Kraft Bier Fest in Kofu, 2014

6 08 2014

This past Sunday was the final day for the “Kraft Bier Fest in Kofu 2014” being held in front of the JR Kofu Station in the Yamanashi Prefecture.  It wasn’t that I wished to visit this beer festival in particular but different factors came together and it made sense for me to go so off I went to Kofu for the first time though I had driven past the station once years ago.

I so much prefer the bus to the train though I know I'm risking being stuck in traffic especially on a Sunday.  Wasn't too bad on the way to Kofu.  A very different story on the way back to Tokyo.

I so much prefer the bus to the train though I know I’m risking being stuck in traffic especially on a Sunday. Wasn’t too bad on the way to Kofu. A very different story on the way back to Tokyo.

"Kraft Bier Fest in Kofu" reads the banner at the Kofu Station.

“Kraft Bier Fest in Kofu” reads the banner at the Kofu Station.

It's an eco friendly festival with a container deposit system for beer glasses, using reusable chopsticks and dishes, etc.

It’s an eco friendly festival with a container deposit system for beer glasses, using reusable chopsticks and dishes, etc.

The tasting glass which you purchase and keep for 500 yen with coupons for five glasses of 50 ml beer at 900 yen.

The tasting glass which you purchase and keep for 500 yen with coupons for five glasses of 50 ml beer at 900 yen.

A former elementary school building built in 1875 and certified by the Japanese government as an "important cultural property" on permanent display in the square where the festival was being held.

A former elementary school building built in 1875 and certified by the Japanese government as an “important cultural property” on permanent display in the square where the festival was being held.

An outdoor misting system scattered around the venue though surprisingly it was not a hot day for Kofu where it seems to easily hit 38C.

An outdoor misting system scattered around the venue though surprisingly it was not a hot day for Kofu where it seems to easily hit 38C.

And I just had to have a local soft-serve ice cream.

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