The rooftop garden on top of the Tokyo Plaza building on the corner of Meiji Dori and Omotesando is converted into a beer terrace each year during the warmer months. This year, it’s open from June 23rd until September 6th. The thing that sets Omohara Beer Forest apart from regular beer gardens is that there are no silly all-you-can-drink plans designed to herd you in and then herd you out again. Instead, the kiosk in the middle of the garden is being run by Yonayona Beer Kitchen which is connected to Nagano-based Yoho Brewing. Another great feature is that there’s no need for a reservation so you can pop in for a quick drink or you can spend the whole evening there. Surprisingly, it rarely gets crowded.
Along with Yonayona (an American Pale Ale) the Kiosk will also be serving the Ao Oni (blue devil) IPA and Suiyobinoneko (Wednesday’s cat!) white beer.
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The terrace is strewn with tables, chairs and loungers. As well as the shade provided by the trees, there is also a cool mist piped over the terrace making it one of the most refreshing places to be in Tokyo each summer. If you’re too cheap to fork over 700 yen (despite being Japan’s most affordable craft beer brewery, they’ve sadly hiked the prices up by 200yen) for a beer, you can just lounge around for free.
|Name:||Omohara Beer Forest|
|Pricing info:||Yaho Brewing Craft Beer - 500yen each (usually - actual price not confirmed yet)|
|Address:||4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo|
|Access:||Harajuku / Meijijingumae|
|Business hours:||Weekdays 5pm to 9pm, Weekends and Public Holidays 12noon to 9pm|