GAIJIN 5 (GO) - Alternative date activities
Written by Jeff

5 fresh ideas for dates in Tokyo

Sometime to impress someone, taking her/him to an original and unexpected date could be a good move! Here are some ideas for alternative date activities! .

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On this new series 'Gaijin 5 (Go)', I'll be introducing 5 different things for a specific theme every time, from the point of view of a Gaijin living in Tokyo.

This time, we’re talking about new ideas for dates in Tokyo. A normal dinner date is fine, but in order to stand out or prevent boredom,
you really should try to go out of your way to prepare a fun and unique date course once in a while.

*Images used here come from google image search, and they all belong to their respective owners

1.Harry Harajuku Terrace

8 or 9 times out of 10 people in Japan tend to love animals,
but cat cafe’s and owl cafe’s are a bit too mainstream, 
so why not bring them to someplace a little different!

The Harry Harajuku Terrace offers you to interact not just with hedgehogs,
but also with otters, chinchillas, rabbits, and other adorable critters!
Show off how good you are with animals, and your date’s love for animals might just transfer over to you.

http://www.harinezumi-cafe.com/en/harajukuterrace

2.Teamlab art exhibitions

Teamlab have created stunning exhibitions in the past, making use of the darkness, busic, and computer controlled lighting.
This inclusion is rather artsy, and is bound to be a rather unique experience for most people.
It’s a full-on experience for your senses, and will definitely set you apart from the rest of the potential competition.

They have exhibitions all around the world, and their latest ‘Borderless’ opens in Odaiba from June 21st!
There isn’t much needed to be said, but rather click into the link, and let their pictures speak a thousand words!

https://borderless.teamlab.art/

3.Zauo

This entry is a bit of an acquired taste (pun intended).
Bringing the phrase ‘Those who don’t work, don’t eat’ to a new level, this restaurant allows you to fish your own fish for your meal!
The system here is that if you fish it yourself with a fishing rod, you get a discount off the regular price off the fish.
The staff can then take your catch, and prepare it in the kitchen for you in in a variety of ways.
(Or if you suck at fishing, you can give up and directly order the dish)

However, some reviews of the store have found that their cooked food is a bit lacking,
and that you should stick with the sashimi and other raw options.
Fishing isn’t for everyone, and this place doesn’t exactly have the best value for money, 
but the overall experience will be one that the both of you will remember, if you can catch something that is…. (no pressure!)

http://www.zauo.com/en/howto/

4.Daiba retro street

Ever wondered what Japan was like in the 1960s? Here’s your chance!
This throwback to the Showa-era of Japan is located in Odaiba, and has everything from game stalls, to lucky draws,
even to a showa-era haunted house course. Assuming neither of you grew up in that era, it will be an interesting discovery for everyone,
with tons of opportunities to have fun together. Furthermore, everyone knows a haunted house is great for dating….
Get those hearts racing, and have your date confuse fear and nostalgia for love XD

https://www.odaiba-decks.com/en/daiba1chome/

5.Akiba Base Shooting Cafe and Bar.

Sometimes….you just want to shoot a few rounds.
However, Paintball fights and war-games may be a bit too extreme for some people, so try shooting at a standing target!
The Akiba Base Shooting Cafe and Bar has a wide range of airsoft rifles for you to try,
including a premium selection which includes Desert Eagle’s and bolt action sniper rifles.

So, place your arms onto your date’s, teach them the proper way to hold a gun,
and let adrenaline do the rest!

(Ladies, you can also use this opportunity to show your date what happens if they don’t treat you with respect)

http://akiba-base.com/en/index.html

Have you already tried any of these dating activities?
Which of these would you like to try?

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