Last weekend, we visited a quiet area east of Tokyo called Nezu, which is part of Yanesen, an amalgam of the temple districts of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi.
First, we had lunch at a popular restaurant named Kamachiku, a family run noodle shop set in a century old granary with a modern addition designed by architect Kengo Kuma.
Of course, we ordered their speciality – handmade udon. It was oishii (delicious).
It overlooks a soothing Japanese garden.
After lunch, a short walk brought us to the nearby Nezu Shrine, a 300 year old Shinto shrine built using the Gongen-style architecture.
Apparently, all the original buildings have survived fires, wars and earthquakes, and thus are designated as nationally important cultural properties.
There were orange torii gates as well.