Romance fills the air as calendars across Japan countdown to two of the most romantic days of the year, Valentine’s Day and White Day. Let InJapan help you navigate this season of love with 5 date spots across Japan that are guaranteed to spice things up with a little excitement and some tasty cuisine.

Tokyo/Chiba

Did you know that the “happiest place on Earth” is also considered of the top date spots in Japan? Kicking off this list are Japan’s premiere theme parks, Tokyo DisneyLand and Tokyo DisneySea.

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Geared more to adults, Tokyo DisneySea also has the distinction of being the world’s only marine themed Disney park, while you’ll find fan favorites and a few Japan exclusive attractions at Tokyo DisneyLand. Grab a two-park passport, and see what both parks have to offer!

After the fireworks, hop on the monorail and head to Ikspiari, the Disney-themed shopping mall, for chocolate pizza at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar. Yum!


Fukuoka

The port city of Fukuoka is known for Hakata ramen, but its seaside location offers plenty of romantic delights. After grabbing a bite to eat at the tranquil Garb Leaves, head to Fukuoka Tower.

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Day or night, you’ll be treated to stunning views from one of the three observation desks inside this 123 meter high glass tower dubbed “the Mirror Sail.” Hang a heart shaped lock on the fence located in Lover’s Sanctuary to declare your love. Afterwards, take a scenic 20-minute ferry ride to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, for its zoo and petting garden and aquatic shows.

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Kyoto

Whether you prefer to take romantic stroll through the emerald-green bamboo forest of Arashiyama, or ride comfortably in a rickshaw, this 500 meter long promenade is must-see for visitors to Kyoto.

Obu Cafe.

Later, bask in each other’s presence with Arashiyama as your backdrop at Obu Cafe for a taste of Kyoto’s signature ingredient, matcha, and other traditional Japanese confectionery. End your date with a kiss — or with a amulet from Kodai-ji Temple. Built for shogunate Toyotomi Hideyoshi by his wife, this temple promises to grant you blissfully wedded days.


Nagano

Cuddle up with your loved one in the winter resort city of Nagano. You won’t be hard pressed to find lodging and entertainment in this former Winter Olympic host city, but a stay at Takamine Onsen is a wonderful opportunity for couples to get off grid, reconnect, and rekindle their love.

After a day on the ski slopes, take a soak in the open air “Bath Above the Clouds” for panoramic views of Takamine highlands. As night falls, bundle up next to each other  at the resort’s nightly star watching parties for breathtaking views of starry skies. 

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Osaka

“Romance” might not the be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Osaka. But beyond the kitsch and inexpensive local fare of Dotonbori is Grand Front Osaka, a mega shopping complex that rivals the glitz and glamor of Omotesando and Ginza. Among the four buildings that make up this shopping complex is a tree lined avenue that will make your date feel as if they’ve been whisked away to Europe.

Chandelier Table’s delectable desserts.

Complete your European date with French-Italian cuisine served at Chandelier Table, a restaurant with beautiful chandeliers and ornate gold decorations. 

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Wether you get a chance to travel to these spots or find your own place, tag us on social media with your Valentine’s Day shots #InJapanVday!