Located within the verdant grounds of Meiji Shrine’s Outer Garden, the Forest Beer Garden is Tokyo’s largest open-air beer garden, accommodating up to 1,000 guests. Open from late May to mid-September, this enchanting oasis provides a respite from the city’s hustle and bustle, offering an idyllic setting for an alfresco dining experience.

What to Expect

Forrest Beer Garden Meiji Outer Garden

True to its name, the Forest Beer Garden offers an extensive beer menu, featuring local and imported brews that can be enjoyed in the cooling shade of towering trees. But it isn’t just about beer – you can also sample other drinks, including cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic options.

Food at the Forest Beer Garden is served buffet-style, featuring an array of Japanese and Western-style dishes, including salads, grilled meats, and delightful desserts. The main highlight, however, is the grill-your-own BBQ offering. Tables come equipped with a central grill where you can cook your selection of fresh meats and vegetables, adding a fun, interactive element to the dining experience.

Dining Packages

The Forest Beer Garden features an all-you-can-eat-and-drink course that lasts for two hours. At ¥4,600 per person, you’ll be able to savor a plethora of grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables. Included in this course is the signature “Jingisukan” (Ghengis Khan) dish, a scrumptious treat featuring grilled mutton. You can indulge in an array of free-flowing drinks, including draft beers, highballs, sours, and more.

For those looking for a non-alcoholic option, the beer garden offers a soft drink plan for ¥3,600, which features a variety of sodas, teas, and non-alcoholic beers.

Visiting the Beer Garden

The Forest Beer Garden typically operates from late May to mid-September, perfect for those balmy summer evenings. Open seven days a week, it can get busy during the peak season, especially on weekends. Reservations are accepted and recommended for larger groups or those seeking to visit during peak times.

Location and Hours

Situated in Meiji Jingu Gaien just a 10-minute stroll from JR Shinanomachi Station and JR Sendagaya Station, the Forest Beer Garden is easily accessible. Operating hours are typically from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Last order for food at 9:00 PM and drinks at 9:30 PM), but these can vary, so visitors are encouraged to check the official website for up-to-date information. Given its popularity, reservations are highly recommended, especially for larger groups and weekend visits.


Given its popularity among both locals and tourists alike, it’s strongly recommended to make a reservation at the Forest Beer Garden, especially if you’re planning to visit in a larger group or over the weekend. Reservations can be made through their official website, which provides an easy-to-use online booking system.


In 2023, the Forest Beer Garden opens its doors on May 21st and continues serving guests until September 24th, allowing you to make the most of Tokyo’s warm summer days and cooler evenings. However, do keep an eye on their official website or social media channels for any changes or updates related to their operating schedule.

The Sum Up

With the serene backdrop of Meiji Shrine’s Outer Garden and the tantalizing offerings of barbecued delights and refreshing beverages, the Forest Beer Garden truly is a must-visit locale in Tokyo’s warmer months. It perfectly captures the spirit of summer in the city, providing a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the great outdoors in the heart of one of the world’s busiest metropolises.

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