St. Christophers Garden | English Style Tea in Jiyugaoka Tokyo

Posted on August 28, 2013 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

Here is another gem in Jiyugaoka. I noticed it as we were entering Lupicia, but had recognized it from a Japanese magazine I subscribe to. My photographs do not do this charming two story English style cottage justice. It was really cloudy that day and I just couldn't seem to get the lighting right.  

I had read about St. Christophers Garden in a coffee and tea magazine I love and it was definitely on my list of places to check out while I was in Tokyo. I knew I was going to love it right from the get go. The iron steel gate, the inviting tearoom sign and all the lush greenery. They have flowers 365 days of the year, with variations for every season. 

St. Christophers Garden holds seminars for the public on traditional English tea (2nd and 4th weeks of the month on Thursdays). Hisayo Shibasaki is the instructor in charge of the seminars. In 1998 she won the award for International Table Decorator and is also a Licensed Tea Master in Japan. The seminars cost 5000 Yen which includes tea and cake.  

Just to give you an idea of the topics they cover month to month, I'll list the seminars for the past few months. 

February: Tablecloth and Napkins
April: How to Identify Tea Leaves and the Basics of Tea Time
May: Early Morning Tea- How Tos
June: History of the Tea Cup
July: Tea Manners & Etiquette
August: Wedding Cake
September: Silverware
October: Victorian Tea & Queen Victoria
November: Tea Time: English Upper Class (Ladies only)
December: English Christmas Tea
January: English Tea Life

This is what their typical Afternoon Tea looks like. This photo is from their web site.

There is a sign near the garden that states children under 6 not allowed. It was very quiet inside and more of an adult gathering place. 

 So quaint and coy...it's the perfect place for tea on a rainy day.

 This is the entrance to the tearoom. It is quite formal. 

They have a little boutique on the side where you can purchase gifts after you're all done with tea

 

Happy tea time!

XO, 

CdS

Posted in Afternoon Tea, Dessert, English Style Tea Room, Jiyūgaoka, St. Christophers Garden, Tea, Tea Garden, Tea School, tea seminars, Teas, Tokyo


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