The best barbecue is the one you grill yourself. You may think this would be difficult in the city, what with a limited yard and garden space, but in actual fact, there are plenty of spots around Tokyo in which to get your grill on.
This barbecue area in Ariake is perfect for those of you who have absolutely no equipment of your own, including food. You can simply turn up at Sona Area Tokyo BBQ Garden empty-handed, and for a fee, you can rent equipment – including tarps for sitting on and under, – and buy the food to cook. The length of stay is restricted to three hours.
Where: 3 Chome-8-35 Ariake, Koto
Like the above Sona Area BBQ Garden, Showa Memorial park is great for inner-city barbecuing if you have no equipment. You can rent entire BBQ sets including utensils for 6,700 JPY, and you can buy dinner platters including seafood, noodles or (of course) meat. Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash, and Showa Memorial Park is a lovely spot to wander around once you have had your fill.
If you like camping in the great outdoors as you barbecue your dinner, but have neither the time, opportunity or even desire to actually get to the great outdoors, then this urban outdoor park may be your kind of thing. Perfect for families, this ‘glamping’ experience includes high-end BBQ facilities as well as events and workshop area.
Where: 6-1-23 Toyosu, Koto-ku
After a day slaving over a hot BBQ stove, sometimes you (or at least your kids) may want to take a quick dip to cool off, which is one of the reasons why the barbecue garden at Tamagawa Ryokuchi Park is a good option for families. Just a five-minute walk from Fukato Tamagawa station you can rent equipment, but you must bring your own food.
As well as a barbecue spot with cleaning facilities, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy at Tatsuminomori Seaside Park. Whether pétanque, mini-golf, or tennis, you can be sure to find something to work off all that barbecued food. There is also a pet run, but unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the BBQ area.
Where: 2-1-35 Tatsumi, Koto
Like at Tatsuminomori Seaside Park, you will need to bring your own equipment and food to Yumenoshima Park. However, should you do so you will find that the park itself lives up to its name, Island of Dreams. It is a pretty little man-made park that includes a tropical greenhouse dome featuring various plant life from the Ogasawara Islands as well as a waterfall.
Where: Yumenoshima, Koto
If all of that sounds a little too much like roughing it for your tastes, then perhaps the BBQ Terrace at Diver City (also known as Odaiba City) is a better choice. With space for 400 people, just bring your own food and drink as all the equipment is there ready for your use. As well as the pleasure of having all the fun of the BBQ experience without any of the hassles, you can also enjoy the lovely city view afforded from the grass-covered terrace.