• Indulge in superb genmaicha tea and Japanese sweets
• Visit a gallery of stunning hand-fashioned ceramics—and find the perfect gift
If you’re under the impression that Japanese tea can only be appreciated with a formal ceremony, you’ll want to pay a visit to Wad Café, a delightful (and refreshingly casual) teahouse in the Yotsubashi neighborhood, just a short ride from the Conrad. Ascend the white external staircase to the second-floor space, all natural woods and soothing earth tones with sunlight pouring in through outsize windows—in short, the perfect setting in which to sample fine Japanese teas. The English menu is wonderfully instructive, listing the different tea varieties and their optimal preparations; try the nutty genmaicha if you can’t decide. There’s also a tempting selection of sweets, from fruit-filled mochi to the summertime favorite, shaved ice. And if, like us, you fall hard for Wad’s beautiful serving sets, head upstairs to the owner’s ceramics gallery, which displays handmade pieces—sculptural vases, bowls, cups, and tableware—that double as collectible (and highly covetable) artworks.