With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be wanting to find that perfect place to cosy up to your loved one and not sure of quite what to do about it. But fear not, because there are actually quite a few romantic spots in this fair city of ours.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
When it comes to romantic gestures, it’s fair to say that bigger is almost always better. And they don’t come much bigger than the Marie Antoinette Stay Plan at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. If there is one thing we know about Marie Antoinette, it’s that she went in for extravagance, and this really fits that bill. Every day until February 26, a loving couple can spend an evening in the palatial Presidential suite equipped with a private pool and a rose bath, plus a bottle of Dom Pérignon champagne, in-room nail art incorporating a Prince-pleasing real diamonds and pearls, as well as a pair of tickets for the Marie Antoinette show at the Mori Arts Center Gallery. It is a treat truly fit for a queen, and with a price tag of 1,000,000 JPY for the night, it really should be!
- Where: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku (map)
- Website: www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.com
- Tel: 03-4333-1234
What could be more romantic than being in ‘the happiest place on earth’? Every Valentine’s Day, Tokyo’s Disney Resort is the destination for love struck couples from all over Japan as they bask in the glow of the Disney magic. Those who want to get their already-beating hearts racing even faster should head to the attractions of Disneyland, while those looking for a more sedate time (perhaps with a glass of wine) should check out Disney Sea. Get involved in the fun by wearing matching outfits with your beloved, as many others will do. Though be warned, this is not the location for private romance. You will be far from alone…
Tokyo Bay Night Cruise
For some, nothing gets the romantic juices flowing quite like undulating lights dancing on the water, and the sunset and city lights twinkling on the Tokyo Bay is certainly up there in the majesty stakes. If that floats your boat, there are a couple of night cruises that you can enjoy. The Tokyo Gate Bridge and Factory Night Cruise leaves from Tennozu Yamatsu Pier and will take you around the bay for two hours. However, if you want something really special, you can take the Symphony Tokyo Bay Cruise, on which you will depart from Hinode Pier, pass under the Tokyo Gate Bridge, and go around Tokyo Bay as you enjoy a luxurious dinner on the Symphony (it’s the name of the boat, so don’t expect an orchestral accompaniment).
The Tokyo Gate Bridge and Factory Night Cruise
- Where: Tennozu Yamatsu Pier, 1-39-21 Higashi-shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, (map)
- Tel: 03-3454-0432
Symphony Tokyo Bay Cruise
Meiji Jingu Gaien
If you want to keep away from the crowds but don’t have the budget for the Grand Hyatt, thrifty lovers could do worse than spending a day in Meiji Jingu Gaien. Pretty much in the centre of the city, the park is certainly not one of the most popular, but that takes nothing away from its beauty. The entrance is lined with enchnting ginko trees, and it is a delightful place to wander, huddled together for warmth. It is also ideal for couples with children who can run around as you steal a few brief romantic moments together.
Eyes in the sky – observation decks and helicopter rides
There is something inherently romantic about a sprawling, glittering view and Tokyo has this in spades. With so many high rise buildings having observation decks, you are almost spoilt for choice when it comes to dramatic panoramas. Just check out our post here for a few ideas of where you might fancy.
But if you you really want to get a good romantic view of the city, a large-windowed helicopter is the way to go. For 17,000 JPY per person, you can take your loved one up over Rainbow Bridge, Tsukiji Market and The Imperial Palace; take in The Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree and The Arakawa River; and skirt pastpast Tokyo Tower and Kasai Rinkai Koen, before returning, all loved up, to Tokyo Heliport.