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Take Your Date Chocolate Mining

Sweets Events Dating in Japan Shinjuku

This year, instead of giving your Valentine some lame old heart-shaped box, why not treat your honey to an experience they’ll never forget: mining for tasty gold nuggets on a chocolate mountain!

Believe it or not, this is a mountain range made out of chocolate.

A close-up of a chocolate miner hard at work.

Where can you make this chocolate dream come true? At the Isetan department store in Shinjuku. It’s a limited-time event for Valentine’s Day and it’s only open until February 15, so you'd better hurry!

There are 11 different regions on this chocolate mountain, each with its own special flavor.

The mined chocolate pieces are put in a special bottle for you and your darling to gaze at together affectionately until you get home and devour the contents.

But if you prefer your Valentine’s Day sweets to be a little less earthy, there are also pre-mined gemstone candies available.

And the best part? It’s not that expensive. One 60-gram (2.11 oz) glass bottle of mined chocolate only comes to ¥1,500 (US$13). That’s way cheaper than a trip out to some fancy-schmancy restaurant for Valentine’s Day, and way cooler too. We can’t imagine a better way to craft some sweet memories.

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