Date activities in and around Tokyo to make her fall for you!
The perfect date could lead to the perfect relationship! Here are some dating activities you might want to consider! ...
You may have your own preferred date courses, but here are a few editors recommendations on ideas for dates that can get her heart pounding or ‘Doki-doki’ as they say in Japan. We’ll stay away from things like karaoke and movies, as they are a bit too common and not worth writing about. Remember, date courses are all about compatibility with both yourself and your date, and it’s important to find something you both will enjoy. Also, don’t forget to check out our first article on recommended Tokyo date courses here! http://www.enicee.com/en/article/Alternative-date-activities
1 - Fuji-Q
Of course, theme parks are always a good idea, but why not Disney? A date to Disney is a no-brainer for Japanese girls, who all seem to like dressing up in their old high school uniforms whenever they return there for some reason (nostalgia perhaps?). However, with the massive lines and high probability that they’ve already been recently, it would be wiser to leave Disney out for a special occasion further down the road.
(photo credit: Fuji-Q / https://www.fujiq.jp/ )
As a Disney-replacement for those who are going on their initial dates, I would recommend Fuji-Q. Unlike Disney, Fuji-Q is more action oriented, with rides that are so extreme that they can get on the Guinness book of world records. The main attraction I would recommend however, is the haunted house. There are a few theories out there that getting a girl’s heart racing can make it easier for her to mistaken that feeling for affection, and one of the best ways to do that is with fear. The haunted house at Fuji-Q is one of the scarier ones around, and is definitely one to go to even if you’re a haunted house veteran. However, as not everyone can handle haunted houses, it is important to properly gauge whether or not your date will be able to enjoy it in the end. If she is absolutely terrified of roller coasters and ghosts, this may end up backfiring on you.
Pricing: ★★☆☆☆ Effort: ★★☆☆☆ Risk: ★★★★☆
2 - Bubble Football/ Soccer
As mentioned above, raising her adrenaline is a good way of getting someone to fall for you. Aside from fear, another good method is through actual physical activity. There are many different activities to choose from, but one of the newest crazes is to try bubble soccer/ football.
(photo credit: Bubble Soccer / http://bubble-football.jp/ )
Aside from the activity itself being a lot of fun, it is a great activity for groups, and if you haven’t developed your friendship to the point where you can invite her out for a one-on-one, this is a great option to gather a whole bunch of people to have fun together. Furthermore, this activity looks great on Instagram, and we all know how a lot of Japanese women love getting likes on Instagram nowadays. I would advise you to be careful however, as it can be quite physically draining, and not suitable for everybody. Make sure you give her an explanation in advance, so they don’t wear too much makeup and can dress appropriately.
Pricing: ★★★☆☆ Effort: ★★★★☆ Risk: ★★☆☆☆
3 - Cruise Tokyo Bay
A beautiful night view is always a great wingman when trying to woo a lady, and being on a boat can really help your chances. There are many different boat tours/ rides that are available with a quick google, some with traditional boats and some with nicer yachts. There are even some which have yukata themes, and would offer you a discount if you would wear a yukata on board. If you like seeing yukata, that’s a great excuse to go for a win-win situation.
(photo credit: Japan Monthly Web Magazine / https://japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp/ )
Do beware however, that not everyone is good on water, and being seasick is a real downer, when it comes to dates. Check in advance if your date is fine with being at sea, and also with yourself. You might find her to be an angel if she’s dealing with your sick ass, but she might just find you to be pathetic. Tip: Always bring a jacket with you, even if you won’t be wearing it. Some women have been known to prioritize looks over everything else and neglect to bring a jacket. Lending her a jacket in her time of need is always a good reminder of how thoughtful and dependable you can be. The night view of Tokyo Bay is always a good wingman, but the only real risk here is you or your date getting seasick, or crappy weather.
Pricing: ★★☆☆☆ Effort: ★★★☆☆ Risk: ★★☆☆☆
4 - 幸せパンケーキ（A happy pancake)
If the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the fastest way to a woman’s heart is probably through her ‘second stomach’ (in Japan there is a saying that dessert goes to a separate stomach or ‘Betsu-bara’, meaning there is always room for dessert). There are an endless number of sweet and dessert stores in Tokyo, and today we will be introducing one of the safer choices. A happy pancake is well-known for its pancakes (no duh), which are extremely soft and fluffy, or as the Japanese put it “Fuwa-fuwa”. Their flavor menu ranges from no-brainers such as chocolate banana, to completely original items such as milk tea Granola. Each of them are guaranteed to please the tongue, and even if your date doesn’t have a sweet tooth, A happy pancake even has savory options such as salmon with avocado & cream cheese, or even bacon and scrambled egg.
(photo credit: A Happy Pancake / https://magia.tokyo/ )
If you are really lucky, some stores even have a special hidden private room, (The Shibuya has it behind a fake bookshelf) which you can use to enter a world of your own, and increase the dating atmosphere. The one drawback of this place is that many of their stores only allow reservations for weekdays, and lines on the weekends can reach waiting times upwards of 1 hour. With proper planning and timing however, this place can be a true lady-pleaser.
Pricing: ★☆☆☆☆ Effort: ★☆☆☆☆ Risk: ★☆☆☆☆
5 - Machida Squirrel Park
In our previous article, we’ve introduced Harry Harajuku Terrace, which allows you to interact with otters, Chinchilla and rabbits. However, since a lot of Japanese women love animals and a cafe may seem a bit too commercial, our second animal-related recommendation is to head over to the Machida Squirrel park.
(photo credit: Machida Squirrel Park / https://www.machida-risuen.com/ )
Home to over 200 squirrels, the park offers you to get as up close and personal with a squirrel as you can get. Feeding squirrels and letting the crawl onto your gloves is a very cute experience, as unlike many other countries, squirrels don’t show up much, especially in Tokyo. However, the park is slightly isolated from the main part of Tokyo City, and requires a bit of effort to get there. Also, the park is geared more towards kids rather than adults, although this may not necessarily be a bad thing. If you are dating a single mother, or someone older who really wants children, this place is perfect to show off how good you can be with them.
Pricing: ★☆☆☆☆ Effort: ★★★☆☆ Risk: ★★★☆☆
I hope one of these places will inspire you for a romantic and original date!
Japanese men have different needs than western men, and so your approach should also be different! ... As you may already know, the vast majority of Japanese men and Japanese women are very different to other nationalities in terms of behavior and expectations towards one another.