1. Four Seasons Otemachi
    Photo: Four Seasons Otemachi
  2. Cé La Vi, Shibuya
    Photo: Cé La Vi
  3. アシエンダ デル シエロ モダンメキシカーノ
    Photo: Hacienda del Cielo
  4. ザ・ゲートホテル雷門 Rレストラン & バー
    ザ・ゲートホテル雷門 Rレストラン & バーR Restaurant & Bar

Best rooftop bars and restaurants in Tokyo

For cool cocktails and spectacular views, make your way to the best rooftop bars and restaurants Tokyo has to offer

Written by
Time Out Tokyo Editors

When the weather is clear, Tokyoites hit the great outdoors for some of the best things to do in the city: strolling Tokyo's lush parks, marvelling at a Japanese garden, catching free works of art, and even dining up high at these stunning rooftop restaurants and bars. Order your cocktail, take in the picturesque city skyline and raise a glass to Tokyo's spectacular views.

Note: these restaurants and bars might close early depending on the current Covid-19 measures imposed by the authorities. Please check with the individual outlets for the latest business hours.

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The high life

  • Nightlife
  • Shibuya

An outpost of the popular sky-high bar on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Tokyo’s Cé La Vi may not be as vertigo-inducing as its Southeast Asian counterpart, but it still commands a good view of the iconic Shibuya Scramble. This multitalented venue covers two floors on the rooftop of Shibuya Fukuras, and features a restaurant, rooftop bar and club.

On the 17th floor, you’ll find the café-bar Bao by Cé La Vi, as well as the alfresco Cé La Vi Club Lounge complete with a DJ station. The Cé La Vi Restaurant & Sky Bar on the 18th floor has a more exclusive setting, offering a luxurious food menu with a side of Shibuya skyline views. Both floors feature outdoor seating with cosy lounges, making them the perfect hangout during the warmer months.

  • Hotels
  • Otemachi

Four Seasons Otemachi has some serious views and makes use of its prime real estate with two restaurants featuring a spacious open terrace. With the hotel located right at the edge of the Imperial Palace, you get unobstructed views of the lush royal grounds and can see Tokyo for miles on end. 

Pigneto, the hotel's Italian restaurant, is an ideal spot to catch the sunset and is particuarly popular during its Aperitivo Hour featuring free-flow drinks and small Italian bites to match. 

On the other hand, Est is the resident French-Japanse restaurant where you can dine on artful confectionaries crafted by pastry chef Michele Abbatemarco or savour an alfresco apéritif on the sky-high terrace.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Asakusa

It's taken a surprisingly long time for word to spread about the 13th floor restaurant at Asakusa's The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon – maybe because everybody who's been there was hoping to keep the place to themselves. The menu of bistro-style French food – including dishes like Burgundy-style sauteed scallops and onion gratin soup – is well executed and surprisingly good value. But it's the scenery that really ought to be luring the crowds here: whether you're gazing from behind the floor-to-ceiling windows or sat out on the terrace, you can enjoy one of the best vistas that eastern Tokyo has to offer, crowned by an uninterrupted view of Tokyo Skytree.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Daikanyama

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.

Two Rooms Grill & Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Grills
  • Omotesando

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.

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
  • Hotels
  • Higashi-Shinjuku

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. The hotel's bar has 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.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • Sangenjaya

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 izakaya and small bars that make up the local yokocho, Sankaku Chitai. Catch the sunset early in the evening and stick around for a DJ set or indie gig.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Aoyama

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.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Iidabashi

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 works as an ideal spot for parties and even weddings. While you're at it, don't miss their stellar wine menu featuring a number of vinos all from Italy.

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