Tokyo during summer is hot, sticky and sweaty, and there's no better way to fight the humidity than with a pitcher and salted edamame at one of the city's many beer gardens.
Every summer, without fail, Tokyoites head to the rooftops of departments stores and parks where the beer gardens await for them with cold pints, barbecue sets and good times. Below you'll find a selection of the city's finest beer gardens. Enjoy!
One of the city's traditional beer gardens. Take in the view of the Shinjuku skyscraper district while working your way through Asahi pints (dark beer also available). This year they are launching a new food menu with an eye towards better serving female patrons. Various events throughout the summer, including big bands, jazz groups, hawaiian music and a German ice wine festival.
One of the largest beer gardens in Japan, with capacity for 1,000 people. Located in the middle of a small forest at Jingu-Gaien, this beer garden makes you forget that you are in the middle of the city. They have two areas; one works with an unlimited food and drinks menu, while you can order individually in the other. Families welcome, with lots of kids running around and a playground nearby. Kirin and Budweiser available.
A more upscale beer garden located at the Meiji Kinenkan on the outside gardens of the Meiji shrine. Traditional Japanese dance shows, Japanese snacks; kirin and heartland beer on offer.
Rise 100 meters above the heat to the top floor of the Tobu department store, and enjoy a beautiful view that includes Mount Fuji on clear days. The food menu has strong Korean influences this year, and the beer is Asahi Super Dry.
The Sanuki Club brings out the beers in an atmosphere that will make you forget about the city and its bustle. The udon is famous, and they have many options low in calories in the food menu. One item you might want to try is the horse sashimi (basashi).
Enjoy the pizza and beer combo at the Grand Arc Hotel. The beer is Sapporo, and the pizzas are 37cm in diameter!
Enjoy a view of the Sumida river, while feasting on Okinawan dishes and the tropical theme that the Matsuya department store is putting out this year. The beer is Asahi Super Dry and Asahi dark.
Located right at the station, this beer garden offers Suntory premium malts, Suntory dark and Corona, together with an extensive food menu. Enjoy the nightview of the Shinagawa while sipping away the Suntory brews.
The Hankyu hotel plays it traditional with an excellent combo of Sapporo beer and lamb barbecue. The twist however comes in the form of tickets to the bowling court at the same hotel. Take a break from the beer and see if you can hit the pins!
If you like the challenge of bowling while drinking unlimited beer, this beer garden is for you. They offer an unlimited drinks and food menu that includes two bowling games. Sapporo and Yebisu beer on tap.
A little far from the city, but beautiful views at this beer garden located at the top of Mount Takao. During beer garden season, the cable car stops later in the evening so you can enjoy the beers without worrying about how to climb down the mountain.