High-tech, high-rise, and ultramodern, Tokyo seems an unlikely setting for romance—at least at first look. But, whether you’re creating your own version of Lost in Translation or exploring with a longstanding love, the city has lots to offer. Here are a few ways to get romantic.
See the Cherry Blossoms
The few short weeks when the cherry blossoms (sakura) flower across Japan are magical. Experience them with your sweetheart on a nighttime stroll, a romantic picnic, or a private tour.
Craft a Love Token
Japan’s traditional arts make the ultimate romantic souvenir. Design a jade carving for each other and watch a craftsperson sculpt them. Have a calligrapher create and handwrite new Japanese names, full of private meaning. Or, make traditional omamori—scented love charms.
Savor a Private Ritual
The ancient rituals of Japanese culture are best shared between the two of you alone. Join your own personal master chef to discover the art of rolling sushi or sip matcha at a private tea ceremony.
Be it samurai or ninja, geisha or courtesans, even Tokyo locals love to play dress-up on weekends. Don a colorful kimono and full geisha makeup—or the more muted tones of a Japanese noble—and pose for timeless photos in a Zen garden photo shoot.