Tokyo, Japan (Edogawabashi Station)
Located in central Tokyo, the closest station to the unassuming Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is the Edogawabashi metro stop. After a 10 minute walk from the station through neighborhoods, the hotel is surrounded by trees. Behind the hotel is a large green area that’s nice to see during all seasons (spring is supposed to be best during cherry blossom season). I would recommend walking through the Japanese garden either before or after tea.
Le Jardin has a good view of the garden, but to make the most of this, make sure to get a seat by the window. I wasn’t lucky that day due to the popularity of the limited offer tea.
The Chinzanso offers a number of options for tea. They have an afternoon and evening tea every day, but also often have special limited offer tea. In general, the afternoon and evening tea differ only in time and the absence of scones for the evening tea. Unfortunately, specific information about limited offer teas and menu details are only in Japanese (see links below).
I happened to go when they were offering a limited offer L’Occitane en Provence sponsored afternoon tea. This included menu flavors inspired by L’Occitane (herbs, lavender, etc.) and a limited number of lotion given as gifts.
The food was proportioned for the Japanese palate, small and dainty items to eat. It was good overall, but nothing was a standout. The jelly, in particular, was unappealing, reminiscent of some kind of cleaning product.
The food wasn’t outstanding tea fare, but still good. I think that if your objective is to drink some nice teas with a view of a Japanese garden, this is a good option for you.
Tea 4/5, unlimited, 20 teas to choose from
Atmosphere 3/5, ask for a seat by the window