Inside the magnificent old red brick brewery, the popular Sapporo Beer Museum (サッポロビール博物館: 札幌啤酒博物館) displays the history of Sapporo Beer from the Meiji period (late 19th-century).
You can join a guided tour (twice hourly except Mon; ¥500 with two drinks; in Japanese) or tasting beer at the Star Hall (11am-7pm, last entry is at 6.30pm; from ¥300 per glass, ¥800 with three glasses). Today it can feel crammed on weekends and high-seasons.
More info www.sapporobeer.jp/brewery/s_museum
Sapporo Bier Garten
(サッポロビール園: 札幌啤酒園) Adjoining the museum is this German-style beer hall. There are several branch barbecue restaurants around here.
More info www.sapporo-bier-garten.jp
Timeline of the Sapporo Beer Museum
- 1890 These red brick buildings is constructed as a sugar factory of Sapporo Seito
- 1903 Sapporo Beer purchas the sugar factory and transformed into the brewery
- 1965 The brewery is closed
- 1966 Sapporo Beer open a beer gallery and a beer hall
- 1987 Sapporo Beer Museum is officially open
There are a few ways to visit the museum:
- From Sapporo Station north gate stop 2, take the direct Chuo Bus 188 to the museum (7min; ¥210)
- JR pass holders can be easily walkable from JR Naebo Station (north gate), one stop east of Sapporo
- Otherwise, it is a 10-minute walk from exit 3 of Higashi-kuyakusho-mae Station, two stops north of Sapporo, on the Toho subway line
- Direct highway buses run from and to New Chitose Airport (hourly; 1hr; ¥1100)