Last night, in Tokyo living a Travelife, after a lovely dinner at the Chinzanso, we took a walk around the magical gardens of the hotel.
I’d been coming here ever since the hotel first opened as the Four Seasons Chinzanso, but I hadn’t been in the last five years or so.
On January 1 of this year, the hotel reverted to the sole management of the Japanese owner, Fujita Kanko.
Just a few more days to buy this special issue of Travelife Magazine. On sale until August 15…
MAGIC IN THE HEART OF TOKYO
I’d completely forgotten just how magical these gardens are, located in the heart of old, aristocratic Tokyo.
These truly are among the most beautiful gardens of Tokyo, and certainly the loveliest one that is open to the public.
If you visit Tokyo, this is certainly one special place to stay in.
But even if you decide not to stay, you must at least come for dinner and a walk in the gardens after. It has some wonderful traditional restaurants in the gardens which I highly recommend for an experience of how Tokyo used to be like.
Even for me, it’s a reminder of the good old days of Japan.
MEMORIES OF THE CHINZANSO
The first time I’d visited the Chinzanso was as a graduate student in Tokyo.
One of my professors had an apartment just around the corner from here and he’d asked me to house-sit for the summer since he was off to Europe.
I’d happily agreed, eager to experience living in this part of town, which was — at least until then — a part of Tokyo I didn’t really know.
And what a fascinating part of town this truly is, since many noble pre-war families had their estates near here.