What are the "hops" in beer? What purpose does the barley serve? See the manufacturing process of the most ubiquitous name in Japanese beer, Asahi, at the Asahi Beer Factory. Located just outside of Osaka city in Suita, Asahi offers daily tours every 30 minutes. On the tour, guests see, smell, and touch the hops and barley, along with other ingredients that go into brewing some of the world's most famous beer.
The in-depth tour lasts a solid 90 minutes. Don't get bogged down in the science, though; the last 20 minutes are reserved for tasting the brews. Guests are offered sampling glasses, and for the time allotted, they are bottomless. That's right, guests can taste until they have had their fill. While sipping on different beers, guests can enjoy an expansive garden, as well as Asahi's "World Can Collection," an enormous display of more than 3,000 beer cans from all over the world. Before leaving, guests have an opportunity to visit the Asahi gift shop.
Reservations are required for the Asahi beer factory tour. Tours will run with a minimum of two people. The factor's hours are from 9:30am - 3:00pm. The factory is open most days of the year, except for a few designated holidays. Admission is free. Reach the Asahi factory by a 10 minute walk from the east exit of the Suita Station on the Hankyu Senri Line in Osaka. Pamphlets with tour information are offered in English, Chinese and Korean, but the tour is only conducted in Japanese.