Monday, May 9, 2016

Tokyo Love Story - Tokyo Romantic Places and Things to Do

Many travelers visit Tokyo for different reasons, for people who travel as couples, it is their romantic getaway. Historically Tokyo has been giving visitors the mere impressions of mixture of the past and the future, however, with some detail planning, visitors would soon discover that Tokyo as a city offers many romantic spots and activities. I have come up with some of the best recommended spots, activities and tours for couples who are seeking for good times, romantic getaway, proposal or perhaps memorable honeymoon.
Tokyo Tower has always been the symbol for romance in Japan

- To read about my recommendations of affordable, Reasonable, Convenient hotels in Tokyo, visit: Affordable Cheap Reasonable Hotels in Tokyo
- To read about my recommendations of affordable and reasonable hotels in OSAKA, visit: Osaka Reasonable Affordable Hotels
- To read about my recommendations of reasonable, affordable, and convenient hotels in KYOTO, visit: Kyoto reasonable, affordable, and convenient Hotels
- To read about how to plan your trip to Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, visit: Planning your trip to Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe in Japan
Night View Spots
Viewing night time city skyline has always been considered romantic in many cultures. Tokyo offers one of the best well-lit city skyline when viewed from above. There are abundant  observatory spots for night scenery. Many of them offers a place to sit down for a cup of coffee or cold beverages. These spots are often places where proposals take place in Japan. My best recommendation will always be Tokyo City View in Roppongi for the best view in the city for the romantic Tokyo Tower, while other spots are close second places.
Mori Tower Roppongi Hills on the right; Tokyo City View offers one of the best views in Tokyo

Shopping Street Stroll
Some couples enjoy walking down the shopping streets together. Many parts of Tokyo offer visitor unique experiences in strolling down the shopping streets. Each of the shopping street districts offer different style and theme of items and attract different flavors of clientele. Shibuya usually attract the most fashion forward population, Harajuku sometimes attract young and quirky fashion sensed teenagers, while Omotesando attracts more sophisticated shoppers.

Everything is cute and quirky in Tokyo Harajuku

Sophisticated shoppers on the streets of Omotesando
Stylish Omotesando Hills shopping mall

Tokyo Bay area
Odaiba offers one of the best views of Tokyo Bay, rainbow bridge and Tokyo Tower in one frame. Odaiba, the man-made island, also offers upscale yet high value hotels for couples and honeymooners. Many shopping outlets, Toyota Car showroom, and unique genre restaurants are located in Odaiba.

Skyscraper Restaurant and Bars
Dining and drinking with a nice view on top of high rise buildings often come with an expensive bill, however, in a city with large volume of high rise buildings, there are many choices for visitor to pick from based on the individual budget price range and prefernce. Some of the restaurants offer special lunch menu that are of higher value when compared to their dinner time menu counterpart.
Romantic lunch or dinner with a great view in Tokyo

Skyscraper Restaurants
*New York Bar at Park Hyatt Tokyo

Private Onsen Resort

Soaking in private onsen hot spring as a couple is considered a luxury in Japanese culture. I recommend taking a side trip to Hakone, Atami or Kusatsu for the most romantic private onsen experience. Typical Onsen resort stay would include fancy Kaiseki dinner as a package when booking for Onsen Ryokan. Read more about Onsen for shy people.
Private onsen soak is one of the best ways to enjoy romantic getaways from bustling Tokyo

Park, Aquarium and Amusement parks
Parks, Zoo, and Aquariums often offer a more affordable way to spend the day in Tokyo. For couples who are seeking for activities that are more relaxing, consider visiting Kichijoji Inokashira park and zoo. There are many activities such as rowing a regular boat or renting a swan boat at the park lake. Some of the more commercial theme parks such as Disneyland could be more exciting yet more expensive.

*Tokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium 
Tuna and shark swimming in the tank of Tokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium

*Kichijoji Inokashira park

Viator Guided Tours and Experiences
Viator offers many guided tours in Tokyo that can only be arranged by professional tour companies. Some of the arranged activities and guided tours are very Japanese themed and can become very memorable for couples while vising Tokyo. I would highly recommend Japanese cuisine cooking classes and Tokyo guided bicycle tours, while Tokyo Night Helicopter tour will always be on my bucket list.

*Bicycle tour: Tokyo by Bike: Skytree, Kiyosumi Garden and Sumo Stadium
*Cooking: Sushi Making and Tsukiji Fish Market Morning Tour from Tokyo
*Tokyo Bay Helicopter cruise

Romantic Tokyo Hotel for Honeymooners
I often stay at budget business hotels while traveling alone in Tokyo Japan. While traveling in Japan is very suitable for solo travelers because of the abundance of single occupancy hotel rooms, I would recommend staying at some nicer and more elegant hotels when traveling with loved ones. There are many more hotels options that are of high value when traveling in groups of two. Many of my recommended Tokyo romantic hotels offers great views, nice decors, great services and high Tripadivsor ratings. For honeymoon travelers, I would highly recommend hotels located in Odaiba. Odaiba area is much less crowded when compared to other parts of Tokyo. Many hotels in Odaiba offers great daytime and night views of the romantic Tokyo Bay with Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, and Tokyo skyline in the background.
The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel offers the best romantic view of Tokyo Tower

More reasonably priced Tokyo romantic hotels (Hotelscombined hotel comparison)
*The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel
*Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
*Grand Pacific Le Daiba
*Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, Shibuya
*Hilton Tokyo Odaiba
*Park Hotel
*Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier
*The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic
*InterContinental Tokyo Bay

Premium Tokyo romantic hotels (Hotelscombined hotel comparison)
*Park Hyatt Tokyo, Shinjuku (Lost In Translation)
*Conrad Tokyo
*The Peninsula Tokyo
*Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
*Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
*Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
*The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
*The Tokyo Station Hotel
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