6 Reasons Why Japanese Couples Like to Date in Odaiba!

6 Reasons Why Japanese Couples Like to Date in Odaiba!

For those who don’t know, Odaiba is a large man-made island in Tokyo bay. It is well-known for its wide array of shopping and entertainment possibilities, as well as wonderful views of the bay and Rainbow Bridge. It is also one of the only places in the region where you can get open access to the beach. No wonder, then, that Odaiba has become such a popular venue for dating couples. There is literally so much to do and see there, that you could spend a couple of days wandering around its attractions. But here are just a few ideas for your Odaiba date.



 

6 Reasons Why Japanese Couples Like to Date in Odaiba!

 

1. Getting There

6 Reasons Why Japanese Couples Like to Date in Odaiba yurikamome

You can get to Daiba station on the Rinkai line, but many people prefer the Yurikamome line from Shimbashi to Daiba or Odaiba Keihin Koen (park). This train is completely computer controlled, and with its wide view of the bay as you cross the bridge on its elevated track, it creates an altogether more exciting mood than the rather ordinary Rinkai line subway trains. If money is no object, Tokyo Water Cruise ships from Asakusa to Odaiba offer a more romantic journey, especially as all the bridges will be lit up at night.

 

2. Attractions

6 Reasons Why Japanese Couples Like to Date in Odaiba attraction

The Decks shopping mall is where most people enter Odaiba, and you’ll find there Tokyo Joypolis amusement park, the Tokyo Trick Art Museum, the Odaiba Takoyaki Museum, as well as a lot of shops. A lot of people visit the Sony ExploraScience museum, but a better hands-on science experience can be had at Miraikan (Nat. Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), just a few stops away on the Yurikamome line. Double daters might enjoy the Oedo Onsen, an Edo period themed hot spring bath (not mixed, hence the recommendation for double dates). And don’t forget the excitement of the Giant Ferris Wheel, accessed through the impressive Toyota Mega Web; maybe a good thing to do before you eat anything!

 

3. Romantic Dining

Decks has a large variety of affordable restaurants, including Chinese, on the 5th and 6th floors, giving great views of Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower. Some have a deck for outdoor dining. Next to Decks is Aqua City, and near Cinema Mediage is the Restaurant Zone; both locations have some nice restaurants. If you’re looking for something more intimate, look for Caress, which is near Keihin Koen station. It doesn’t have a view of the bay, but is close to the beach if you fancy a romantic stroll after dinner.

 

4. Media

6 Reasons Why Japanese Couples Like to Date in Odaiba media

If you decide to see a film, Cinema Mediage, part of Aqua City, is one of the largest cinemas in Tokyo showing the latest releases. One of the first things you’ll see entering Odaiba, is the Fuji TV building. For fans of Japanese TV, this uniquely futuristic, earthquake-proof building has a lot to see, including a tour of the studios (which costs around ¥500).

 

5. Walking on the Beach

6 Reasons Why Japanese Couples Like to Date in Odaiba beach

There’s nothing more romantic than strolling or sitting by the water’s edge, breathing in the sea air and marvelling at the view across the bay, and of Rainbow Bridge. However, every other dating couple will have the same idea, so don’t expect the beach at Odaiba to be secluded or private. But if you follow the shoreline towards the Statue of Liberty (yes, that’s right!), you’ll come to a smaller park with a view of the docks. It’s much quieter there.

 

6. Getting Lucky

6 Reasons Why Japanese Couples Like to Date in Odaiba hotel_nikko

For established couples and married folk, Odaiba can be a wonderful location for a short romantic break, in which case you might think about a stay at one of the three main hotels. The Grand Pacific Le Daiba, and Hotel Nikko both have great views of the bay. The Washington Hotel’s views are less interesting, but as it’s classed as a business hotel, room rates are much cheaper. Otherwise, couples who feel an urge to round off a date by ‘getting busy’ can take the short train ride to Shibuya and its Love Hotel Hill.

 

Conclusion

As you can see, that’s way more than six reasons for taking a date to Odaiba, and I’ve barely mentioned a sixth of the things you can do there! So whether your date is during the daytime, or you plan on making a night of it, Odaiba must be one of the best places to enjoy a romantic interlude by the sea.

 

6 Reasons Why Japanese Couples Like to Date in Odaiba!

1. Getting There
2. Attractions
3. Romantic Dining
4. Media
5. Walking on the Beach
6. Getting Lucky