Since it was full-on Spring while we were in Tokyo, we decided to check out some of Tokyo’s famous gardens. On the way there we stopped at a restaurant to get a western-style meal.
Mostly because they advertised that they sold apple pie.
It was a bot expensive, but good. And it was nice to have some western food for a change. We were especially craving the pie.
We continued to Hama-Rikyu gardens, named after a famous tea ceremony instructor.
It’s kind of weird seeing this amount of greenery in the midst of an enormous city. These pictures were taken on top of a hill, but if you are down in the gardens it’s hard to even tell you are in a city.
There is also a lovely tea house in the middle of the lake, but it was very crowded so we didn’t go in.
The highlight is the 300-year-old black pine tree planted by the 6th Tokugawa shogun:
It is the oldest black pine in Tokyo.