Wine festivals in Japan
WORLD WINE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; enjoy more than 120 varieties of wines from all over the world at Tokyo Midtown Atrium; free; 03-3458-4702; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en.
KATSUNUMA WINE FESTA (Yamanashi prefecture): Oct. 3, 10 a.m.; varieties of wines for free after purchasing a wine glass for 1,000 yen at Katsunuma Chuo Koen, five-minute drive from Katsunuma I.C. on Chuo Express or 10-minute shuttle bus ride from JR Katsunuma Budogo Station on Chuo Line (100 yen); 0553-32-1000.
IKEDA-CHO WINE FESTIVAL (Hokkaido): Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; all-you-can-drink a glass of wine and also all-you-can-eat Tokachi beef steaks; 4,000 yen adults, 2,000 yen youths, 1,000 yen children, limited to first 5,000 people; 10-minute walk from Ikeda Station on Nemuro Line or 50-minute drive from Tokachi Obihiro Airport; 0150-572-2295.
TSUKIURA WINE FESTIVAL (Hokkaido): Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; enjoy fresh wines along with barbecue at Greenstay Toyako, 30-minute drive from JR Toya Station on Muroran Line; 1,700 yen for white wine and barbecue set, 1,900 yen red wine and barbecue set; 0142-75-4400.
TAKAHATA WINERY HARVEST FESTIVAL (Yamagata prefecture): Oct. 9-12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; wine and live music performance; 10-minute walk from JR Takahata Station on Ouu Line or Yamagata Sinkansen; free; 0238-57-4800.
CHATEAU MERCIAN HARVEST FESTIVAL 2015 (Yamanashi prefecture): Oct. 10-12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; three-minute drive from Katsunuma I.C. on Chuo Express or eight-minute taxi ride from JR Katsunuma Budogo Station on Chuo Line; 500 yen for five coupons for food, 1,000 yen for 10 coupons plus service wine; 0553-44-1011.
EAT WINE TOYAMA (Toyama prefecture): Oct. 11, noon-9 p.m.; enjoy 100 varieties from 10 countries at Toyama Grand Plaza, Grand Plaza stop by a streetcar or 20-minute walk from JR Toyama Station; 3,000 yen for advance ticket, includes 32 coupons or 5,500 yen for all-you-can drink for two hours; 076-493-2418.
CHATEAU LUMIERE WINE FESTA (Yamanashi prefecture): Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; enjoy fresh wine brewed by Chateau Lumiere at Omiya Shrine, neighboring Chateau Lumiere; 2,000 yen includes a glass and 1,000 yen worth of drinks; no reservation required; 0553-47-0207; www.lumiere.jp/en.
BELLE FORET WINE FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Oct. 24 & 25; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; enjoy fresh wines and cheese, along with grape spitting contest, live concerts and more; five-minute walk from JR Shiozaki Station on Chuo Line; 0551-28-4451.
MOUNTWINE FRESH WINE FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Oct. 24 & 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; enjoy fresh wines produced by Mountwine Co., along with live concerts; 22-minute ride from Kofu Showa I.C. on Chuo Express; 1,500 yen; 055-277-2805.