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Fancy Date Spots Around the Skytree

by Veronika 2911

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Oshiage is a district in Tokyo with one of the most
famous landmarks of the country - Tokyo Skytree.
Everyday this area is flooded with tourists,
and there seem to be very few young couples on
dates. However, in reality there are plenty of nice
places to visit with your significant one around
Oshiage. And a nice view of the Skytree is a great

Recommended Route

Oshiage Station (Skytree town B3 Exit) →
Sweets atelier Sunlemon →
ONE@Tokyo → Plaisir → Takagi Shrine →
Unlimited Coffee Bar Tokyo →
Oshiage Station (Skytree town B3 Exit)  

Distance: 2.3 km
Steps: 3980
Time: 28 min + sightseeing, shopping
Budget: 5000 yen

1. Share a lemon pie bittersweet like first love

After leaving the East exit of the station and
heading forward, you might see a cute sign for
Sunlemon. It is a cake shop well known and
loved by many Tokyoites.

The store is run by a mother and her two daughters,
and all of the cakes are handmade based on the
mother's recipes. "Our motto is making cakes that
people would want to eat everyday". You can see
many different cakes on display - from cream puffs
(250 yen) to Mont Blancs (450 yen) and almond
puddings (390 yen); 12~13 types in total. Various
pastries are also popular as souvenirs.

You can have the cakes for take-out or relax and
eat them in the store.
One of the popular cakes is our recommended
Lemon pie (370 yen).

The light meringue and the luxurious lemon
custard... What a delicious balance of sweet
and sour! The store also offers a lunch menu
from healthy and delicious homegrown vegetables.

Sweets atelier Sunlemon
23-3 Oshiage 1-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Open 11:00~20:00 (L.O. 19:30)
Lunch 11:30~14:00
(limited number of portions)
Closed on Sundays

2. Have luxurious lunch at a stylish hotel.

Leaving the cake shop head East again, leaving
Skytree behind. After 1 minute you will reach the
next destination - "ONE@Tokyo" hotel.

This hotel was made by one of the designers of
the New National Stadium, the world-renowned
architect Kengo Kuma. The polished atmosphere
of the hotel makes you forget that you are in
downtown Oshiage. Head over to the "@lobby café"
located near the front desk for lunch.

The concept of food is French fusion known as
"New American". This type of cuisine originated
in the 1980's and focuses on mixing elements from
different cuisines.

By using various unusual ingredients from Tokyo,
like "Tokyo beef" or "Edo vegetables", chef
prepares dishes that are not only beautiful to look
at, but also very delicious.
You can choose one of three dishes on lunch
menu, and it is only 1200 yen with salad and drink

Our recommendation would be the Ogawa Phoenix
Egg Benedict (1250 yen) pictured above. This
Egg Benedict uses potatoes instead of English
muffins. The mix of fluffy yellow eggs and potatoes
with salty bacon is the best! Sharing this moment
of gastronomy bliss on a date would make the
perfect lunch time memories...

@lobby café(ONE @ Tokyo) 
1-19-3 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Breakfast 7:00~10:30 (L.O. 10:00),
Lunch 11:30~15:00 (L.O. 14:30),
Dinner 18:00~22:00 (L.O. 21:30),
Café 10:00~21:00

"Tokyo Skytree viewing spot 1"
Only guests staying at the hotel can go up
to the roof terrace.

Roof terrace on the 11th floor is said to be the
best spot to view the Tokyo Skytree.
You can also see the night view of the Skytree with
a nice drink in hand.
A stay is from about 30,000 yen per night for a loft,
which is a surprisingly reasonable price for such
nice accommodations.
It might be a good place to stay after a special
fancy date~

Pictured above is the Atelier suite (from 70,000
yen per night). It might be perfect for a nice end
to a night out with friends! There are many foreign
staff members and all of them are friendly and
ready to help out anytime.

ONE @ Tokyo
03-5630-1193(for reservations)

3. The secret hole in the wall to spice up your life.

After crossing the Oshiage Sanchome crossing
and heading North towards an underpass, you
can find a small shop that looks like a gallery.

It is a place called "Plasir" opened by a renovation
company - storage turned shop and showroom.

As you enter the store you will see amazing
craftsmanship - display shelves are all handmade,
and everything, from lighting to colors of the walls,
is gorgeous. It might become a nice inspiration
when redecorating or moving to a new place!

The herbarium and accessories made by the
owner's wife are also beautiful. It is a good place
to look for a present to your loved one or yourself.

The owners plan to do herbarium and DIY
workshops in the future, so stay tuned!

1-17-7-10 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Open 13:00~18:00
Closed on Sundays and National Holidays

4. Pray for good luck at the local shrine.

As you head through the underpass and walk
straight ahead for 4 minutes, you will find Takagi
Shrine. Built in Muromachi period (1336-1573)
for a Shinto god Takamimusubi, this shrine has
been a beloved worship spot ever since.  

The "musubi" part of the god's name means "knot"
in Japanese, so there are various knot themed
decorations and amulets around the shrine.

If you buy a red shrine seal, you will get a small
stone with a knot. It carries the prayer of good
luck to all shrine worshipers, so do get it!

The knot symbol might be most famous for
tying the fate of two lovers, but it also represents
all living things and resolutions of arguments and
discussions, so it might be a good amulet for any
person who values connections with others.

"Tokyo Skytree viewing spot 2"

There are plenty of spots where you can take
beautiful pictures of the shrine with Skytree in
the background, so look around carefully!

After you leave the shrine, continue North until
you reach a big street.
Walk towards the West side of the Skytree for
about 10 minutes.
Just after passing the Tokyo Skytree Station you
will find a lovely picture spot.

"Tokyo Skytree viewing spot 3"

Take nice pictures of Skytree with blooming
sakura trees near Tobu bridge.

5. Finish your stroll with a coffee or
something stronger~

After walking around Oshiage and enjoying
the spring weather, head to the "Unlimited Coffee
Bar Tokyo" located on the South side of the Tobu
It is a coffee place where baristas are authorized
judges of Barista Championships and can explain
to you everything about your coffee - from its'
cultivation to brewing. The owners say their concept
is "a store where one can experience excellent coffee
made by professional baristas".

The owners roast their own coffee beans, making
specialties of every region's coffee stand out.
Baristas will listen to your preferences and even
your mood to help you choose the perfect brew.
It truly is a paradise for coffee enthusiasts!

We recommend trying out the milk beverage
Cortado (540 yen). It is a drink of one espresso
shot with steamed milk. You can choose one of
two types of espresso beans. Even if you are
not a fan of milk coffees, you will love this one.
The sweetness of milk is not overpowering, so
you can taste the beans clearly.

In the evening, you can try one of the coffee
cocktails made by the barista!
We recommend Espresso Martini (1080 yen).
It is an original recipe of a short vodka based
cold cocktail. As you drink it, you can feel the
nice fruity coffee smell mixing with the gentle
taste of vodka. A nice wood design of the store
and delicious special cocktails make it a great
place for a romantic date.

On the 2nd floor there is the "Barista Training
Labo" located, and all of the baristas working at
the store were the winners of Barista Cup of the
Labo. There is even a 6th place winner of the
Coffee Cocktail World Championship working there!
As you sit by the counter and listen to barista
stories while sipping your drink, you feel more
and more enticed by the world of coffee.

1-18-2 Narihira, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Open Tue-Fri 11:00~0:00 (L.O. 23:30),
Sat 9:00~0:00 (L.O. 23:30),
Sun 9:00~22:00 (L.O. 21:30)
Closed on Mondays

How did you like the route? There is more to Oshiage
than just Skytree! You can find lovely date spots
around here, as well as places to see sakura blossoms.
Enjoy your enriching experience of finding new and
exciting places around the Skytree area!


Original article in Japanese