For those who love to read manga or watch dorama and anime must have been familiar with the spots for dating in Tokyo. As the metropolitan city, Tokyo offers lots of destinations to do various activities for the couples living in it. With the supports from the manga, anime, and dorama, those things always invent new kind of inspirations for the couples in Tokyo to have new destinations and activities that maybe some of them felt a little weird if it was done in some countries (one of those is Indonesia :p). So for those who always dream to have a romantic date alla the Japanese dorama, anime, and manga, this post will be useful for you to give some pictures of the Tokyo’s kind of romance.
1. Cinema / Theater
For the number one, let’s start from the one of the most common dating places for couples around the world, it’s the cinema or theater. Kind of different with the cinema in here (Indonesia) where almost all of the cinema is located inside a shopping complex, in Tokyo the cinema is located in an independent building. That difference makes the cinemas in Tokyo have more character thanks to the terrific design, compared with the cinemas around here. Moreover, Japan is also one of the leaders in the Asian movies, so you don’t have to worry about the list of the movies that will be coming soon in Japan, range from the real movie to the anime.
One of the most popular cinemas in Tokyo is Shinjuku Piccadilly. Located in the heart of business and entertainment district of Shinjuku, Shinjuku Piccadilly offers a great cinema experience features a shining, luminous white exterior and interior. With the vast space inside it, Shinjuku Piccadilly offers 600 seats, including several exclusive seats for two persons viewing booth that could cost you way higher from the normal price. With the great features that Piccadilly has, surely Piccadilly always become one of the main destination for the couples wanting to have some quality time by watching some great movies in a great cinema.
The ticket price range from 800 yen to 1.300 en and for the two-persons personal viewing booth, that are equipped with surround sound and leather sofa, the ticket price is 30.000 yen per screening or you can have it for a year with 3.000.000 yen. When I was in Tokyo, I had a chance to got to the Piccadilly but I didn’t watch any movie at that time which I totally regret now.
Another interesting destination for the couples in Tokyo is Zoo! In Tokyo itself, there are some zoos spread out in the city, each with their own appeal. Though the number of zoos in Tokyo is not as many as the numbers of cinemas, the zoos in Tokyo is still as attractive as always, since the each place is soo big, variety of animals (from cute to scary) are in there, and the most important reason is it’s always so fun to go to zoo with your beloved one. One of the biggest zoos in Tokyo is Ueno Zoo, that is located inside the Ueno Koen (Ueno Park).
Ueno Zoo, that is managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan government, is one of the best zoo in Japan. As the home for more than 2.600 animals from 460 species, Ueno zoo is always packed with lots of people especially in the summer holiday. Some of the animals that Ueno Zoo could brag are Sumatran tiger, western lowland gorilla, polar bear, llama, and of course the Ueno Zoo’s icon which is Panda.
There is also a monorail inside the Ueno Zoo to help the people who don’t have any enough strength to go around the zoo by foot. However, it is also great to see the zoo from above. One of thing that made me amazed is that outside this zoo, there are lots of skyscrapers surrounds it. What a unique composition! It means that Ueno Zoo is located right in the centre of the city, so don’t need to travel all the way to the suburb to meet with those animals.
3. Amusement Park
Another classic destinations for the couple, however, still as charming and attracting as always, there’s no other place than amusement park or theme park! As the city on the cutting-edge of technology, Tokyo obviously has lots amusement parks to offer. From the indoor ones to the outdoor ones, I guess it won’t be exaggerating for me to say that Tokyo almost has any kind of rides that you’ve ever dreamed of. Exactly the same with the zoo, the amusement parks in Tokyo are always crowded in the weekend, especially in the holiday. However, is there somebody who want to play in an amusement park where there are no other persons in there? I guess if it’s not crowded then it is not an amusement park.
One of the best destinations for the couples who want to look for some intense rides along with the magnificent place is no other than Disney Sea Tokyo. Though it is not located exactly in Tokyo, Disney Sea is not that far from Tokyo, thanks to the convenience of the Tokyo’s railway. Inside the Disney Sea, both of you would be taken away to the Disney dream land where there is only happiness in there just like what you always dream of.
Inside, the Disney Sea comprises of seven areas, each of the areas has their own theme, like Mermaid Lagoon is the area inspired by the Little Mermaid movie, Arabian Coast inspired by the Alladin, or mysterious island that is inspired by the Jules Vernes’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” novel. With those many areas to explore makes you don’t have to worry that the Tokyo Disney Sea would let you and your partner down.
4. Karaoke Booth
Going to a karaoke booth with your lover is also one of the options for the couples in Tokyo to spend some time together. Karaoke is very popular, not only in Tokyo but in the whole Japan, especially among the youngsters or the high schoolers. With the high popularity of the Japanese music (from the pop music, anime or dorama soundtrack, etc) and the Western music, of course it would become a strong attraction for the youngsters to spend their time singing in the karaoke booth. Not to mention that the distance between each apartments or houses to their neighbour that are really close, so they can’t even sing to their heart’s content except in the karaoke booth! However, on the top of that, singing your favourite songs together with your lover in the karaoke booth is one of the major activities in for the couples in Tokyo.
One of the most famous karaoke booth in Tokyo is karaoke-kan! Karaoke-kan is a chain karaoke booth, so you won’t ever find any difficulty in finding this place since there are so many karaoke-kan around Tokyo!
On the other hand, for the couples who seek for more exclusive and upmarket experience karaoke can go to Lovenet in Roppongi. One of the unique things in this karaoke place is you can sing your favourite song while soak your body inside the hot tub! Quite an experience huh?
Sorry if I upset you guys, however,you should be careful since having this kind of karaoke experience doesn’t come cheap. It’s about £220 for an hour of karaoke in the bath, or £350 for you and 40 friends to recreate your favourite Lynchian moment. So make sure your wallet full before you step into this place.
Have you ever dreamed of being in the Japanese park, sitting under a blooming sakura tree with your lover? I guess that is the image of romantic that has been created by the Japanese dorama, anime, and manga, and it is indeed romantic. It’s obvious that because of those beauty, the parks in Tokyo are as charming as always for couples, especially in the spring season when the sakura tree is blooming. However, the beauty of the Japanese parks can be seen not only in the sakura season only, since every season in Japan has their own beauty that reflected by these parks. A lot of Tokyo people always come to the parks since the parks offer a relaxing atmosphere that you calm down your tired souls after having some activities in the middle of the bustling city of Tokyo, though the most of the parks in Tokyo are also located in the heart of the city. And because of the location of the parks where lots of people can go there easily, parks always be used as a meeting point , a place to have some bentos, or just as place for you to relax your feet while having some conversation with your partner.
Again, we’re back to Ueno since I can’t think of a more famous park beside Ueno Park (Ueno Koen) in Tokyo.
Located near the Ueno station, this park is one of the oldest park in Tokyo. The relaxing atmosphere that you can feel in this park is because this park is filled with lots of trees. Ueno Park is surrounded by lots of tourist spots like Tokyo National Museum, Shitamachi Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno Royal Museum, Ueno Zoo, and many more interesting place. So, it’s pretty easy to lose yourself in this park. During the sakura season, there always lots of people who spend their time to watch the sakura tree that are blooming (hanami) while having lunch with their lover, family, or friends. In recent times the park and its attractions have drawn over ten million visitors a year, making it Japan’s most popular city park.
Another place that is also captivating for the lovers in Tokyo is aquarium! Though most of the visitors of the aquarium are families and the kids, there are still a lot of couples who always come to the aquarium as well. Watching thousands of fish dancing inside the gigantic glass of water is always fun. Moreover, each of the aquariums in Tokyo has their own special show as well that would invite both of you to laugh.
One of the aquarium that always gains many visitors in Tokyo is the Sunshine aquarium that is located on the 10th floor of the Sunshine City.
The Sunshine aquarium exhibits creatures from seas, oceans, and tropical forest around the world, including sting rays, sunfish, frogs, snakes, penguins, seals, and otters. One thing that is different with the other aquarium is that this Sunshine aquarium is not only an indoor aquarium, but there is also an outdoor area where there is outdoor aquarium for seals and where the special performance is being held. The special performance is also funny, usually the stars of the shows are seals and some kind of birds, like eagle, and if you are lucky you can also participate in the show as well! Not to forget there is also a cafe as well for those who want to have some snacks while watching the the seals swimming around in the outdoor aquarium.
7. Observation Deck
Great landscape plays a significant role in order to increase your mood and your lover as well. So, no wonder why there are lots of couples in Tokyo who spend their time watching the beauty of the city from the observation decks that spread all over the city. Let’s say, there are Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree, Sun Shine 60, and many more, and all of them serve some magnificent looks of Tokyo. Since I’ve already covered Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree, and the Sun Shine 60 in my previous posts, now it’s time to cover another observation deck that serves you another superb view of Tokyo, and that place is located inside the Roppongi Hill!
The name of this observatory deck is Tokyo City View. Located on the top floor of Mori building, Tokyo City view serves you the view of Tokyo from gigantic glass walls that extend all the way around the building. From the Tokyo City View, you can also see Tokyo Tower clearly since Tokyo Tower is located near the Roppongi Hills. For those who still wanna see Tokyo from a higher ground, Tokyo City View still has something to offer, which is Tokyo City View Sky Deck which gives you the view of Tokyo City from outdoor.
At the Sky Deck, there won’t be any glass walls just like in the observatory deck downstairs. From here, you can enjoy the real beauty of Tokyo, and of course it would be greater to enjoy it with your lover than alone.
Well, that’s all guys, the top seven dating spots for the couples in Tokyo. I hope for those who loves the Japanese stuffs or for those who are going to go to Tokyo soon, this article could inspire you to make you date more unique or wonderful. Finally, just wanna say it one more time that though Tokyo is known as the super busy city filled with plenty of super busy workers, deep inside, Tokyo is still an amazing city and one of its kind for the couples..