Kinshicho is a pleasant district of Tokyo where to spend time strolling hand in hand, shopping or window-shopping, and simply enjoying time with a boyfriend/husband or girlfriend/wife! It is also a convenient place to get a hotel room because Kinshicho train station is near several bus stops when arriving from (or going to) the airport e.g. Akihabara (5 minutes, 160 yen), Tokyo station (10 minutes, 160 yen), and Tokyo Skytree (2 minutes, 170 yen).
Hand in hand in relaxing parks
Although in Tokyo, Kinshicho district is far from the noise and busyness of famous areas such as Akihabara, Shibuya and Shinjuku. It is a great place to walk at a leisurely pace, hand in hand with your boyfriend/husband or girlfriend/wife! In addition to the quiet small streets, there are two parks where you can stroll and take a break: Kinshi Park and Oyokogawa Water Park. From both parks, you can see the sky very well as there are few tall buildings in the area.
Just northeast of Kinshicho station, Kinshi Park is a square park popular with couples, mothers with babies and the elderly. Take your time to walk in the alleys, beside the trees and a fountain, and maybe sit on a bench for a few minutes to observe everyday life and families in Japan. Listen to the children playing and Japanese elders chatting nearby. If you look north from the west half of the park, you can even see the Tokyo Skytree, particularly romantic when illuminated on evenings!
West of Kinshicho station, you can also walk in the long Oyokogawa Water Park (oriented south-north), which is under ground level but lets visitors see the sky! Fewer people spend time there and, thanks to its design, you will not hear the cars. It is peaceful and pleasant, with streams, many trees (including bamboo) and with illustrations of Japanese legends on the walls. From Kinshicho station, this is the most enjoyable way to reach the Tokyo Skytree. Also, it is a great place for jogging with your partner in the morning if you stay at a nearby hotel! A bit hungry? Eat a plant-based meal or dessert at Sasaya Cafe 🙂
Shopping malls and artisan shops
When I visited Kinshicho district for the first time, I was astonished by the contrast of quiet small streets and the presence of big shopping centers selling cameras, clothes, etc. both south and north of Kinshicho station. My favorite one is Olinas Kinshicho mall but I also like little shops such as Sumida Edo Kiriko Museum.
Olinas Kinshicho is quite different from the other shopping centers in central Tokyo: it has benches outside, a terrace to enjoy food, and an architecture that provides a refreshing atmosphere. Walking inside on a sunny day, you can feel space and light all around you. Because there are no crowds (on weekdays), you can go from shop to shop hand in hand with your partner. The design of the building and the organization of the shops are pleasant to the eye; you should spend a very enjoyable moment at Olinas Kinshicho 🙂 Just take your time and enter the shops selling hats or flower-shaped Japanese accessories for women’s hair, find a seat near the transparent wall on the west side and slowly drink or eat an ice cream while looking at the green Kinshi Park below… If you are hungry, you can easily find a table for two to enjoy Japanese food or Thai food! For vegetarians, I recommend the Veggie House just across the street north. Remember that Olinas Kinshicho is an excellent place to kill time on a rainy day!
Sumida Edo Kiriko Museum is northwest, just 5 minutes away on foot. There, you can admire and purchase faceted glass made by local artisans. The shop is small but you may see like me an artisan creating a product or, if you are motivated, you can join an activity to learn how to make faceted glass. This activity is apparently popular with couples because the 4 seats were occupied by two couples when I went there!
Fun typical options
As a couple, you may want to share special moments together. For this, I recommend you to try a karaoke place or a game center (e.g. KaraokeKan Kinshicho and Taito Station Kinshicho Rakutenchi south of Kinshicho station). If you do not want to be too active, you can instead enjoy a concert at Sumida Triphony Hall! Will you go play, sing or listen together? Note that you may not be able to purchase tickets on site for a concert at Sumida Triphony Hall; check the details before going.
Date plan for a day in Kinshicho?
Kinshicho is a small district so you can easily adapt the date plan I suggest below to the weather and season:
09:30 – Walk in Kinshi Park.
10:00 – Window-shopping at Olinas Kinshicho.
12:00 – Lunch at Olinas Kinshicho or Veggie House.
13:30 – Discovery of faceted glass at Sumida Edo Kiriko Museum.
14:00 – Walk in Oyokogawa Water Park.
14:30 – Photos in front of, and at, Tokyo Skytree.
16:30 – Dessert at Sasaya Cafe.
17:30 – Exploration of the shops south of Kinshicho station.
18:30 – Video games at Taito Station Kinshicho Rakutenchi: car races, street fights, battles with giant robots…
19:30 – Dinner in a small restaurant of your choice, depending on the likes and personality of your lover.
20:30 – Karaoke at KaraokeKan Kinshicho.
22:00 – Return to your hotel when you feel satisfied and sleepy.
Have fun with the love of your life 🙂