We’re in the thick of Tokyo beer garden 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 also offer a la carte pricing, and are open until September.
Forest Beer Garden, Shinjuku
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 ¥600. An all you can eat and drink option is offered for ¥4,300 for men and ¥4,000 for women, and lasts two hours. This is a great pick for the sheer size and lovely location.
When: 21 May to 23 September, 2019
Opening hours: Weekdays 16:30-22:00, weekends 12:00-22:00
Other opening info: High season between 16 July and 31 August: Weekdays 14:00-22:30, weekends 12:00-22:30
Where: Meiji Jingu Gaien Nikoniko Park, 14-13 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0013
More info: Official site
Starry Sky Beer Terrace, Ikebukuro
Held on Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store’s 9F rooftop, this Tokyo beer garden is right next to the train station and seats 500. Their two-hour BBQ + nomihodai (all you can drink) set is ¥4,500. Other set combinations and an a la carte food menu are also available.
Premium Garden, Shibuya
Shibuya’s Tokyu Department Store has a 160-seater beer garden on their rooftop. Every evening, a la carte beer flows from ¥800 a glass. Their food menu, also entirely a la carte, has the standard offerings of light bites like edamame, fries, sausage and yakisoba, among other options.
Eki Beer, Asakusa
In Asakusa, you can sip your brew (and get a crick in your neck) while gazing up at Tokyo Skytree. 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 dinner on weekdays and both lunch and dinner on weekends. There is a two-hour all you can drink plus barbeque set for ¥4,380, with a few other plans available too. A la carte beers start at ¥650 a glass.
When: 20 May – 1 September, 2019 (reservations imperative for Sumida Fireworks Festival weekend)
Opening hours: Weekdays 17:00-22:00, weekends 11:00-15:00, 17:00-22:00
Where: 1 Chome-4-1 Hanakawado, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0033 (same building as Seria Asakusa EKIMISE)
More info: Official site
This article was first published in August, 2014 and last updated by the editorial team in July, 2019. While we try to make sure our information is accurate, details may vary. Reservations are strongly recommended for all of these beer gardens. Note that public holidays follow a weekend schedule.