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Escape Japan's Summer Heat - 3 Beer Gardens with Gorgeous Night Views!

Escape Japan's Summer Heat - 3 Beer Gardens with Gorgeous Night Views!

Update: 20 July 2018

As summer approaches and temperatures keep rising in the Tokyo area, a number of beer gardens have begun opening their doors. For the uninitiated, beer gardens are outdoor areas where you can enjoy a refreshing pint along with a variety of tasty foods, often with all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat options. Here we highlight three of these must-see spots that offer incredible night views you can enjoy while relaxing with a frosty mug and fun conversation with friends, family, or that special someone!

1. Odaiba: King of the Pirates

1. Odaiba: King of the Pirates

“King of the Pirates” is a fun restaurant themed around pirates in Odaiba. From May 1, it has been offering a special beer garden that overlooks Rainbow Briege and Tokyo Bay, plus a popular BBQ option. For folks looking to enjoy freshly grilled seafood and meats, the "BBQ with Beer Garden Course" (4500 yen; tax excluded) is highly recommended. If fried chicken and scrumptious sausages are more your mood, the “Beer Garden Course” (3500 yen, tax excluded) is right up your alley. Both courses include an all-you-can-drink option. But hurry: in peak season from July 1, both prices will be bumped up by 480 yen!

  • KING OF THE PIRATES
    KING OF THE PIRATES
    • Address 〒135-0091 Tokyo, Minato, Daiba, 1 Chome−7−1 (Located in Aqua City Odaiba)
    • Nearest Station Daiba Station, Yurikamome line
    • Phone Number 03-3599-1225

    Website: www.dd-holdings.jp/shops/kingofthepirates/daiba

    Hours:
    Mon-Sun, 11AM - 3PM; 5PM - 11PM.

    From September 1:
    Mon-Fri, lunch 11AM - 3:30PM; dinner, 5PM - 11PM
    Sat, Sun, Holidays: 11AM - 11PM (lunch last order: 2PM; dinner last order: 10PM)

2. Akasaka/Roppongi: Roppongi BBQ Beer Garden (Ark Hills South Tower Rooftop Lounge)

2. Akasaka/Roppongi: Roppongi BBQ Beer Garden (Ark Hills South Tower Rooftop Lounge)

Located in Tokyo's celebrated international district of Roppongi, Ark Hills South Tower opens its rooftop each year, with beer flowing at its beer garden until the end of September. From here you can catch stunning views of the Roppongi area while enjoying authentic BBQ (courses from 4800 yen, tax excluded) with such selected mouthwatering choices as T-bone steaks, domestic pork, and seafood options. There's even a plan where you can buy your own meats from the grocery store in the building's basement floor and grill them to your liking. À la carte options are available, along with drinks - an all-you-can-drink course starts at just 2,000 yen for 2 hours! This classy beer garden offers all you need for a perfect evening out in Tokyo.

  • ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE
    ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE
    • Address 〒106-0032 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 1 Chome−4−5
    • Nearest Station Roppongi-Itchome Station, Tokyo Metro Namboku line
    • Phone Number 03-5549-1550

    Website: arkhills.beergardens.jp

    Hours: 23 April - 30 September 2018
    Weekdays, 5PM - 11PM
    *April-June, September: Sat, 12PM - 11PM; Sun/Hols: 12PM - 10PM.
    *July-August: Sat, 3PM - 11PM; Sun/Hols: 3PM - 10PM

3. Yokohama: SOGO Rooftop Beer Garden

3. Yokohama: SOGO Rooftop Beer Garden

Finally, if laid-back vibes and refreshing ocean breezes are more your thing, be sure to check out the rooftop of the Sogo Yokohama store. This year, they're offering a variety of tasty delights under the theme “Beauty Beer Garden - Savoring Vegetables." Geared toward those who want to enjoy a few frosty beverages while still staying somewhat true to their diet, this beer garden is offering a selection of tasty veggies at its aptly-named "Vegetation Station" - a salad bar with 30 different kinds of healthy treats. The 4,500 yen (tax included) all-you-can-eat plan includes all-you-can-drink as well, doubtlessly making this a popular destination.

  • Sogo Yokohama
    そごう横浜店
    • Address 〒220-0011 Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Nishi-ku, Takashima 2-18-1
    • Nearest Station Yokohama Station (JR, Keikyu, Tokyu-Toyoko, Sotestsu, and Yokohama Municipal Subway lines)
    • Phone Number 045-465-2111

    Website (JP): www.sogo-seibu.jp/yokohama/kakutensublist/?article_seq=269253

    Hours: 20 April - 8 October 2018
    Weekdays, 4PM - 10PM
    Sat, Sun, Holidays: 11AM - 2PM; 4PM - 10PM

Of course, a variety of other beer gardens can be found all over Japan - typically on the rooftops of department stores. Given their popularity, while advance reservations are not a must, they certainly highly advised.

This summer, cool off with a refreshing bevvie of your choice - and don't miss the chance to snap a highly Instagrammable nighttime view at the same time!

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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