, the kind of sake named beer would be produced."

Inside the museum, there is an information tour every 20 minutes. I am afraid to say there are only Japanese language tours, however, if you are the real fan of beer, this tour is worth joining, as the guide tells you the best way to enjoy Sapporo Beer blend in a can, which you can enjoy even outside Japan. Moreover, you would be kindly escorted to the drinking corner, where you can taste three blends for only 500 JPY.

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