Spotlight on Seattle: 10 Great Places to Go on a Date
Spring is in the air and so you might be feeling the urge to get out of the house and go on a few dates. Seattle can be a little bit sleepy in the winter but really people are just storing up their energy and getting ready to enjoy all that the city has to offer in the wonderful weather that summer brings. Spring is when people wake up from the winter stupor, put on a coat, brave the elements and check out what is happening around town. The only thing that could make this time of year any better is sharing some experiences with a new girlfriend.
Spring is bound to inspire some romantic feelings but not everywhere is the most suitable to take a Japanese girl on a date. Some plaves are definitely better than others to take a Japanese girl on a first date. Luckily, Seattle has plenty to offer a budding romance. Seattle is a charming city that has all of the elements to really impress a Japanese girl. It’s your job to put them together to plan a stellar date and that’s where we are here to help. If you’re lucky enough to live in Seattle, these date ideas are sure to win her heart. If you are planning a trip to Seattle, you’re in for a treat.
1- Cherry Blossoms
In Japan at this time of year the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Seattle tends to be a little bit later, but look out for those bright pink blossoms to usher in the true start of spring. Usually it’s a good idea to avoid anything to Japanese-oriented on a date, but these cherry blossoms are sure to strike the right note with any Japanese girl. The cherry blossom viewing is one of the most romantic experiences in Japan so you can use this to your advantage. It is traditional to plan a picnic under a cherry blossom tree and enjoy the day with people you care about. If the weather looks good, plan your picnic under the cherry blossom of your choosing. Bring along a bottle of wine if you don’t plan on driving, but don’t get caught, it is still technically illegal. There should be some nice ones on Capitol Hill, or just about any neighborhood in Seattle, but if you are stuck you can always try the Japanese botanical gardens in the arboretum district. If you head south you can also find some Japanese gardens in South Seattle at Kubota gardens.
2 – Park and Park
Japanese girls love to go for a drive. If you have a car, there are endless possibilities in Seattle and the surrounding area to inspire romance on a little daytime joyride. Golden Gardens is great but if you want a little bit more isolation, head a little bit farther up the coast to Carkeek Park. Park at the top and enjoy the walk down though dappled sunlight filtering through the trees. Don’t forget to tell your date to wear comfortable shoes. Japanese girls love to wear high heels and she won’t thank you on the way back up, unless you want to carry her. If you don’t have a car there are plenty of Seattle parks that fit the bill. Try gasworks, for example, for a great sunset view. Here is another great spot for a romantic picnic. Arrive in the afternoon, claim your spot and sit and enjoy the sunset with fellow Seattleites.
3 – Hop on a Bike
Japanese girls love to go for bike rides, just don’t expect them to go too fast! Grab a bike from a friend or rent one from the many Seattle bike rental spots dotted around the city. Seattle has an abundance of bikes paths and bike trails to explore. Try the Burke-Gilman trail that winds its way through the University District and around the edge of Lake Union before it continues all the way to Golden Gardens. Don’t wear yourself out though remember, you’ll have to bike your way back as well.
4 – Ocean Beauty
Another great car-less getaway that your date will love is a ferry trip to Bainbridge Island. The ferry leaves right from downtown and so it is easy to get to. Pack a lunch and enjoy it on board while you take in the beautiful ocean views of Seattle and the surrounding islands. The gentle rocking of the boat will be the perfect motion to set your date on the right track. Once on Bainbridge you can check out the cute harbor town and quaint atmosphere just minutes from Seattle. Head back in the afternoon and walk or take the bus up to Belltown for a happy hour cocktail.
5 – Variety is the Spice of Life at Pike Place Market
If you’re not quite sure what your date likes to eat head down to Pike Place Market. This famous tourist destination is great for locals as well. Be prepared to fork over for some fine food though as prices here are a little on the expensive side. That’s the price you pay for fresh delicacies of every variety. Go during the week or Friday afternoon to avoid the peak times.
6- Canoeing on Lake Union
Lake Union is located right in the heart of Seattle and it is an easy place to take in all of the sights of the city from. You can rent kayaks and canoes and head out on the water together. You’ll be all alone in a boat together so it is a great chance to get to know her better. You can find somewhere secluded to enjoy a little picnic lunch, or just float around taking it all in. Just don’t tip over, that will definitely sink your chances.
7 – Chocolate
Japanese girls love chocolate of all kinds. The smell fills the air at the chocolate factory of Theo chocolates in Fremont and so she will be in her element. After the tour you can grab some chocolate and head out on another one of these great date spots, or head down the hill to the waterfront in Fremont and take in the sights of the city. And hey, chocolate is supposed to be an aphrodisiac so you never know where this date might lead.
8 – Art and Culture at SAM
Show her your cultured side with a trip to the art museum. Seattle’s Art Museum is called SAM by locals and has a permanent collection as well as a regularly changing exhibition schedule. Admission can be a bit steep but you’re bound to impress her with your sense of style and refinement. If you’re on a budget, the first Thursday of every month is free.
Another stylish location to take your art is Seattle’s famous Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. You may never have heard of this glass artist before but he is basically a household name in Japan. It might sound a bit boring, but his eccentric and intricate designs are more than your everyday glass sculpture, they are true works of art.
9 – Ice Skating
Ice Skating is a great way to get a little bit closer on a first date. Most Japanese girls are not ice skating pros and so if you are steady on your feet you can be a support for her and hold her hand as she navigates the ice rink. Holding hands is one of the most important ways that Japanese girls evaluate their dates and so this is a highly recommended date idea. After the skate you can warm up with some hot chocolate for a truly classic wintertime experience.
10 – Views – Kerry Park
There is nothing more romantic than seeing the city lights for Japanese girls. Luckily, Seattle has plenty to offer in this department. Seattle really sparkles at night and great views are guaranteed from almost anywhere in the city. For true romance you can head to the famous Kerry Park to take in the city from its most beautiful angle. It can be a bit chilly at night at any time of year in Seattle so remember to bring an extra coat or a blanket for your date to really impress her with your gentlemanly skills and your forethought.
Of course, there is nowhere more splendid to see the city from than the famous landmark at the center of the city, the space needle. This landmark has been the jewel in Seattle’s crown since it opened in the 1950s. At the top of the tower is a rotating restaurant with panoramic views of the city. Meals here can be a bit pricey, but it is sure to impress a Japanese girl.
Be sure to bring a camera and capture the moment. Japanese girls love to take photos and showing that you want to take a snapshot with her in this romantic setting will make her feel special and memorable.
Seattle is such a great city to date in you can’t go wrong, but these top 10 tips will make sure your date goes right. Once your date is wrapped up take a look at some of the ways to do a post-date evaluation and how to move it forward to second-date territory.
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