Tokyo’s nightlife is legendary and caters for every whim and want imaginable, but with strict restrictions on serving food and alcohol outdoors, and with Tokyo experiencing four seasons throughout the year, rooftop bars are a rare find in the Japanese capital. We asked our Japan-based Travel Specialists for their top 3 choices for open-air drinks with a view.
Roku Nana (Roppongi)
A hard-to-find address in the backstreets of Roppongi has given this anonymous open-air bar an element of mystique that few bars can match. Open year-round, the alfresco terrace at Roku Nana (which translates to ‘Six Seven’) is equipped with life-preserving heaters permit patronage no matter which season you choose to visit. Our tip: if you can’t locate the ‘secret’ bar, don’t be afraid to give them a call and ask for directions: Roku Nana, Verde Roppongi 3/F, 7-16-11 Roppongi, +81 (0) 3 6438 9915.
Two Rooms (Ometesando)
Ultra sleek with a modern design, Two Rooms is one of Tokyo’s most glamorous bars with an especially sought-after roof terrace. Located at the top of the AO Building in the upscale Ometesando area popular with fashionistas, the rich walnut flooring and plush leather furnishings reflect a distinct standard of class which comes at a price – expect to pay in the region of US$18 per cocktail. An 1,800-bottle walk-in cellar and private dining room complement the stunning terrace views – a vista you’ll need to arrive early to see.
Andaz Tokyo (Toranomon)
OK, strictly speaking, including the Andaz in this list is cheating somewhat as it has yet to open. Although we’ve yet to see the finished product however, the concept of what they are building has excited us, especially given the limited number of alfresco options in the Japanese capital. Our locally based Travel Specialists have heard big claims that the 52nd floor penthouse bar will set a new standard to follow for the rest of the city when it flings its doors open halfway through 2014. Watch this space!
If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo and would like more advice on what to see and where to go, be sure to contact our Japan Travel Specialists who will be happy to tailor any of our Japan tours to your personal preferences.