inCiderJapan G.K. is a promotion & marketing events company, internationally recognized for publishing inCiderJapan, Asia’s first and only bilingual magazine dedicated to all things cider. In addition to managing the Japan Cider Cup, we also import, distribute, and retail world-class ciders & cider-related goods.
The Japan Cider Cup was launched in November 2022 by inCiderJapan, creating the country’s premier people’s choice awards tasting competition and international cider event.
The tasting competition segment of the Japan Cider Cup is open to all domestic cider producers and importers, and also accepts international entries. Entered ciders are scored across three independent rounds of judging by various members of the general public in Japan, food and drink professionals, and a handful of notable guest cider experts invited from across the globe. Winners are announced and awarded prizes at the Japan Cider Cup event in April of the following year (see poster below).
Conceived in 2019 and officially launched in October 2020, Global Cider Connect began as an initiative to promote cider and cider tourism in Japan. The three-year project was sponsored by the Southern Nagano Cider Tourism Bureau and coordinated by inCiderJapan.
The first Global Cider Connect brought together ten groups of cidermakers from six countries including Australia (Willie Smith’s Cidermakers), Denmark (Æblerov), Japan (VinVie Winery & Cidery, Kikusui Brewing Co., Kamoshika Cidery, Kaneshige Farm & Cidery, and Marukame Cidery) Norway (Alde Sider), Spain (Zapiain), and the United States (Blake’s Hard Cider Co.) for what became a world-first six-nation cider collaboration. And while Covid-19 created numerous significant challenges and setbacks, in the end, the ciders were successfully made and released to the public in May 2022.
inCiderJapan is now brainstorming how to continue the project and connect other cidermaking areas of Japan with the rest of the world.
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Itama News (29 March 2023)
Itama News (9 March 2023)
InCider Insights | CiderCraft Magazine (through December 2022)
Outdoor Japan (October 2022)
TamaNavi Vol. 101 (October 2022)
PEN Online (27 June 2022)
JapanNews (21 May 2022)
Outdoor Japan (October 2021)
CiderCraft Magazine (16 September 2021)
FoodNavigator-Asia (17 August 2021)
Japan Travel (5 July 2021)
CiderCraft Magazine (13 June 2021)
The Japan Times (15 May 2021)
Tokyo Newspaper (9 March 2021)
Yokohama Seasider (March 2021)
American Cider Association (3 December 2020)
Spirited (12 November 2020)
NPO International Apple & Cider Association (1 November 2020)
Outdoor Japan (September 2020)
The Culture Trip (4 August 2020)
Wine What Magazine (May 2020)
Small Business Japan (1 February 2020)
Mainichi Newspaper (27 September 2019)
Beer Girl (3 July 2019)
Cider Chat Podcast (27 March 2019)
Crafty Nectar (19 March 2019)
Shinano Mainichi Daily Newspaper (15 March 2019)
Cider Culture (8 February 2019)
Cider Culture (31 August 2018)
Metropolis Magazine (28 June 2018)
Shinano Mainichi Daily Newspaper (9 June 2018)
Cider Chat Podcast (31 January 2018)