Tokyo Tower Highball Garden
Tokyo Tower's alternative to the ubiquitous summer beer gardens is welcoming the outdoor drinking season with a double dose of whisky highballs. In addition to the regular terrace at the base of the tower, where a lengthy menu of highballs is combined with a variety of drinking snacks (think karaage and grilled bacon), it also operates a meatier option on the roof of the Tower Foot Town building, offering Jingisukan, the Hokkaido-born lamb barbecue named after the Mongol warlord Genghis Khan. Two hours of all-you-can-drink alcohol and limitless jingisukan can be had for ¥5,000 (teens aged 13-19 ¥3,000, primary school students ¥2,000, children aged 4-6 ¥1,000, all with non-alcoholic drinks, of course). Just keep an eye on the weather forecast, as both terraces close in the case of heavy rain. The Tokyo Tower Cho-Ten Highball Garden at the base of the tower is open until October 2, from 4pm-8.30pm (until 9.30pm in June) on weekdays and 12noon-10.30pm on Sat, Sun & holidays (until 9.30pm in June). The Tokyo Tower Rooftop Highball Garden is open until October 10, from 5pm-10.30pm daily (until 9.30pm in June). Make your reservations here.