As the weather warms up, Tokyoites hit the great outdoors for some of the best things to do in the city: picnic parks, alfresco dining, and even these rooftop restaurants and bars. Order your cocktail, take in the picturesque city skyline and raise a glass to the spectacular view.
Just a few steps away from the bustle of Asakusa, the Amuse Museum's rooftop bar overlooks Sensoji and its iconic five-storey pagoda. Wine and Belgian beers can be combined with quality pizza – try the pesto one flavoured with sansho pepper – while the Skytree views are well worth a look as well.
City views, wide open spaces, shiny cube-shaped furniture… Omotesando's Two Rooms Bar & Grill is a restaurant that has it all. Enjoy top-notch steaks, fresh teppan-grilled fish and a fine bottle of plonk with a side of cooling breezes and cityscapes, or head back for more of the same at one of their famous weekend brunch sessions. Bliss.
Although they're right there underneath you, the love hotels and host clubs of Kabukicho feel a million miles away from the Shinjuku Granbell’s 13th-floor bar. Renovated last summer, it’s become even more comfy thanks to the addition of exotic-looking plants and other greenery, while the views of Nishi-Shinjuku’s sparkling skyline are as spectacular as ever. Happy hour, when all drinks go for ¥500, is every day from 5pm to 7pm.
A comfy café and bar found on the rooftop of a well worn building right next to Sangenjaya Station, A-Bridge charms with an anti-commercial ethos befitting its neighbourhood close to the local jumble of izakayas and small bars known as Sankaku Chitai. Catch the sunset early in the evening and stick around for a DJ set or indie gig.
The wealth of nearby attractions include Loft,the Onitsuka Tiger flagship store or the new Koe hotel, so you might be forgiven for overlooking this stylish rooftop restaurant in the building next to Shibuya's Modi. Its popular rooftop terrace beer garden is open between mid-May and the end of summer.
Where better to enjoy a satisfying fix of Mexican cuisine than on a rooftop? Hacienda del Cielo's ninth-floor terrace is a perfect setting to chomp on freshly prepared guacamole and spicy fajitas, washed down with fiery chilli-infused Cajun martinis. Inside is no less impressive, mind – lounge-style furniture, high ceilings and a chandelier modelled on Kukulkan separate it from the pack.
Recommended especially as an impressive date spot or place to celebrate a special occasion, this Aoyama spot wows with its designer furniture, courtesy of high-end Italian maker Cassina, refined atmosphere and Italian-French-Californian fusion cuisine.
Xex by name, Xexy by nature – this romantic restaurant/bar complex combines a heady mix of sultry jazz and quality cocktails, resulting in a romantic, beachy vibe. The terrace knocks it up another notch with a potent mix of flickering lanterns and reflective water features that'll bring out the holiday spirit in even the most hardened workaholic.
Worth consideration especially for those special occasions, Casita has that luxury resort feel right in the heart of the city. The main dining area with its upscale Italian fare is suitable for an intimate date, while the terrace is more laidback with its colourful tapas and free-flowing plonk. Warm evenings are when to catch the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
Sitting pretty in the middle of Kagurazaka, this chic, modern Italian restaurant is best known for its spacious and comfy terrace. Stagione serves very respectable fare, including well-prepared Neapolitan pizzas, while the rooftop area turns into a beer garden in summer. Suds and spumanti go for ¥650 a glass, just so you know.
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