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5 Restaurants and Cafes Where You Can Enjoy Tokyo’s Beautiful Autumn Foliage

There are plenty of places in the outskirts and prefectures around Tokyo that are famous for autumn foliage, but actually you can see them in Tokyo too. Here are some restaurants and cafes where you can gaze at the foliage while having a meal.


1. Hibiya Matsumotoro

Hibiya Matsumotoro is a restaurant inside a forest within Hibiya Park. The Grill & Garden Terrace on the 1st floor offers Western-style food and has been loved for decades, while the Bois de Boulogne area on the 3rd floor offers genuine French cuisine. The recommendation is a terrace seat on the first floor where you can see the autumn foliage nearby. It's always popular during lunch. Why not eat their popular omelette rice while gazing at the foliage after taking a walk in the autumnal breeze through Hibiya Park?

2. Thrush Cafe

This cafe is in Happoen, a garden that was named such because it's beautiful from all directions ("shihouhappou"). You can see the garden from every seat within the cafe, but the recommended area is the terrace. It's a popular area so you should make prior reservations. The salad made with fresh vegetables that arrive every day from contracted farmers and their carefully homemade bread are very popular. They can help create surprises for events like birthdays and anniversaries. There are English-speaking staff members, so if you have any questions, you can ask them freely. Make the best memories in this lovely area.

3. Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai

This traditional Japanese restaurant was built in the middle of a Japanese garden where you can gaze at Tokyo Tower right before your eyes. A Japanese garden is made with a pond in the middle surrounded by rocks and plans so you can enjoy the scenery all year round. Once you pass through the stately gate and approach the inside of the restaurant from which you can look out at the foliage of the garden, your heart will quickly be stolen by the scenery. The tables are in traditional Japanese private rooms and there you can try their carefully made tofu and Japanese course meals made with seasonal ingredients for a feast that's as beautiful as it is delicious. You can leisurely enjoy your meal in a luxurious space that will make you forget you're in the middle of Tokyo.

3. Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai

4. Kinsui

This traditional Japanese restaurant is near the pond in the Japanese garden that's part of Hotel Chinzanso. Groups of 2 to 60 can leisurely enjoy kaiseki course meals focusing on one broth and three dishes (sashimi, something grilled, something stewed) with sides of rice, miso soup, pickles, and fruit in a private room. The scrupulously maintained garden is an elegant sight and that coupled with the high-class hospitality you'll receive at the restaurant, this place is recommended for those that want to experience luxury. After you eat, please enjoy a walk around the garden to see sights like the foliage and the three-storied pagoda up close.
*You cannot enter Kinsui wearing sandals or shorts.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.

5. Kihachi Aoyama Main Branch

The line of ginkgo trees in Meiji Jingu Gaien is often used in Japanese dramas and films. While it's recommended that you go when they're green, mid-November to the beginning of October is definitely another time to visit. The garden terrace seats of Kihachi Aoyama, built so that it's lined up with the trees, can be called special seats. The inside is built using an open kitchen so you can watch the chef's techniques, so the food is prepared like it was a show. They use seasonal ingredients to create nothing but delicious meals that surpass genres and are full of ideas. The food will make the foliage seem even more beautiful.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.

The autumn foliage, which changes color thanks to the change in temperature between the day and evening, is so beautiful in Japan that it creates sights that don't lose to flowers. Please enjoy your meals while gazing out at the trees.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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