Nightlife

Teahouse in Harajuku & Aoyama

Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

Tea master (and former bartender) Sakurai Shinya's contemporary take on the tea ceremony is a must for anyone hoping to be better acquainted with Japan's signature brew. The course includes several varieties – you m…
Beer Garden in Harajuku & Aoyama

Beer Terrace Sekirei

The elegant Meiji Kinenkan is one of the city's most sought after wedding venues. In summer evenings, from mid-May to mid-September, however, the neatly clipped lawn opens to all for the annual beer garden. Food and…
Coffee in Harajuku & Aoyama

Koffee Mameya

At any given time, Koffee Mameya (heir to the beloved Omotesando Koffee) has 15 to 20 different varieties of beans on rotation from indie roasters around Japan (and some from overseas) – single-origins and blends, o…
Bar in Harajuku & Aoyama

Two Rooms

Expect a crowd dressed like they don’t care that wine by the glass starts at ¥1600. You can eat here too, but the real scene is at night by the bar. The terrace has sweeping views towards the Shinjuku skyline. Call …
Cafe in Harajuku & Aoyama

A to Z Cafe

Artist Yoshitomo Nara (known for his portraits of punkish tots) teamed up with design firm Graf to create this spacious and only slightly off-kilter cafe. Along with wooden schoolhouse chairs, whitewashed walls and …
Pub in Harajuku & Aoyama

Harajuku Taproom

Baird’s Brewery is one of Japan’s most successful and consistently good craft breweries. This is one of its two Tokyo outposts, where you can sample more than a dozen of its beers on tap; try the top-selling Rising …
Cafe in Harajuku & Aoyama

Little Nap Coffee Stand

Few people enter Yoyogi-kōen from the entrance near the subway stop of the same name, except those who live nearby. Odds are, on their way, they've stopped by Little Nap for a well-crafted latte (¥450). On Sundays, …
Cafe in Harajuku & Aoyama

Montoak

This stylish, tinted-glass cube is a calm, dimly lit retreat from the busy streets. It’s perfect for holing up with a pot of tea or carafe of wine and watching the crowds go by. Or, if the weather is nice, score a s…
Beer Garden in Harajuku & Aoyama

Mori no Beer Garden

Following a long-standing Tokyo summer tradition, this corner of Meiji-jingū Gaien becomes a loud and lively beer garden – with seating for 1000 around a grand, century-old tree. Reserve ahead (online) for two hours…
Cafe in Harajuku & Aoyama

Anniversaire Café

This is Omote-sando's prime people-watching spot, a Parisian-style cafe with terrace seating. It's not cheap (drinks cost around ¥1000), but think of it as renting a table-sized spot on one of the city's most expens…