Hotel Chinzanso Garden | Waseda
Although part of the famous Chinzanso Hotel, this garden can be visited freely all year around and should be on the list of any Japanese garden lover. Stroll along the Kanda river until you reach the beautiful Kabuki-mon gate in the South of the garden which will lead you slightly up the hill past various ponds, a three-story pagoda, a small bridge and a waterfall. Especially beautiful at night when the trees are illuminated, you might also stumble upon the occasional kimono-wearer as this is a popular spot for weddings and traditional celebrations.
Try to ignore the rather outdated Chinzanso Hotel buildings and head straight for the beautiful, small Mucha-an (pictured above) which serves soba noodles for as little as 1.050 yen and is nestled in the serene garden (reserve in advance).