I lied, OK, I lied. Koishikawa was not my last autumn photos for 2011, although in my defence, m'lud, I didn't specifically go hunting for autumn leaves. I just went for a walk next to the Kanda River, and then I played peek-a-boo with a cat at a small shrine called Suijinja (水神社), and then I had tea with a friend at the Four Seasons Hotel at Chinzan-so.
The garden at Chinzan-so is breathtaking in autumn, and the hotel offers the best British afternoon tea in Tokyo at their Le Jardin restaurant. Provided you're willing to pay ¥3500 for tea, sandwiches and cakes; or ¥4500 if you add a glass of champagne. Think it's expensive? Afternoon tea at The Ritz in London is between £42 (¥5000) for an ordinary tea and £64 (¥7700) for a "celebration tea with champagne". I think Le Jardin is quite reasonable. I just wish the portions weren't Tokyo-sized!
|Waterfall at the Four Seasons Hotel|
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|Afternoon tea at the Four Seasons Hotel|
|Suijinja next to the Kanda River. It's near the Four Seasons Hotel.|