Built in the early 17th century, the Happo-en Garden incorporates a natural stream that feeds the ponds. The teahouse and kaiseki restaurant (kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) were added in the 19th century and both are still in operation today. Today, the garden is often used for weddings (there’s even a wedding chapel here) as well as welcoming visitors from around the world for a cup of green tea, served in traditional style. For visitors short on time, guided city tours stop at the garden as part of a multi-site tour of the city.
Things to know before you go
- Book a tour in advance to experience a Japanese tea ceremony at the tea house.
- The garden is wheelchair accessible.
- Entry to the garden is free.
How to get there
Happo-en garden is in the Shirokanedai neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan. The closest metros are JR Meguro station and JR Shirokanedai station. You can also get to the area by bus, car, or taxi. Guided city tours are another way to visit.
When to get there
The garden is open all year round. Spring Festival (late March/early April), when thousands of cherry blossom trees come into bloom across Tokyo, sees many people descend on the garden to enjoy the spectacle of the trees in bloom. Weekends are the busiest time to visit year-round, especially Saturday afternoons; plan your visit outside of these times to avoid the crowds.
Visit Tokyo’s Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Close to Happo-en Garden and housed in the former residence of Prince Asaka of Japan, the art deco Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum offers exhibitions about decorative arts and photography and also has a traditional Japanese garden. The building itself is also worthy of note, with interior features by French glassmaker René Lalique.
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