In the ocean, in a rice field, on a farm… these beer gardens take outdoor bars to a whole new level!
One of the best ways to enjoy warm weather after a cold winter and chilly spring is to go to a Japanese beer garden, savoring the summer in a rooftop or outdoor bar/restaurant. Every year tons of options pop up, but there might not be any like the new beer gardens that just opened in four popular resorts across Japan. White sand beaches, rice fields overflowing with greenery, peaceful farms… What better way to cool off?
Resort Risonare, which has five luxury resorts in some of Japan’s top travel spots, is on a mission to bring out the charms of each location, and they’ve really upped their game with the addition of these new outdoor cafes. Their Kohama Island Resortfor example, which is on an island to the southwest Okinawa Prefecturehas tables and chairs sitting in the crystal clear waters of the ocean.
When you feel the cool water rolling over your feet and gaze out at the expanse of blue sky, you can taste Okinawa craft beer and try local foods like goya chips, made from the famous Okinawa bitter melon.
More beach vibes can be found at beer garden in Atami resort a short bullet train ride from Tokyo. Located at Sorano Beach Books & Cafe, on the top floor of the resort, it offers a splendid view of the sparkling blue waters of Sagami Bay of a can-themed interior with can-shaped tables and chairs.
Shizuoka Prefecture, in which Atami is located, has a famous craft beer sceneand you will of course be able to taste some of them as well as the region’s flagship product, canned food. But maybe the highlight is the beer and canned food that comes in original cans of Risonare Atamithat it can be tempting to keep as a souvenir of your stay.
The resort Nasu located northeast of Tokyo, at the foot of Mount Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture, is where you can get your fill of the Japanese countryside. Their beer garden is located in the center of a rice field bordered by mountains so that you can fully enjoy the classic “satoyama” beauty of Japan.
The Nasu Beer Garden also offers local craft beers such as Nasu Kogen Beer and NASU from SUNA, and a tasting of seasonal vegetable pickles harvested from the resort’s garden.
If you fancy a taste of farm life, but with more animals and fewer crops, you’ll probably enjoy the Risonare Tomamu Beer Gardenwhich is located on the vast grounds of an animal farm in the heart of Hokkaido.
The beer garden there worked a privileged partnership with a local brewery to offer five different kinds of craft beer, and for food, there are delicious options like cheese fries and an original tokibi recipe, that’s what they call corn in Hokkaido.
If you’re looking for a fantastic way to soak up the sun and heat of summer this year, you’ll definitely want to book a stay at one of these resorts, as their beer gardens are only open to resort guests. Naturally, you’ll want to book for good weather, so maybe wait until the rainy season is over before you go. But if you feel like traveling now, check out this list of destinations that are beautiful even on rainy days. Clearly, Japan has no shortage of beautiful destinations!
Source, images: @Press
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