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first_img4. Japan: nothing for the ladiesValentine’s Day is all about the guys, so girls – don’t expect any special treatment. The 14th of February in Japan is for women to step up their game and buy their man chocolate, whereas women don’t get any gifts until a month later in March. However, this tones down the whole idea of a ‘couples day’ and leaves singletons room to indulge in Tokyo‘s sushi restaurants, kooky nightlife and karaoke bars without fear of stumbling over smooching pairs around every corner. Pay a visit to the oldest temple in the city, Sensō-ji (five minutes walk from Asakusa Metro Station), and say a prayer to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Asakusa Kannon, by way of thanks. Take a look at our picture guide to Tokyo for more inspiration. 3. Belgorod, Russia: where Valentine’s Day is bannedDread the sight of cute teddies clogging up the shops? This neat and tidy city south of Moscow is right up your street. Valentine’s Day has been banned a few times in previous years because, according to Grigory Bolotnov, a spokesperson at the Belgorod governor’s office, it’s “not a Russian tradition and it doesn’t teach good moral values to Russian youth.” He also added: “Society needs to think about the consequences. We could have started celebrating a day of vodka or beer just as well.” Direct flights to Russia from the UK land at capital Moscow, so take Grigory at his word and call in at the Vodka Museum (open 10am to 8pm every day) for more on this national pastime. 2. Trenton, New Jersey : for a date free holidayIn recent years, the state capital of New Jersey has had the fewest number of Valentine’s Day reservations made in the whole of the US, according to data collected by the restaurant app Foursquare. Either they’re all about spontaneous walk-ins, or Trenton is the place to go if you want to enjoy your freedom with lots of other people also not on dates. Amuse yourself with New Jersey’s worthy collection of museums or take in a ball game at Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder baseball team, and thank your stars that you won’t have to deal with all those public displays of affection. And if you want a proper singles night out, there’s always New York City, just an hour and a half’s drive away. 7. Divorce Hotel, Utrecht, Netherlands: for amicable separationsFor a stay that’s a world away from the sex museums and burlesque shows of Amsterdam’s red light district, get in touch with the folks at Divorce Hotel, who aim to resolve – or dissolve – your marital disputes over a long weekend. It’s a cost-effective, positive and very Dutch way of divorcing, for couples without complex issues who just want a nice, clean break-up. Sound like you? You’ll need to apply and be approved by a mediator to find out the location and book, but expect luxury surroundings, swimming pools and lovely gardens in which to walk off any regrets and “start the next phase of your life”, as the company puts it. And on a similar theme…Where to find the highest population of single people in the worldFind love in these low-marriage locations.6 of the best places to break upGive your other half the heave-ho on holiday in one of these best spots for splits.Destinations to inspire Valentine’s DayHave a laugh at the silliness of it all, with these 10 romantically-named places to get your heart a-flutter, (or your stomach churning).Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. Zagreb, Croatia: an axe to end it allGetting over a break-up? Croatian capital Zagreb may have the perfect accompaniment to your anti-Valentine’s mood: a museum packed full of bizarre methods used to get over relationships. From an axe, used to hack up an ex-partner’s things while she was sleeping with a new lover, to clothes, wigs, props and toys, this is a unique and irreverent attraction that, at a mere 30 krona (£3), beats an expensive champagne dinner any day. Image: Connie Ma, CC BY-SA 2.0.6. Chernobyl, Ukraine: the ghost townDespite what you may think, your safety is not in question if you pay a visit to nuclear disaster zone, Chernobyl – only don’t expect romance to thrive anytime soon. Thousands of tourists visit the ghost town of Pripyat every year, abandoned thirty years ago when the nearby power plant exploded. Day trips are available from $99 per person and are actually a fascinating, though sobering, experience. But if the rusting Ferris wheel and gutted apartment buildings don’t kill the mood, the strict security restrictions and full body scans to check for radiation ought to do it, so you should be safe from honeymooners here. 1. Truelove Lowlands, Devon Island, Canada: the world’s loneliest islandAh how sweet, a place named after everlasting romance. Before you’re overcome with warm and fuzzy feelings, bear in mind that this region of Devon Island in Canada is anything but. A craggy, windswept outcrop of rock often compared to Mars and abandoned since the 1950s, it’s the perfect place for misanthropes and anyone sick of the sight of loved-up couples, so get your hiking boots on and find out what true isolation feels like. You can get dropped off on Devon Island by flying to Ottawa and on to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island, via Iqaluit (Baffin Island), but you may end up sharing a camping ground with the NASA crew who research here every summer (or the odd man-eating polar bear). 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