The grand exterior and pristine banquet rooms are somewhat uninviting and overly formal at this upscale restaurant, but the tables overlooking the 300-year-old Japanese garden provide a tranquil backdrop for an unforgettable meal. Yes, the views are stunning, but it's the food that draws locals and visitors again and again. Among the costly prix fixe dinners are kaiseki, shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, and tempura, and there's also a buffet dinner. Go in the afternoon for a tour of the garden grounds, a sado (tea ceremony), and a seasonal Japanese set lunch for ¥2,625 or ¥3,675. For more casual dining, Café Thrush, in the same complex, has an open-air terrace with a stunning view of the garden.
1–1–1 Shirokanedai, Tokyo, Kanagawa-ken, 108-8631, Japan