This gorgeous oasis is actually the grounds of a banquet hall, but anyone is free to enter and walk through the gardens (though some...
Get a feel for wabi-sabi – the aesthetic of perfect imperfections that guides the tea ceremony – at this museum specialising in the...
Institute for Nature Study
What would Tokyo look like left to its own natural devices? Since 1949 this park, affiliated with the Tokyo National Museum, has let the...
Another of the old Terrade Warehouses on Tennōzu Isle has morphed into this spacious bakery-cafe with a waterside terrace. It's run by...
2-11-1 Takanawa · interesting places nearby
The story of the 47 rōnin (masterless samurai) who avenged their master, Lord Asano – put to death after being tricked into pulling a sword on a rival – is legend in Japan. They were condemned to commit seppuku (ritual disembowelment) and their remains were buried at this temple. It's a sombre place, with fresh incense rising from the tombs, placed there by visitors moved by the samurai's loyalty.
There is a small exhibition hall (admission adult/child ¥500/250) with artefacts and a video (available in English) that illustrate the story of the rōnin .