With state-of-the-art technology, multiple popular tourist spots, private hot springs, majestic gardens, beach resorts, mesmerizing cherry blossoms, and bamboo forests, a honeymoon in Japan can feel like a dream come true.
For newlywed couples, a honeymoon is all about spending time with each other in a romantic, relaxing, and intimate setting. A honeymoon in Japan offers just that – and more. You could plan a perfect getaway filled with adventurous days, dreamy evenings, and romantic nights.
Here are a few ideas of how you can make your first few days with your betrothed memorable.
Japanese cuisine is refined and vibrant and making it requires you to learn the authentic, traditional techniques and understand the importance of each ingredient being used. Learning to cook a Japanese meal as a couple can be an exciting experience.
Hosts can offer you a meal with a cooking lesson, ranging from obanazai cooking, which is native to Kyoto, to kyaraben, which teaches you how to make character-themed bento boxes.
The Shinkansen Bullet Train is one of the fastest ways to travel around the country island. Going up to 320 kilometers per hour can save you time and provide you with an efficient and unique travel experience.
For both natives and international visitors, cherry blossom season in Japan is a wonderful time of year. Festivals spring up across the country, and visitors flock to take in the entire season.
Chidorigafuchi Moat is northwest of the Imperial Palace, in the heart of Tokyo. It is planted with Sakura trees that bloom in spring, often adorned with lights, creating a mesmerizing walk or boat ride down the moat. The event at Chidorigafuchi Moat attracts more than a million visitors each year.
When operations resume, you can enjoy a 30-minute boat ride. Even during the off-season, you can enjoy the ancient Japanese scenery in juxtaposition with the high-rise metropolitan city on one side.
Robot Restaurant, despite its name, is more of a flashy performance than a place to dine. The Shinjuku Robot Restaurant in Tokyo offers a unique, high-energy experience where you can see multi-colored laser lights, flamboyant dancers, and fancy robots put on a show.
When you honeymoon in Japan, you can’t leave before witnessing this high-powered, vibrant attraction that features robots, dragons, blue-haired dancers, ninjas, plentiful neon lights, drums, and loud J-pop electronic music.
The name "rickshaw" is an anglicized translation of the Japanese word "jinrikisha," which refers to a human-powered carriage. The term now encompasses not only the conventional human-powered carriage but also any other conveyance that looks similar, whether motorized or electric.
In Tokyo, you can find friendly rickshaw drivers in the traditional Asakusa neighborhood, where they offer an unconventional and unique experience. A rickshaw typically does not require a reservation unless you plan on making it a long one. You can book a tour with companies such as Kurumaya, Jidaiya, Kosugiya, or Ebisuya.
The Tsukiji Fish Market features wholesale and retail shops, along with restaurants serving fresh and processed seafood. The eateries are normally open from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the early afternoon. You can start the day with a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch.
A wide range of restaurants serve a delectable raw fish buffet, ranging from kaisendon (a seafood and rice bowl) to sashimi, with many catering to the budget-conscious.
Onsens are Japanese hot springs, rich in beneficial minerals. Popular onsen towns are Kusatsu, Hakone, Kurokawa, and Noboribetsu.
These hot springs have a certain etiquette that must be followed, such as no clothes, alcohol, phones, or tattoos allowed. They also have divided sections for males and females. However, when it comes to honeymoon destinations in Japan, you’d want privacy as a couple.
Fortunately, many onsen ryokan in Japan offer private onsens in guest rooms. Private onsens can have stunning views, allowing you and your partner to relax while taking in the marvelous sights of mountains, oceans, and nature.
Taking a calm morning walk through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest can allow you and your spouse to appreciate the soaring stalks of swaying bamboo trees.
The famed "Bamboo Alley," one of Kyoto's most photographed attractions, is formed by a paved pathway that runs through the center of the bamboo tree groves.
Visitors to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park can witness wild monkeys, known as Japanese Macaques or Snow Monkeys, bathing in a natural hot spring. They roam in large social groups and gather around a man-made pool.
The Park remains open throughout the year, but the monkeys are incredibly photogenic when the landscape is covered in snow. You can capture fascinating memories of your honeymoon in Japan.
Viewing the skyline is essential when you visit Japan. Soaring skyscrapers and vibrant city lights against the night sky create an enchanting image. Roppongi Hills is a building complex in the center of Tokyo's Roppongi neighborhood. It features houses, restaurants, apartments, offices, shops, a hotel, an art museum, and an observation deck, making it one of the best honeymoon destinations in Japan.
You can plan the perfect date night, starting with exploring the Mori Garden and Art Museum, followed by a romantic dinner, and ending the night with a panoramic view of the city from atop Mori Tower.
Tokyo Disneyland is divided into seven themed lands and boasts seasonal decorations and parades. It is modeled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida. If you’re planning your honeymoon in Japan, visiting Disneyland is a must.
You can go on a shopping spree at the World Bazaar, explore space and technology at Tomorrowland, re-visit your childhood at Toontown, step into a fairytale in Fantasyland, explore Adventureland, and more.
Part of the joy of visiting a new country is getting to experience their diverse and rich culture first-hand. Since your honeymoon is all about taking pictures of yourselves as a couple, why not embrace the Japanese culture? You can dress up as samurais and geishas for a photoshoot at one of the ancient Japanese gardens.
With this dinner cruise, you can set sail on a traditionally decorated boat around Tokyo Bay. You can observe the city from a different perspective while savoring a fantastic Japanese feast. Live music and a dance performance add entertainment to the cruise. You will need to book at least 48 hours in advance to ensure you get a spot.
Festivals in Japan are organized around a single main celebration theme and include cuisine, games, and other forms of entertainment. They can be located in a variety of locations across the country, including parks with fireworks and shrines, and temples. You have the option to plan your honeymoon in Japan according to the festival you wish to experience. While many festivals are seasonal, you can always find something or the other taking place at any time of the year.
Here are some popular festivals that take place throughout the year:
• Yuki Matsuri in January and February: A snow festival in which people make snow and ice sculptures.
• Omizutori in March: A Buddhist, sacred water-drawing festival in Nara, during which people cleanse themselves of their sins.
• Hanami in January to May: These are the renowned cherry blossom festivals that take place around the country, depending on when these trees bloom.
• Kanamara Matsuri in April: A rather unconventional festival with a fascinating origin.
• Gion Matsuri in July: One of the most popular festivals, with enjoyable “Yoi-Yama” events followed by a float procession.
• Aomori Nebuta Matsuri in August: A colorful festival with floats of mythological creatures and Japanese characters, lantern floats, music, dancing, and brightly lit streets.
• Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri in September: A harvest festival in South Osaka that features large decorated wooden floats.
Mount Fuji is an active volcano, rising up to 3776 meters. It is renowned for its nearly perfect shape and has been worshipped as a sacred mountain for centuries. On clear days, if you’re lucky, you can see the snow-capped mountain from Tokyo and Yokohama. If you want to relax a bit and enjoy Mount Fuji in a beautiful natural setting, you can visit the Fuji Five Lakes region at the mountain's northern foothills, or Hakone, a neighboring hot spring destination.
The Fuji Five Lakes is one of the most picturesque honeymoon destinations in Japan, providing a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. The location is ideal for couples who want to enjoy the natural beauty while simultaneously participating in adventure activities.
The Japanese tea ceremony is an intricate practice, often known as sado, chado, or even chanoyu, roughly translating to 'the way of tea.' There are tour guides and booking experiences available online that allow you to choose a time and location to participate in this ceremony in a traditional setting.
Home to the popular geisha district, Gion, Kyoto has numerous tea houses and ryokans. For example, the Geisha Encounter Performance at Omori Chaya in Tokyo lets you experience the tea ceremony as hosted by a geisha.
Samurai and Ninja lessons can be a fun activity for your honeymoon in Japan, particularly if you’re looking for ways to include some physical activity in your trip. Entry-level samurai lessons can teach you techniques of using and drawing samurai swords. Multiple dojos even offer private lessons for a higher fee.
Love hotels are similar to regular hotels, with the exception that you can pay by the hour and are rarely permitted to stay more than 24 hours. They were designed as short-term getaways for couples in need of some privacy.
They can typically be recognized with symbols such as hearts, and they offer room rates for a “rest” or an overnight stay. Love hotels promise maximum privacy, with some featuring themed or fanciful rooms.
Okinawa is an ideal honeymoon destination in Japan during the summer, with various luxurious, high-end beach resorts spread across the island. It's perfect if you enjoy water activities like snorkeling, diving, or water sports. It is made up of 160 islands and is noted for its subtropical environment, which is home to numerous exotic animals and plants. Here are some of our favorite resorts in Okinawa:
• ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort
• Hoshinoya Taketomijima (Taketomi island)
• Hyakuna Garan
• Hotel Allamanda Kohamajima
• The Uza Terrace Beach Club Villas
Tokyo has more Michelin-star restaurants than any other city in the world. Why not take advantage of this fact and experience the ultimate fine dining experience? Here are a few of the best-known restaurants:
• Narisawa: Japanese cuisine
• Kagurazaka Ishikawa: Japanese cuisine
• Quintessence: French and contemporary cuisine
• Joël Robuchon: French cuisine
• RyuGin: Japanese cuisine
The superb service industry, remarkable transportation facilities, and unique, delightful cuisine come together with intimate and romantic honeymoon destinations in Japan to create an unforgettable experience.
So, get started on planning your epic honeymoon in Japan!