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Niwa no Yu
Zen-sational retreat nestled in Kenzo Kosugi-designed gardens. Sit back and relax in his n’ hers baths, or brave hearts can plump for the co-ed Finnish sauna, plus Jacuzzi and swimming pool.
3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima-ku Nerima-ku
U-don want to miss an atmos-packed noodle nosh at this Kengo Kuma-renovated centenarian warehouse. Serene garden views, and springy kamaage draw the brainiacs from nearby Tokyo University for lunch, an extensive liquor cabinet brings them back after class.
2-14-18 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku Bunkyo-ku
A must. First, have your hotel run you up a picnic, then cab it to the main entrance near Harajuku Station. Exquisitely simple and peaceful, this Shinto shrine in a huge park is the most important in Tokyo. After, face the shrine, exit left out of the courtyard, follow the maps to the Treasure House (don’t go in), and have your picnic under a tree in the meadow. If it’s Sunday, venture on to Yoyogi Park and Takeshita Street.
1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku Shibuya-ku