Rooftop Dining

Nihonbashi Takashimaya

A fun food tip in Tokyo are the rooftop picnic areas on department stores. It’s a great spot to enjoy a casual meal. This is Nihonbashi Takashimaya. The basement depachika food halls are filled with many options for lunch. Coloful #bento boxes, onigiri rice balls, sandwiches, salads, sushi, and much more. The rooftop picnic areas often have a vending machine for tea, water, and coffee. 

When I worked at Takashimaya in the depachika one of the managers on the floor told me I should encourage visitors to take a bento on the rooftop. He said to recommend getting a chilled beer or a small bottle of saké. Ask for small tasting cups if you get a bottle of saké.

Another benefit of dining on the rooftop is that each person can pick their own lunch. I am also still nervous about dining indoors with other people. So the rooftop is an outdoor picnic is easy to socially distance.

Fried fugu pufferfish 🐡 bentō.

My bento this day was a fried #fugu. I don’t get to eat #pufferfish often, but my favorite way to enjoy it is deep-fried. It’s delicious, even at room temperature.

Many department stores have rooftop gardens. Double check at the concierge or with staff if there is an okujō 屋上 rooftop area if you’re not sure.

Nihonbashi Takashimaya @takashimaya_nihombashi

Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi @mitsukoshi_nihombashi

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Shinjuku Isetan @isetan_shinjuku

Shinjuku Takashimaya @shinjuku_takashimaya

Ikebukuro Tobu @tobu_ikebukuro

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