Baikatei: A Sweet for All Seasons
Up for a bit of time travel in Tokyo? Step onto the hallowed grounds of one of the two Baikatei sweetshops in the Kagurazaka district. From the architecture, to the artisans and sellers of the wagashi sweets, the stores are steeped in tradition. There is also a sense of pride generously sprinkled with gracious humility.
Tokyo’s Garden Lounge in the New Otani Hotel rivals London’s Savoy afternoon tea. Japanese is famous for improving on an idea. Floor to floor windows reveal traditional Japanese gardens taken to the zenith. Dramatic waterfalls, well-fed koi and paths wind through manicured perfection. (It’s a great place to explore after consuming the gourmet afternoon tea.)