You certainly can’t set your watch by most Japanese ‘Oktoberfests’ – the word seems to be the de rigueur descriptor for any drink-heavy get-together…

This time, though, in Odaiba, the organisers have chosen – behold! – to hold their Oktoberfest in, well, October. We’ll forgive them their April/May precursor and just call it a warm up, but the (impressive as ever) line-up of ales might just taste slightly sweeter in the month they are made for.

You might want to leave thrift behind as you cross Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba – beers can get pretty pricey, at around 1,000 yen upwards for half a litre and double that, not including the deposit you’ll pay for the glass, for the full Bavarian bicep-stretching experience.

The traditional glass is all part of the fun, though, as is the music – this time from Oktoberfest Band, Almpower (and don’t forget about the sausages…)

As its all held under the watchful eyes of Gundam, we can’t think of a better way to while away an afternoon.

Where: Symbol Promenade Koen – Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station/Ariake Station (Yurikamome line) or Tokyo Teleport Station/Kokusai Tenjijou Station (Rinkai line)

When: Obtober 5 (Friday) to October 14 (Sunday)

Weekdays: 16:00 – 22:00 Weekends: 11:00 – 22:00

Official Odaiba Oktoberfest site.

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