Autumn is a great time of year for a lot of things – pumpkin spice lattes, horror films, chestnut-flavored snacks, but its also a great time to grab your favorite coat and head out with your special someone to enjoy the cooler weather. With the summer heat finally a thing of the past, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Tokyo date spots for you to check out this season, without the need for air conditioning.

Kichijoji  

kichijoji's Inokashira Park

kichijoji’s Inokashira Park

As the cloying humidity of summer’s height slips away and the city’s leaves don their autumn  bronzer, Inokashira Park transforms once more into an ideal date destination. Considered one  of the most romantic spots in the city, couples have long flocked here to take a spin in the  charming swan boats that dot Inokashira’s central pond. But how does one make a date  memorable? Might we recommend: a van down by the river. No, really. Garage 50 (less a  garage and more just a vintage VW van) is a weird, wonderful joint that serves up delicious  personal pizzas for just six hundred yen. The makeshift pizza oven is located right in the vehicle  itself. It’s also only a few blocks away from Inokashira, which makes it the perfect pitstop for  grabbing take out before heading to the park for a picturesque picnic. 

Garage 50
$
1-23-5 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino City
4 min. walk from Kichijoji Station 

Yoyogi  

Three words: coffee, pastries, puppies. There are few things we expats crave more than the  love of our pets while we’re away. DOG HEART, located next to Yoyogi Park, offers a grand  solution to this perennial longing: rentable puppies! Yes, for a small fee, you can rent a pooch  and take them for a stroll through Yoyogi. They even provide all necessary equipment like a  leash, water, snacks, and a doggy bag, so all you have to do is focus on making memories. Of  course, for all its cuteness, this date is not complete without a meal. Once you pick up your  pup, head to 365 Days. The coffee and pastries at this cafe are delicious, elegant, and  endlessly Instagram-able.  

DOG HEART from アクアマリン
1-45-2 Tomigaya, Shibuya City
3 min. walk from Yoyogi Koen Station
dog-heart.ico.bz  

365 Days
$$
1-2-8 Tomigaya, Shibuya City
1 min. walk from Yoyogi Koen
Instagram: @ultrakitchen.ltd  

Ebisu  

Gem by moto

With fantastic hole-in-the-wall restaurants and streetlights topped with glowing pints of beer,  Ebisu is a district that begs for a boozy dinner date. GEM by moto, located in the northernmost  outskirts of the neighborhood, is a whimsical dive that combines curious, world-class sake with  imaginative tapas. While menu offerings can range from the mild mushroom risotto to the  outrageous blue cheese and ham croquette, it is always a good idea to leave everything up to your server, who will expertly pair your sake of choice with its perfect snack partner. Following  dinner, no evening in Ebisu is complete without a stop at Wine Stand Waltz, a microscopic  stand bar hidden behind a mess of vine and foliage. Cap the night sipping natural wines and  hand selecting old vinyl records to play in-store. 

Gem by moto
$$
1-30-9 Ebisu, Shibuya City
10 min. walk from Ebisu Station
gembymoto.gorp.jp  

Wine Stand Waltz
$
4-24-3 Ebisu, Shibuya City
9 min. walk from Ebisu Station
Instagram: @wine.stand_waltz  

Shibuya  

Bar Piano

If the rigors of the modern world have made dating feel stale, try stepping back in time. In the  heart of Shibuya, the busiest ward in the world’s largest city, there is silence. Nonbei Yokocho  is a cramped, creaking alleyway that has seen a lot and survived it all. Unsurprisingly, this  Showa-era darling has become a famous photo spot for tourists and locals alike. The photos  are nice, especially for a date night, but it’s on peaceful evenings that Nonbei becomes a time  machine. Walking the alley and poking your head into the various bars that line the street, it’s  suddenly the 1950s. It’s a magical experience. For a true escape, head for Bar Piano, an  indecipherable lounge painted red with the dim glow of colored bulbs. Have drinks upstairs,  meet fellow bar tenants, and leave yourself truly wondering where and when you are. 

Bar Piano
$$
1-25-10 Shibuya, Shibuya City
3 min. walk from Shibuya Station
Instagram: @barpiano.tokyo  

Kasai  

New Aladdin

One train stop away from Tokyo Disneyland, you’ll find Kasai-Rinkai Koen, home to Tokyo Sea  Life Park and Japan’s tallest ferris wheel. Tokyo Sea Life Park is a cheap, fascinating, and  relatively quiet aquarium, making it an optimal date excursion. Sharks, rays, schooling tuna, a  kelp forest, and even a penguin exhibit can all be found underneath the dome of this exemplary  marine museum. In addition to the sea life, Kasai-Rinkai boasts the Diamond and Flower  Ferris Wheel which, on clear days, holds one of the best views of Mt. Fuji in all of Tokyo. After a  day of exploring, hop a bus to Kasai and grab doner kebabs at New Aladdin, a low-profile  hookah lounge with a big drink menu and even bigger personality. 

Tokyo Sea Life Park
6-2-3 Rinkaicho, Edogawa City
6 min. walk from Kasai-Rinkai-Koen Station
tokyo-zoo.net  

New Aladdin
$
3-30-13, Nakakasai, Edogawa City  5 min. walk from Kasai Station  new-aladdin.business.site