Omohara Beer Forest – A Refreshing Summer Terrace with 500 700 Yen Craft Beer

Open June 23rd to September 6th, 2015

omohara beer forest

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

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Greg has been been searching for a cheaper way of doing things in and around Tokyo for more than 12 years. Greg's qualification for being a cheapo include walking up to an hour across Tokyo to save on the 160 yen subway fare and still having clothes in his dresser from 1998. When not searching for the izakaya with the cheapest beer in Japan, he develops web sites.

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  • chris

    Stopped by after seeing this post. Great beer with a great atmosphere. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • CS

    I went last Friday. The space is cool – good lighting, chill jazz music, tasty beer. However, around 8:30 or so they cut off the music and started playing an episode of Gossip Girl on a huge TV screen. Turns out AXN is the sponsor, and their contribution to the party (in addition to subsidized beer) is a complimentary episode of Gossip Girl. Totally killed the vibe for us so we bounced. If you don’t mind having to sit through Gossip Girl, it’s a good deal.

    • CheapoGreg

      Apparently they’re showing shows that are nominated for the Emmy Awards. I do remember a wtf moment when they started playing a loud TV program on the big screen but by tat time I’d had already had too many beers to care!