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Cool Off at These 6 Tokyo Beer Gardens in 2019

By Francisco Cardoso
June 19, 2019
Updated: July 9, 2019

Summer has rolled in alongside the heat wave and summertime treats (like kakigori, Japanese shaved ice), and so have one of Tokyo's most popular summertime experiences: beer gardens. Well known for their nomihoudai (all you can drink) option in bars and restaurants, Tokyo elevates the nomihoudai experience by combining it with the beautiful outdoor sights of the Tokyo skyline. Beer gardens will soon dot the rooftops of Tokyo as summer starts to get into gear, so if you're looking to experience Tokyo nightlife make sure to check out one of these Tokyo beer gardens this summer.

1. Forest Beer Garden at Meiji Jingu

Found within the Meiji Shrine's outer garden, Forest Beer Garden is a fantastic place to take in the history and beauty of Japan along with some of its best beers. Capable of holding about 1,000 customers, you won't have any trouble getting a seating here, but making reservations never hurts. Entry to this Tokyo beer garden costs 4,200 yen for men and 4,000 yen for women and is worth every yen to be able to drink and take in the scenery of Meiji Jingu. While Forest Beer Garden doesn't overlook the high rises of Tokyo like the rest of the Tokyo beer gardens on this list, it still holds a special place among the scenery of trees and the tranquil shrine setting. Open from late May to late September you're going to want to save a date to go and visit this iconic beer garden.

Dates & Hours:

May 21 - September 23, 2019

Weekdays: 4:30 PM – 10 PM

Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays: 12 PM –10 PM

2. New Otani Night Pool

With the largest outdoor hotel pool in Tokyo, New Otani provides a great venue to stave off the heat this summer with the New Otani Night Pool. Starting in mid-July and lasting till early September, New Otani will open its doors for those looking to spend a lavish poolside evening as it has for the past twenty years. As you sit poolside sipping on drinks, you'll be surrounded by a beautiful Japanese garden, an oasis that'll make you forget about the concrete jungle of Tokyo. Filled with bright lights, drinks, and DJs playing some impressive tunes, the New Otani Night Pool is the place to be if you are looking to snag an Instagram-worthy selfie. Watch out for the price though, as tickets to get access to this twilight paradise can range from 8,000 yen to 10,000 yen. If you happen to be staying at the hotel, the ticket prices are discounted to 2000 yen regardless of how busy the pool becomes.

New Otani Pool

Dates & Hours:

July 12 - September 7, 2019 (closed on Sundays, except August 11 and 18)

6:00 - 10:00 PM (final entry by 9:00 PM)

3. Keio Asahi Sky Beer Garden

Conveniently located a few minutes away from the bustling Shinjuku Station, Keio Asahi Sky Beer Garden provides the best spot to take in Shinjuku's sparkling skyline. With a "Happy Hour Set" costing only 1,980 yen for an hour of nomihodai and an appetizer, this is the perfect Tokyo beer garden to start off a night on the town in Shinjuku. With over 400 seats, there's no need to make a reservation, and it's great for groups!

Keio Asahi Sky Garden

Dates & Hours:

May 30 - August 31, 2019 (closed on August 20)

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

4. Mt. Takao Beer Mount

If you're looking to escape the sweltering city heat then take a day trip west and enjoy some cold drinks at Mt. Takao Beer Mount. Enjoy a leisurely hike up Mt. Takao and enjoy the beautiful scenery that it has to offer and at the top, you'll be treated to an amazing beer garden experience. With an altitude of 500 meters, the Mt. Takao Beer Mount offers up a beautiful view of Tokyo. You'll be able to take in the sunset or see the stars as you sit and enjoy drinks and food from all over the world for just 3,800 yen for men and 3,600 for women with their all you can eat and drink option. You'll want to get your hiking shoes ready to make the trek up Mt. Takao for this option.

Dates & Hours:

June 15 - October 15, 2019

1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

5. Tower Records Sky Garden

Featuring a BBQ feast that will make your mouth water alongside great live music, Tower Records in Shibuya provides a great dining experience at its rooftop Sky Garden. Overlooking the streets of Shibuya, Tower Record is known for being the go-to place for the latest hits in Tokyo, but when summer comes around its rooftop opens up and it becomes the coolest place in Tokyo to get some BBQ. With a self-service bar, the drinks can keep flowing nonstop alongside some tasty meat. Available annually from until late September, Tower's Sky Garden is a must if you're in Shibuya.

Dates & Hours:

Details TBA

6. Wild Beach Tokyo Sky Resort

If you're looking to enjoy the beach without traveling all the way out to the coast then head on over to Shinjuku where they've brought the beach to you. Covering up the rooftop of Lumine EST with 15 tons of sand, you'll be transported to a seaside resort as soon as you step onto the rooftop. Complete with a cafe, barbeque terrace, and beer garden there is plenty here to keep you entertained as you cool down. The beer garden is offered in collaboration with Corona-Budweiser. Prices will vary depending on what you want to experience, but you'll probably want to check out the beer garden as they will be featuring imported beers. This Tokyo beer garden opened in late May and will last until late September, so you're going to want to make reservations to visit this urban oasis while you can.

Wild Beach

Dates & Hours:

May 20 - late September 2019

Weekdays: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays: 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM

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Francisco Cardoso
Francisco is a student who is currently studying abroad in Japan. He enjoys walking around the streets of Tokyo and discovering great places to eat.
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