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Nature therapy at Happo-en! Tea time overviewing a Japanese garden

Do you sometimes miss nature, but don’t have the time to go to the mountains and hike? In that case, we recommend visiting Happo-en. Here, you can enjoy afternoon tea while looking at a beautiful Japanese garden.

The entrance gate of Happo-en

Happo-en in Tokyo’s Shirokane area is a restaurant and wedding venue. There is also a Japanese stroll garden on the vast grounds, with a pond in the center. This type of garden is called ‘kaiyu-shiki teien’ (which means “garden for strolling around”). Enjoy the beautiful scenery of each season! Some highlights inside the garden include their bonsai trees (some of them are over 500 years old!) and various historic buildings, such as a teahouse.

The terrace seatings are located on a large balcony. Thanks to the heaters, you won’t freeze ー even during the colder seasons.

When you visit the venue, head to their terrace restaurant Thrush Café overlooking the Japanese garden. Ask for a cake set and enjoy the beautiful garden view from the terrace seats!

Look at this beautiful panoramic view!

A seat outside, the sun on your skin, a beautiful view and a rich chocolate cake! What else do you need?

After a wonderful afternoon tea, it’s time for a walk in the Japanese garden! The garden is open to any guest or visitor of the Happo-en facilities.

Their bonsai exhibition is really impressive.

The number on the plate shows the estimated age of the tree. In the case of this Karin tree, it is said to be about 95 years old.

You can see seasonal flowers and trees everywhere in the garden. It’s like nature therapy.

Autumn leaves reflected in the pond.

Colorful carps gracefully swimming in the pond.

If you want to get in touch with nature and get some “nature therapy” in the city, just head to Happo-en. Have a wonderful time!


* Happo-en is implementing measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. For further details, please refer to this homepage:

Happo-en Tokyo


Thrush Café

1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/CMpwKHDrHm3bUvDu9
Nearest stations: Shirokanedai Station, Meguro Station


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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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