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Valentine's Day in Tokyo

Make the most of the role reversal – we bring you the best date tips and fanciest chocolates

Yep, you've heard it before: February 14 in Japan is, ahem, different – women give men chocolate, and men, well, receive chocolate. Unlike elsewhere in the world, going on dates used to be rather rare, and nobody really cared even if you were single – aside from being the wet dream of every chocolate maker out there, V-Day was just another day. Apart from the choc, all this seems to be quietly changing, as more and more Tokyoites are putting effort into actually treating their special someone to a special day. Join the fray with our sweet 'n' saucy Valentine's Day picks, including date ideas, love hotel suggestions, romantic bars and – of course – the city's most desirable chocolate treats.

Take your date to...

...admire the city at night

There are few things more breathtaking than gazing out over the sea of lights that is Tokyo at night, and virtually everyone in the city has their own favourite spot for viewing the spectacle. Admiring the view is of course best done while sipping a drink in good company – try one of these bars for the best vistas...

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By: Time Out Tokyo Editors

...the ice-skating rink

Ice skating's obviously something best experienced out in the open, and preferably together with that special someone. Quality rinks can be found all around the city – these are some of our top picks...

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By: Time Out Tokyo Editors

...a love hotel

Not all love hotels are the same: offering a full-on 'entertainment experience' and welcoming visitors of all stripes, be they a gay couple, a group of adventurous female friends or a carful of tired campers, our list of 'multi-use' establishments is well worth checking out for your V-Day prep...

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By: Kosuke Shimizu