We’re in the thick of Tokyo beer gardens season, and summer wouldn’t be complete without a tipple to the tune of late cicadas and a trickle of sweat. There are dozens of choices, but some require an all-you-can-drink buy-in, which as we’ve mentioned before, isn’t always the best deal. Here are a handful of picks that offer a la carte pricing, and are open until the end of September.
This 1000-person capacity beer garden is held in the Meiji Shrine Outer Grounds. Running daily from mid-May to late September, the garden is open weekday evenings, and afternoons and evenings on weekends. The a la carte menu has glasses of beer starting at ¥580. An all you can eat and drink option is offered for ¥4,100 for men and ¥3,800 for women, and lasts 2 hours. The food is a mixed plate of meats, vegetables, and rice, and the beers on tap are Kirin and Budweiser. This is a great pick for the sheer size and lovely location.
When: 18 May to 29 September 2019
Opening hours: weekdays, 17:00-22:00, weekends 12:00-22:00.
Other opening info: High season between 17 July and 31 August: weekdays 14:00-22:00, weekends 12:00-22:30
Where: 14-13, Chiyugaoka-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Shingu Park)
More info: Official site.
Starry Sky Beer Terrace
Held on Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store’s 9F rooftop, this beer garden is right next to the station and seats 500. A la carte beers on tap (Kirin) start at ¥400 a glass, and their 2 hour nomihodai (all you can drink) is ¥3,500. An a la carte food menu and other drinks and cocktails are also available.
When: until the end of September.
Opening hours: 17:00-22:00
Where: 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro – the rooftop terrace of Seibu Ikebukuro.
Shibuya’s Tokyu has a 400-seater Green Garden on their rooftop. Every evening, a la carte draft beers flow at ¥570 (Kirin) a glass. Their food menu, also entirely a la carte, has the standard offerings of things like edamame, fries, sausage, and yakisoba.
When: 3 May – 23 September
Opening hours: 17:00-22:30
Other opening info: late May to end June 17:00-21:30; July to end August 17:00-22:30; September 17:00-21:30
Where: 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Tokyu Department Store, Shibuya Station
In Asakusa, you can sip your brew (and get a crick in your neck) while gazing up at Sky Tree. This beer garden, right on the Sumida River, sits on the rooftop of the Ekimise building at Asakusa Station. With seating for 160, they are open for both lunch and dinner, with a slight discount at lunch for the 2-hour all you can drink plus barbeque set (¥3,500/¥3,900 respectively, sukiyaki option also available at dinner). A la carte beers start at ¥500 a glass, and Asahi is on draft. Going until Sept. 30.
When: 21 May – 2 September (reservations needed for Sumida Fireworks Festival weekend)
Opening hours: 11:00-15:30, 16:00-22:00
Where: 1 Chome-4-1 Hanakawado, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0033 (Seria Asakusa EKIMISE)
More info: Official site (site in Japanese).
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This article was first published in August 2014 and updated in March 2019. While we try to make sure our information is accurate, details may vary.
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