Love is all you need: Romantic Date Spots across Tokyo!
Ferris wheel fun with city views? Say no more.
Odaiba is one of those spots where you could spend the entire day on a date and not run out of things to do. Walking around the Odaiba Seaside Park is a perfect way to start the date, with the gorgeous views of the bay, the boats, and the Rainbow Bridge - but to me the pièce de résistance of the Odaiba area if you're on a date has to be the ferris wheel. It's one of the largest in the world, and if you come in the afternoon to enjoy the Odaiba area, get some dinner, and then head up to the ferris wheel for some city views after the sun has gone down you've got a perfect evening planned out.
Swan boats and blooms with your one and only.
Inokashira Park has been around since 1917 - so it celebrated the big 100 year anniversary just this year. If you're also celebrating an anniversary yourself, this park is a great one to visit. One of the best times to visit is cherry blossom season, but it truly is a beautiful park year round - and one of the most romantic things you can do here is enjoy riding around in one of the swan boats on the lake with your significant other.
Because romantic gestures don't have to cost the Earth!
Shinjuku Gyoen is located at 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014 - there are three gates for entrance to the park, and they are a short walk from the Shinjuku Station. Do bear in mind that this is a park that has opening and closing hours, unlike other parks that are 24/7. The hours at Shinjuku Gyoen are from 9am until 4.30pm, with a last admission at 4pm. They are closed on Mondays, too - so keep that in mind if you're planning a special trip. Admission to the park will set you back 200 yen per person - but it's worth every bit of the fee.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Onsen fun without leaving the city.
You're also able to grab a bite to eat at Oedo Onsen if you're feeling peckish . They have a market style eating area that has offerings like ramen, sushi, udon and yakitori, but if you're wanting to impress your date a bit more, they also offer traditional kaiseki cuisine in private tatami rooms. Either way, the food is delicious and also gives you a glimpse into a number of different types of Japanese cuisine.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari is located at 〒135-0064 Tokyo, 江東区Aomi, 2 Chome−６−３. The easiest way to get there is by train transportation - and there are a couple of options for that, too. The Onsen is located a short two minute walk from the Telecom Center Station on the Yurikamome Line. Alternatively if you head to the Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line, there's a free shuttle bus that will run you the rest of the way there.
Tokyo Bay or River Cruises
Great eats, great views, and a romantic setting.
Getting out on the water and appreciating the beauty of Tokyo is definitely one way to create that romantic atmosphere. There are a number of companies that do river or bay cruises, during both the daylight hours and at night. One particular company is Symphony Cruises who do Tokyo Bay tours. They run four sessions - a lunch cruise, an afternoon cruise, a sunset cruise and a dinner cruise - so depending on the structure of your day you have a number of timeframes and cruise durations to choose from. If you opt for the dinner cruise, they even offer various cuisines for that - you've got choices for Italian, French or Japanese cuisine, or even a buffet. Plenty of options to suit everyone's tastes! If you'd like to check out more information about Symphony Cruises including pricing, they have a website (in English!) that you can check out here.
Sky Lounge Stellar Garden
Breathtaking views to cap off an amazing day.
The Sky Lounge Stellar Garden is a bar/lounge located on the 33rd floor of the Prince Park Tower Hotel. It's a great spot to pop into for a couple of drinks - primarily for the incredible view of Tokyo Tower that you get! They do offer an afternoon tea from 5pm which is also a great time to enjoy the views, but prime time is really once the sun has gone down and the Tower (as well as all the surrounding buildings) are lit up. The Sky Lounge also stays open until 2am, so it's also a great spot to visit if you've had dinner elsewhere and want to cap off the evening with dessert and drinks.
Chateau de Joel Robuchon
Michelin Star eats and a European feel in the heart of Tokyo.
The restaurant is located at the Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-1 Mita, Meguro-ku Tokyo 153-0062. It's approximately a 10 minute walk from the Ebisu Station.
Ginza Sky Lounge
Revolving restaurant with 360 views of the city.
Good food, good views, and a glass of fancy booze? The Ginza Sky Lounge is a revolving restaurant that checks all the boxes for a romantic night out for dinner. They offer a few course menus that are great for couples, including ones that are made particularly with anniversaries or birthday celebrations in mind. Everything is presented with the utmost of care, and the food truly tastes as good as it looks. Adding to the romantic vibe at Ginza Sky Lounge is the fact that they have a live pianist in the evenings - can't get better than that! You can find out more details about their course menus and pricing on their website here (it is in Japanese, but Google Translate can assist).
Happy Travels, and enjoy Japan!
Quick note: The LOVE Sculpture at the top of the article is located in Shinjuku. The address to pop into Google Maps if you want to take a picture there is 〒160-0023 Tokyo, 新宿区Nishishinjuku, ２丁目４. Enjoy!
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