A local’s guide to Tokyo: 10 top tips

Tokyo hums with brilliant restaurants, manga haunts and sake bars, but there are peaceful gardens and temples, too

Tea is indispensable in Japanese life. One of my favourite cafes is Kosoan, set in a traditional house built over a century ago – the antique furniture adds to the refined decor. Busy Tokyo feels a world away as you gaze at the lovely Japanese garden. It’s a soothing stop for a bowl of matcha. Also try Cha Cha No Ma in Harajuku, where tea “sommelier” Yoshi Watada serves teas from all over Japan, accompanied by homemade sweets (chachanoma.com). If you want to buy sweets, visit Mizuho in the same area; it sells two things: mame daifuku, mochi rice cake stuffed with red bean paste, and monaka, wafers filled with bean paste.
Kosoan, 1-24-23 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, kosoan.co.jp

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