The impressive Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens was built in 1629 and is designated as one of Japan’s Special Historic Sites as well as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Take a stroll around the beautifully landscaped grounds with its picturesque ponds, fairytale bridges and wealth of seasonal blossoms before taking up a window seat inside Kantoku-tei tearoom. The décor is a little rudimentary and you may find yourself sharing a table with a couple of salarymen who seem to flock here for the affordable lunch sets, but turn your attention towards the view and none of that will matter. Also, your matcha tea set will cost a mere ¥540.
1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku
|Opening hours:||Lunch 12noon-4pm (LO 3.30pm), dinner: 5pm-8.30pm (LO 7.50pm), not open every day so it’s best to call ahead to check|
|Transport:||Iidabashi Station (Sobu, Tozai, Yurakucho, Namboku, Oedo lines); Korakuen Station (Namboku, Marunouchi lines)|