A beer garden (a loan translation from the German Biergarten) is open air restaurantsan in which beer and local food are served, typically at shared tables. Common entertainments include music, song, and games, enjoyed in an atmosphere of Gemütlichkeit. In Japan, A beer garden is usually located on the roof of buildings (departments and hotels) or outdoors. Here, We introduce you the 5 popular beer gardens you should check out in Japan.
No.5 ROOFTOP LOUNGE BBQ – ROPPONGI
Located in the upscale part of Tokyo; Roppongi, this beer garden will surely impress you. The style they have taken is an outdoor BBQ experience. What make this beer garden unique is that you have a choice of seating, grill side or table side. The grill side, you are able to cook your own food (you don’t have to bring food, but you can if you want to).
The table side, is akin to a normal restaurant. This place offers standard BBQ cuisine, meat, vegetables, as well as a variety of others. Expect to pay at least 3800 JPY per person.
Roppongi Lounge BBQ Address : The roof top of Roppongi Ark Hills South Tower, 1-4-5, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Access: 1 minute walk from Roppongi Itchome station Opening Hours : May 10, 2016 – Sep 30th, 2016 Weekdays 5:00pm ~ 11:00pm Weekends and Holidays 12:00pm ~ 11:00pm (May – June) / 3:00pm ~ 11:00pm (July – Sep.) Phone : +81(0)50-3155-5155 Website: Rooftop Lounge BBQ (Japanese)
No.4 YOZORA NO NIWA BEER GARDEN – SHINJUKU
Situated in the heart of Tokyo, this Japanese themed beer garden offers great food and family friendly atmosphere. Their theme of “Wa” which means Japanese style extends from their decor all the way into their food. This beer garden creates a wonderful setting and allows you to chat away the night.
Yozora no Niwa Beer Garden Address : The rooftop of Shinjuku Isetan, 3-14-1 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022 Access : 5 minutes walk from JR Shinjuku Station Opening Hours : The opening date is not yet fixed Phone : +81(0)50-5891-8697
No.3 ALOHA BBQ BEER GARDEN – IKEBUKURO
If you ever been to Hawaii, this place might seem a bit familiar. This beer garden is a Hawaiian themed open air BBQ with chicken, pork, beef and fresh vegetables, all the staples are covered. They even have live hula performances.
For food, they offer a Hawaiian BBQ set that will run you around 3000 JPY per person. This set includes such items as pineapple marinated spicy pork, teriyaki chicken, and lomi lomi salmon. The set also comes with a small all you can eat menu that includes things like, french fries, edamame, and shaved ice.
Aloha BBQ Beer Garden Address: The rooftop of Ikebukuro PARCO, 1-28-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8557 Access: 1 minute from Exit East of JR Ikebukuro station Opening Hours: Apr 22nd, 2016 – Sep 30th, 2016 Weekdays 4:00pm ~ 11:00pm / Weekends and Holidays 12:00pm ~ 11:00pm (April – June) Weekdays 4:00pm ~ 11:00pm / Weekends and Holidays 3:00pm ~ 11:00pm (July – Sep.) Phone: +81(0)3-5957-0035 Website: Aloha BBQ Beer Garden
No.2 JINNANKEN BEER GARDEN – SHIBUYA
This open concept beer garden is only a short walk away from Shibuya station. This beer garden specialized in their slow roasted sweet pork form Italy marinated in their homemade salted lemon rub.
The theme of this beer garden is open air BBQ. On top of their signature sweet pork, they offer a variety of appetizers, side dishes and vegetables. Expect to pay at least 4500 JPY per person for the course menu and all you can drink.
Jinnankne Beer Garden Address : Navisibuya Bld. 9F, 1-20-5, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0041 Access : 3 minutes walk from Exit Hachiko of JR Shibuya station Opening Hours : May 9th, 2016 – Sep 30th, 2016 Weekdays 6:00pm ~ 11:00pm Weekends and Holidays 4:00pm ~ 11:00pm Phone : +81(0)50-5797-6930 Website : Jinnanken Beer Garden (Japanese)
No.1 LA FESTA BEER GARDEN – SHINJUKU
This beer garden’s theme of 2016 is “La Festa”. La Festa is a combination of festival, holiday, and party. La Festa Beer Garden is aiming to bring those things from all over the world. This can be seen in their food, their presentation, and the overall decor. You can expect to pay about 3750 JPY (excluding tax) per person.
However, there isn’t just good food here, they have live dance performances and a number of different special services and discounts. This beer garden is colorful and energetic, it will surely brighten up your day.
La Festa Beer Garden Address : The rooftop of Lumine Est, 3-38-1 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022 Access : Short walk from Exit East of Shinjuku station Opening Hours : Apr. 28th, 2016 – Sep 30th, 2016 Weekdays 4:00pm ~ 11:00pm Weekends and Holidays 12:00pm ~ 11:00pm Phone: +81 (0)3-6273-2262 Website: La Festa Beer Garden (Japanese)
Whichever place you choose, a Japanese beer garden is a great way to escape from the Tokyo summer heat. Remember beer gardens are only around in a summer month, make sure you take advantage of them while they are open.