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The only drawback to the sakura season is that no matter how beautiful the blossoms, the celebrations can get very chilly. You need a backup plan, somewhere you can repair to for warmth and sustenance. If you’re anywhere near Yoyogi Park, you won’t do better than Ostü.

This smart but self-effacing little Italian just a minute’s stroll from the park’s tranquil rear exit (on the opposite side from Harajuku Station) is a bit special. No ordinary neighborhood ristorante, it is one of the few in Tokyo to specialize in the hearty cucina of Piedmont.

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