Located in an upscale residential area in Tokyo, Happo-en is a popular wedding venue, known for its vast and beautiful Japanese garden (going back to the early Edo period in the 17th century). Visitors may stroll through the garden freely and leisurely. Relax, have tea or dine at this manicured estate full of traditional ambiance, rich in nature, away from urban hustle and bustle, yet easily accessible.
The landscaped garden is ornamented with a koi carp pond, “Bonsai Road” (some of the bonsais are more than 500 years old), a Japanese tea house, as well as a Shinto shrine. Its look changes according to the seasons, with cherry blossoms, tender green leaves and autumn leaves. Also, chances are that you may meet just-wed couples clad in wedding costumes and taking photos in the picturesque natural setting.
At the tea house “Muan”, try matcha tea with delicate Japanese sweets, or experience tea ceremony in a casual style. You may also opt for coffee or lunch at “Thrush Café” (with a terrace) and the Japanese restaurant “Enju”, overlooking the garden (reservation recommended).
If you care for activities, how about “garden walk” (guided walk followed by a meal; weekdays only) or traditional cultural experiences (flower arrangement, tea ceremony, etc.)? Check out also frequent events organized by Happo-en, such as: cherry blossom festival, summer festival, autumn leaves light ups, tea parties, concerts, sake and wine events and feasts with geishas!
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Place name Happo-en (in Japanese) 八芳園 Website go to website Phone 03-3443-3111 main number
03-3441-7888 reservation (banquets, walks, cultural experiences 10 am -7 pm)
03-3443-3775 Tea house “Muan” (11 am – 4 pm)
Dates Open every day (except for the end-of-the year and New Year’s holidays) Opening hours 10 am – 10 pm
*opening hours vary according to restaurants and cafes
Price According to menus
*Admission to the garden is free
Address 1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo Getting there
- 5 min by Happo-en Shuttle bus or taxi from Shinagawa Station (JR Lines: Takanawa Exit)
- 1 min walk from Shirokanedai Eki-mae Bus Stop (from Shinagawa Station, take Toei Bus “Shina93” <品93> for Meguro Station)
- 15 min walk from Meguro Station (JR Yamanote Line: East Exit, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Tokyu Meguro Line, Toei Mita Line)
* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.