When you think of Tokyo you might think of overcrowded streets, hectic shops, and a 24-hour lifestyle. Well in many ways you’re not wrong but, alongside the hustle and bustle of the everyday city life of Tokyo, there is a more romantic side. We’ve burst through the bustling crowds and searched down every side street to find you the most romantic activities to try in Tokyo. Whether you’re looking for high-class restaurants or peaceful park benches with breathtaking views, we’ve found it all. Read on to discover how you too, can plan an ideal date in Tokyo and sweep your loved one off of their feet. Check out the best romantic things to do in Tokyo, Japan.
1. Rent a lovebird boat on the Shinobazu Pond at Ueno Park
Rather uniquely, this large public park was once part of the grounds of Kaneiji Temple. The pretty Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park is a highlight. With three areas, each one offers something special for couples. Enjoy the Lotus Pond which is covered with flowers in the summer. At the Boat Pond, you can rent a small lovebird boat and hopefully, do more than just spin around in circles. The third section of the lake is called the Cormorant Pond and is technically part of the zoo grounds. Yes, that’s right, Ueno Park has its own zoo, not that we agree with any caged animals. But we do love fluffy things and we’re sure that you do, too!
Address: Japan, 〒110-0007 Tokyo, Taito City, Uenokoen, 8−・ 池之端三丁目
Website: Ueno Park
Opening hours: 5am - 11pm (daily)
2. Be swept up in love under the Cherry Blossoms of Inokashira Park
If you’re in Tokyo for the blossom season, you do not want to miss a trip to Inokashira Park. Known as one of the most romantic places in Tokyo you can enjoy over 500 blossom trees and you gaze lovingly at each other. Swoon. You’ll feel like you’re in your own romance drama, that’s for certain. The park is vast and also features a zoo, museums, and a shrine so its a great way to spend the day.
Address: 1 Chome-18-31 Gotenyama, 武蔵野市 Tokyo 180-0005
Website: Inokashira Park
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
3. Watch the twinkling skyline from Tokyo Tower
There are various sections of the iconic landmark in Tokyo. Foot Town will provide you and your special one plenty of opportunities to bag a souvenir to remember your romantic trip to Tokyo. For the most romantic part of the day, be sure to purchase tickets and head to the observatory where you’ll be able to see across the unique skyline of Tokyo. We’d recommend buying a day pass so that you can visit the observatory deck an unlimited number of times in one day, you’ll be able to see the views from daytime to nighttime.
Address: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011
Website: Tokyo Tower
Opening hours: 9am - 11pm (daily)
Price: 15 - 20 USD (one day pass)
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4. Relish excellent food with a restaurant date in Roppongi Hills
If your looking for a romantic restaurant that boasts an incredible menu, then head to Roppongi Hills. With some of the best restaurants across the whole of Tokyo, we’re sure that you’ll find your ideal dinner place. The upper range restaurants all have fantastic views and some have fairly strict dress codes so be sure to check online. Generally, the lower-leveled or ground-floor level restaurants have a much more relaxed atmosphere and fun vibe.
Address: 6 Chome-10-1 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106-6108
Website: Roppongi Hills
Opening hours: 10am - 11pm (daily)
5. Enjoy a fun day out at Tennozu Isle
With a long wooden walkway and excellent collection of restaurants and shops, Tennozu Isle is a great date option. In fact, this is an artificial island that was built on top of an island fortress that dates back to the Edo period. There are frequent events and workshops that take place in the area so be sure to check online and see what fun activity you and your partner can do together.
Address: Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Website: Tennozu Isle
6. Discover new art together at The National Art Center
With one of the largest exhibition spaces in Japan, you can rely on The National Art Center to showcase unique and exciting exhibitions. Instead of static exhibitions, the Center is regularly changing its showcases, meaning that even if you’ve been once you can always go again. There are a number of cafes and restaurants on site so you can easily spend a date day wandering around, enjoying the art, good discussions and delicious food.
The National Art Center
Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo 106-8558 Japan
Website: The National Art Center
Opening hours: Mon, Wed & Sun: 10am - 6pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 8pm (closed on Tue)
7. Simply sit and enjoy the views of Harumi Waterfront Park
There are three different areas of the park to discover. Stroll along the water’s edge on a sunny and bask in the sun and views across the Port of Tokyo. There are plenty of benches along the route so you can simply just sit and enjoy the view and your lovers’ company. Head there at night to see the twinkling lights of the buildings across the bay. Strolling hand in hand, you’ll feel like you might just break out into a love song and dance at any moment. It’s a simple but special date.
Harumi Waterfront Park
Address: 2-Chome, Toyosu, Kotoku, Tokyo – Harumibashi Park
Website: Harumi Waterfront Park
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
What could possibly be more romantic than a cruise around Tokyo Bay? Spend a few hours on the water with your loved one and enjoy seeing Tokyo from a whole different perspective. You’ll be able to see the landmarks lit-up at night. Head to the top deck to feel the gentle breeze and get the best views of your surroundings. You’ll be well-fed, with a 10-course traditional Japanese meal. Sounds idyllic to us.
Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise
Duration: 3 hour
Tokyo Skytree is one of our all-time favorite romantic spots in Tokyo. The lower levels of Skytree are devoted to shopping and Panorama Restaurant at the top of the Skytree is a must-visit. Not only does it offer excellent food and fantastic services but it also boasts the best views across Tokyo. Head there at night to be dazzled with the twinkling city lights below. If you’re searching for the best proposal spot, you’ve found it.
Tokyo: Skytree® Skip-the-Line with Panorama Restaurant
Duration: 1 day
Whoever said that museums are not romantic has obviously never been to Ghibli Museum. Regardless of whether you are huge Ghibli fans or not, you won’t be able to help being swept up in the magic and warmth of the Ghibli environment. You can make your time together even more special by also enjoying either Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum, Jindaiji Temple, or Takahata Fudoson Temple. Hold hands and walk into a fantasy together.
Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour with Admission
Duration: 7 hours
Discover the delights of Tokyo, perfect for couples
Armed with this list of the best romantic things to do in Tokyo, we’re sure that your relationship will go from good to great! Start planning your date today and get ready to be rewarded with a big smile on the face of the one of you love. Tokyo, the lights, the love, and your dreams are waiting for you.
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