Valentine’s Day is soon approaching (along with the inherent pressure to get it right), so we’re here to help you regale the apple of your eye/your friends/yourself on a budget—and there are plenty of ways to do just that in Tokyo.
World Valentine Festival (Feb 13-14): For a fun and casual date, try this love-themed festival at Yoyogi Park. It should strike the right balance between a Valentine’s Day ambiance and a folksy fair in the park with food, performances and a flea market.
Cheapo Valentine’s Day ideas: If you’re looking to up the romance, try a picnic at the park under some plum blossoms, or even staying in and chowing down on a heart-shaped pizza from Domino’s. Perhaps a climb up the outside stairs to the Tokyo Tower observation deck for a view of the city is in the cards? Check out our list of ‘Cheapo Valentine’s Day ideas’ to help you woo your boo—and don’t forget the chocolate.
Try Chocolate Ramen: Just try it! It’s unique, it’s carefully crafted so the chocolate complements the savory elements, and it’s only available until Valentine’s Day. Get your fill at Mensho Tokyo in Korakuen.
Iluminations: This weekend is your last chance to see the Shiodome Caretta Illumination and the Tokyo Dome Winter Illumination. You don’t have to do too much to impress your sweetie with this one, just take a stroll and let the twinkling lights work their magic.
Chinese New Year Street Performances (Feb 11-21): Several performances will take to the streets of Yokohama this weekend in a continuation of the Chinese New Year festivities. There will be lion dances, dragon dances, acrobatics, musical performances and an overall lively and colorful atmosphere.
A famous park, a former black market and a whole heap of museums—get to know Ueno: