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Stave Off The Summer Heat At Five Tokyo Beer Gardens!

Stave Off The Summer Heat At Five Tokyo Beer Gardens!

Tokyo 2016.06.25

Beer gardens, outdoor restaurants which serve alcohol, are synonymous with Japanese summer. Enjoy fresh air and cold beer at these five Tokyo beer gardens.

Translated by Lester Somera

Written by Sawada Tomomi

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The information in this article has been updated to refer to the year 2017.

Summertime in Japan means it’s time for beer! A cold beer serves as the perfect accompaniment to the sweltering summer heat. People typically go to izakayas to enjoy Japanese sake, but in the summer months, we recommend visiting a rooftop beer garden to enjoy a glass or two with friends and family. Beer gardens are the perfect place to get your fill of delicious food and drink during the summertime. We’ve compiled a list of five great Tokyo beer gardens you should visit.

What is a Beer Garden, Exactly?

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Photos provided by: Roppongi Beer Garden

Beer gardens are special restaurants that are only operated during the hot summer months, and are organized at venues such as the roofs of department stores and hotels or in outdoor spaces. People can enjoy beer and other beverages, along with food that goes well with alcohol.

In recent years, beer gardens have branched out and developed their own unique touches, such as high-class cuisine, food cart setups, buffets, and more. Be forewarned that beer garden venues generally do not have roofs, so they often close on rainy days.

1. Shibuya: Tower Records Sky Garden

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Photos provided by: Tower Records Sky Garden

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Photos provided by: Tower Records Sky Garden

Tower Records is well-known as a CD shop, but a beer garden is open on its roof from spring until autumn. Enjoy unlimited BBQ and drinks, including beer and other alcoholic beverages, amidst the Shibuya rooftops. Priced at 3500 yen (before tax) for two hours of all-you-can-eat-and-drink, it’s definitely a better bargain than ordering food and drink at an izakaya. Currently the Shibuya location is the only Tower Records to host a BBQ beer garden.

Open from: 15/4/2017 to 15/10/2017

2. Harajuku: Omohara Beer Forest by Yona Yona Beer Works

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Photos provided by: Sunny Side Up

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Photos provided by: Sunny Side Up

In the popular sightseeing area of Harajuku, you can drop by a beer garden on the sixth-floor terrace of the Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku building: the Omohara Beer Garden by Yona Yona Beer Works. While most beer gardens are all-you-can-eat-and-drink, you order by the glass at Omohara Beer Forest, with drinks starting at 600 yen. For people who don’t want to drink that much, but still want to have fun, this place is perfect. How about enjoying an alcoholic beverage in Harajuku’s stylish atmosphere?

Open from: 16/6/2017 to 10/9/2017

3. Roppongi: Roppongi Beer Garden

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Photos provided by: Roppongi Beer Garden

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Photos provided by: Roppongi Beer Garden

The cool nightlife area of Roppongi is a sight to behold, with rows upon rows of restaurants and bars. The sole large-scale beer garden in Roppongi is the Roppongi Beer Garden, which has an amazing view. Enjoy BBQ and drinks while you gaze out at Roppongi’s glittering nightscape. The course we recommend, the all-you-can-drink BBQ course, costs 6,000 yen. While most beer gardens close during bad weather, the venue here is equipped with tents, so you can enjoy a night out even if it rains (though the beer garden will close in the event of a storm).

Open from: 28/4/2017 to 22/9/2017

4. Ochanomizu: Green Tea Restaurant 1899 Ochanomizu

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How about sipping a carefully-chosen beer from an open terrace seat? At the Ochanomizu Green Tea Restaurant, there is a special matcha beer garden only available at dinnertime, with a two-hour all-you-can-drink deal for 3780 yen. You can drink six kinds of beer, including matcha green tea beer, matcha green tea dark beer, and non-alcoholic green tea beer. The beer garden also offers a set of five beer snacks for 1500 yen. The beer garden here has integrated green tea into its menu in all sorts of original ways.

Open from: 1/6/2017 to 30/9/2017

Read also: A Fusion of Tea and Beer at the Ochanomizu Beer Garden (Japanese)

5. Tokyo Tower: Highball Garden and Rooftop Genghis Khan

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Photos provided by: Tokyo Tower

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Photos provided by: Tokyo Tower

At Tokyo Tower, the symbol of the city, two highball gardens have appeared on the scene. As the names suggest, unlike the other gardens on this list, these places specialize in highballs.

You can enjoy a whiskey highball directly below the tower at the Tokyo Tower Highball Garden, or ascend to the roof of Foot Town for a relaxing meal and drinks at the Tokyo Tower Highball Garden Rooftop Genghis Khan. Why not spend a glorious night at the Tokyo Tower with a whiskey in your hand and the metropolitan night view before your eyes?

Open from: Tokyo Tower Highball Garden - 12/4/2017 to 1/10/2017
Tokyo Tower Highball Garden Rooftop Genghis Khan - 7/4/2017 to 6/10/2017

A cold glass of beer or a highball goes perfectly with an outdoor meal! Luxuriate in the pleasant evening breeze and have a fantastic Tokyo summer night at any of these fine beer gardens.

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