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 16th until September 10th.
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. This year, the kiosk in the middle of the garden will be run again by Yonayona Beer Kitchen, which is connected to Nagano-based Yoho Brewing, serving up Yonayona (an American Pale Ale), Ao Oni (blue devil) IPA and Suiyobinoneko (Wednesday’s cat!) white beer.
Sadly, they increased the beer price from 500 yen to 700 yen. But an extra 200 yen is a small price to pay for the ambiance. The terrace is strewn with tables, chairs and loungers. And, in addition to the shade provided by the trees, there is a cool mist piped over the terrace making it one of the most refreshing places to be in Tokyo each summer. 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.
For more al fresco options, read our guide on terrace tippling in Tokyo.
There are certain times in the year that can make your visit to Tokyo less than idea.