The view from the large restaurant windows is beauty itself
Right in the heart of Tokyo is Happo-en in the middle of a lushly green upscale neighborhood. On the 40,000 sq. meters of land, there is a restaurant, wedding hall and party facilities along with the Japanese garden whose name means “beautiful from any angle” and whose beauty has been retained.
Happo-en was once the residence of a vassal of the Edo shogunate. Later, as ownership changed over the generations, industrialist Fusanosuke Kuhara came into possession of the land in 1915 where he constructed facilities and a garden. In 1950, a genuine ryotei restaurant with a Japanese garden was established, and currently, there is a wedding hall which has made a name for itself and also a restaurant known for its excellent menu, facilities that are continuing to pass on the fame of the garden.
At the garden, there are cherry trees which blossom in the spring, and the view from the large windows for the connected Japanese and Western-style restaurants is beauty in itself. Also, there is a waterfall and a small stream arranged around a pond, and the sound of the water provides a cooling feeling. The fall foliage and the evergreen bonsai collection during the winter are wonderful, and you can enjoy the changing nature over the year alongside the beautiful garden.
Since you can sightsee in the garden for free through a walk there once you use its facilities, having lunch and tea during a visit and then taking a stroll is great. At Happo-en, there is a course which includes experiencing a formal tea ceremony and a garden walk, so why not try that?
At Happo-en where you can enjoy true kaiseki cuisine, a Western-style lunch while viewing the garden, and the tea ceremony at a genuine teahouse, there are many examples of Japanese elegance that you can experience.