Welcome back to our at-home date night series, inspired by our most popular honeymoon destinations of all time.
This week’s edition takes us to the beautiful Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind cultural, historical and culinary experience. The possibilities for adventure are endless, as Tokyo is home to many monuments as well as the iconic Mt. Fuji. Tokyo is also a great place to try new foods, from sushi to ramen to less common traditional dishes like natto. Read on to create your honeymoon at home in Tokyo.
Tokyo Date Night: Food & Drinks
Food is a huge part of Japanese culture. To experience some traditional flavors while having some fun, try these sushi combinations and traditional-style ramen. Both recipes can be made vegetarian.
To drink, Calpis is a popular non-alcoholic choice. Or, a bottle of Sake makes for a nice complement to the meal.
And to tie everything together, enjoy some mochi for dessert.
Tokyo Date Night: Ambience
Bring Tokyo to life in your home for under $100 with these decorations and props:
- Cherry Blossom Backdrop
- Traditional Paper Lanterns
- Lantern Centerpiece
- Sushi Kit
- Origami Kit
- Photo Props
For extra fun, add these touches:
Find these items and more on our full Date Night at Home Tokyo shopping list on Amazon.
Tokyo Date Night: Music and Tours
During cocktail hour, choose one of these playlists to set the mood (choose the music streaming service you use):
And then enjoy exploring Tokyo, and other parts of Japan, with these virtual tours.
Tokyo Date Night: Step-by-Step Instructions
Here’s a sure-fire guide to pulling off a date night to remember:
Week before: Order supplies from our Date Night at Home Tokyo shopping list on Amazon.
Day before: Shop for food/drinks ingredients
- Short grain rice
- Sushi vinegar (rice vinegar, sugar, kosher/sea salt)
- Nori (seaweed)
- Fillings (seafood, veggies, etc)
- Soy sauce
- Wasabi (optional)
- Sushi ginger (optional)
- Dark soy sauce
- Light soy sauce
- Cayenne pepper
- Garlic cloves
- Chicken thigh boneless, skin off
- Brown sugar
- Chicken stock
- Spring onions
- Red chili or dried chili flakes
- Shiitake mushrooms
- Ramen noodles
- Soft boiled eggs
- Sesame oil
- Radishes or bean sprouts
- Chili garlic oil
- Natural greek style yogurt
- Lemon juice
- Mineral water/water/soda water
- Sweetened red bean paste
- Sweet rice flour
- Green tea powder
- White sugar
5 pm: Set up your decorations and get your playlist on!
6 pm: Start prepping your sushi and/or ramen
7 pm: Time to get dressed up
7:30 pm: Enjoy happy hour cocktails
8 pm: Dinner time! Indulge in the traditional Japanese dishes
9pm: Explore Tokyo through virtual tours on your tv, make origami projects, try your hand at Japanese calligraphy, take some romantic photos, and enjoy your mochi.
Don’t forget to take pictures to remember your night! If you share on social media, use the tag @honeyfund and #HoneymoonatHome, so we can feature you on Honeyfund’s social. Check back next Monday for our next Honeymoon at Home date-night destination!
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