When it comes to making memories with that special somebody, choosing where to go might become a conundrum. Luckily, Tokyo has an abundance of attractions for couples to enjoy. Whether it’s your first date or your one hundredth, here are some destinations around the enthralling city of Tokyo that are sure to ignite romance.
1. Ueno Park
Amid the hustle and bustle of the Greater Metropolitan area is a reprieve unlike any other. Grab your picnic basket and head to Ueno Park, one of the first public parks in Japan. You can also stroll through the Ueno Zoological Gardens, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. South of the main park is the peaceful Shinobazu Pond, with rentable pedal boats.
2. Sunshine City Ikebukuro
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Sunshine City Ikebukuro is located in one of Tokyo’s most popular shopping and entertainment regions. For couples, the main draws are the aquarium, planetarium, and the Sunshine 60 observation deck. If you are both children at heart, there is also a Pokemon Center and Namja Town, an indoor theme park that has a couple of rides and Showa period inspired food stalls.
3. Tokyo Summerland
Looking to beat the heat together without taking the laborious ride to the seaside? Tokyo Summerland is an epic water park that has dozens of waterfalls, lazy rivers and slides. It truly is a place for honest fun and memory-making. The only negative about Summerland is that you can’t enter if you are tattooed.
Similar to #3 on this list is Toshimaen, located in pleasant Nerima-ku. Though small, Toshimaen has a lot to offer like delicious food, a spa, water rides, a bug garden (beetles, beetles everywhere), a BBQ terrace in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter.
5. Tokyo Skytree
This is more than just a 634-meter tall broadcasting tower. Stores and gardens called SOLAMACHI encircle the base of the structure. On the 1st, 5th, and 348th floors of the tower there are stores with limited edition goodies that can become lovely mementos of your visit. Nighttime is especially scintillating, as you see the city like a glittering river of stars. Perfect for staring longingly at one another while sipping champagne.
6. Inokashira Park and the Ghibli Museum
Seeking to recreate the famous Little Mermaid boat ride? Head to Inokashira Park in Mitaka-shi to rent a swan boat. The park is absolutely stunning. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and mini zoo then stop at the Peppermint Café for some refreshment. Afterward, Ghibli Studio fans will be delighted to ride the cat bus at the Ghibli Forest Museum.
There is way more to do in Odaiba as a couple than you would expect. With a dozen attractions, unlimited shopping, random festivals, and great eateries, Odaiba is a destination for couples looking for laughter and memories. Here is just a taste of what’s available on this manmade island of entertainment:
- Aqua City
- Decks Odaiba
- Palette Town and Leisureland
- Sega Joypolis
- National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
- Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari – this is actually a theme park built around 13 different varieties of onsen and features a recreated Edo period ambiance that is nothing short of romantic.
- Venus Fort
- Zepp Hall Diver City – the epitome of nightlife.
8. Tokyo Dome City
Here is another romantic spot in Tokyo that is more than what meets the eye. Not solely an amusement park, Tokyo Dome City houses the Big Egg baseball stadium, the LaQua Spa – prime leisure space with onsen – and a smorgasbord of restaurants.
Bunkyo-ku was named the most ‘sensuous’ of all 23 Tokyo wards in 2015, according to The Japan Times. If you’d rather spend a tranquil moment together rather than screaming on roller coasters, a recommended spot is Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, which is also inside Dome City.
If the thought of window-shopping, wandering beautifully landscaped grounds, and spending hours discussing the art in various galleries is your idea of the perfect date, then you should definitely give Roppongi a whirl.
During the winter, you will find many couples planning to see the Christmas illumination displays around Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills. The impressive creations attract people year after year.
Roppongi Hills has one more lure – an observation deck that gives you unhindered views of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. The Mori Art Museum can also be found here. The focus is on contemporary art, but the museum actively holds events. You never know what you will find.
10. Kamakura and Enoshima
Though not technically in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, couples love the sunshine and shopping here. Temples and shrines, the Sea Candle, the Great Buddha that you can crawl inside of, beaches, hiking, and world-renowned ice cream stalls make these prime bonding locations.
There is also the local custom of bringing a lock inscribed with your names and placing it on a designated fence. Supposedly, if you do this, you will never break up.
Though there are many more places to see around Tokyo for couples to enjoy, the fireworks between you two are sure to flicker brightly at any of these ten prime dating sites.