I have been living in Tokyo on and off for many years- and would like to share my list of the top romantic things to do in Tokyo– Perfect for honeymooners and couples who wish to rekindle romance through travel :
1. Take a stroll along Omotesando Street during December to experience the beautiful evening illumination. The Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown areas are also beautifully lit up from late November through the end of the year. It is a very romantic mood-setting experience, and in fact I have tried it with success! Best of all- it’s absolutely free!
2. Stay at a luxury hotel with a view of Tokyo Tower from your bed. Hotels I recommend with an excellent view are: The Ritz Carlton at Tokyo Midtown, Grand Hyatt Hotel in Roppongi Hills, Park Hyatt Hotel, Shinjuku (the one from the film “Lost in Translation.”) I particularly like the deep soaking tubs and spaciousness of the bathrooms and the blackout windows at the Grand Hyatt. Request the concierge floor which features a luxuriously spacious Japanese-style living room and special services. Count on splurging!
3, Enjoy an in-room couples massage or couples massage lesson in your very own hotel room in Tokyo. This is a great way to relax, and suitable for honeymooners, friends, and long-time partners who would like to rekindle the flame: http;//massagebyalyssa.wordpress.com/
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4. A day trip to the romantic coastal town of Kamakura. Kamakura is only an hour or so from Tokyo- but it is a lifetime away in terms of its old-style charm. Some call it “Little Kyoto.” If you only have a few days to spend in Tokyo, you should really experience the temples, shrines, the giant Buddah statue, hiking, and the excellent cuisine offered in this charming city. One Sushi restaurant I highly recommend is : WASABI The address: 2-2-1 Jomyoji, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. TEL; 81 467-25-2767 (There is no website available in English, but it is well-known in the area, so just ask directions at the train station.)
5. Experience wearing Japanese traditional garments “Yukata” in Summer or “Kimono” in Winter. You will feel amazingly cool (and some say sexy) wearing this uniquely Japanese traditional garb. There are plenty of places in Tokyo and Kyoto where you can enjoy this experience and go out for the day in your traditional clothing! Photos can also be arranged- for an unforgettable memory of your time in Tokyo.
6. Visit Nezu Musuem- This is a small museum in one of Tokyo’s most fashionable areas. It is usually not crowded on weekdays. Surrounded by lush foliage, this is one of the few museums in Tokyo which features solely Japanese and Asian art. Enjoy a leisurely time strolling in the beautiful garden and have a drink or lunch in the delightful glass-walled cafe with a lovely garden view. Unforgettable and Romantic! http://www.nezu-muse.or.jp/en/exhibitions/index.html
7. Go to Rikugien Gardens. On the outskirts of Tokyo is one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. Stroll around the flowers and fauna and pack a picknic lunch to enjoy together. For your picnic you may ask your hotel concierge about the hotel making you a Japanese style “bento” lunch box. Bring some tea or sake with you and you’re all set. Enjoy!
8. Experience a Japanese Onsen Hot Spring Spa. There are many areas just outside of Tokyo to experience these retreats. One place which is highly recommended is Hakone Ginyu : http://www.hakoneginyu.co.jp/english/bath.html
The decor is romantic, there are striking views, open-air (outdoor) baths, and lovely traditional Japanese cuisine. The rooms are beautiful, and you have a choice of Western or Japanese style decor and bedding. Most Japanese-style rooms have bedding known as futons- where you sleep on padded custion-type bedding on tatami matt floors. So- this spa offers the best of both worlds- Expensive but well worth it!
I will be adding more things to this list as they inspire me– so stay tuned!
Enjoy a Romantic time in Tokyo and HAVE FUN!
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