With mesmerizing beauty, impressive and intriguing history, fascinating culture, Japan promises the perfect mix to offer newlyweds the special honeymoon of their dreams.
Whether you are romantic or adventurous, passionate about history, art, and architecture, or curious foodies, Japan is waiting for you with a multitude of surprises. If you are planning your amorous escape, continue reading and find out our best tips for a memorable honeymoon in spectacular Japan.
Best Time to Visit Japan
Japan is a vast country that gives you the chance to experience subtropical lands and frigid winters, depending on when and where you go.
If, for instance, skiing is not your cup of tea, you should consider traveling to Japan, from March to May and from September to November. Depending on your choice, you will be able to admire the iconic carry blossoms or the beautiful autumnal leaves. In many of the major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April.
Summer in Japan, from June to mid-September, depending on the location, offers locals and visitors warm and humid weather, as well as the chance to explore nature. Winter is also a great season to visit Japan, but only for adventurous who’re eager to hit the slopes. For those, the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido is the best destination, but areas close to Tokyo, like Shinkansen, are also good skiing spots.
Must-See Places During Your Japan Honeymoon
If you are a fan of big, bustling cities, like London and New York, and you are ready to give up the tranquil idea of romance to experience the craziness of a big city, Tokyo should be on your must-see list when visiting Japan.
Get lost in the big city, wander around its fascinating streets, and visit its fantastic landmarks, like the iconic Tokyo Skytree, the Sensoji temple, and the Harajuku Takeshita Street, a great spot for experiencing the crazy Japanese fashion. If you love Disney, you can spend some memorable moments at Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea. Also, if you and your loved one are foodies, Tokyo promises you the best culinary experiences. Make sure you indulge in some mouthwatering Edomae-sushi, made from fresh fish caught in the Tokyo Bay.
In case Tokyo sounds too big and busy for you, celebrate your love in a beautiful mountain forest region, where you can get closer to Japan’s sensational culture, while also exploring its gorgeous nature. Hakone is a great Japanese destination for all nature lovers who want to have a more relaxing honeymoon. Located near well-known Mount Fuji, approximately one and a half hours by train from Tokyo, Hakone welcomes honeymooners and other travelers with a sensational view of Mount Fuji, incredible spring resorts, and interesting shrines, like the lovely Shinto shrine, which can be visited by boat.
To get closer to the past of Japan, visiting its old capital Kyoto, is a fantastic idea. The romantic, small-town welcomes its visitors with an amazing mix of modern beauty and ancient vibes. Admire its temples, shrines, and imperial palaces, relax in its gardens and climb the mountains to admire the breathtaking sunrises, indulge in delicious ramen, and explore the city by bike.
If you have western Japan on your bucket list, begin the adventure in Osaka, its gorgeous capital, and one of the most popular destinations for all kinds of travelers. Bustling Osaka is filled with stunning attractions, but the city itself can instantly fascinate you with its vibrant cityscape and neon lights at night.
And the city has the power to satisfy all tastes. If you are a foodie, you will fall in love with the delicious local cuisine. Osaka’s local food is, without a doubt, a top attraction, and it includes octopus balls, squid pancakes, and many other delicacies. Shop on Osaka’s astonishing shopping streets, and have some fun at the Universal Studios Japan, the most visited theme park in the country. End your romantic escape in Osaka with a ride in the Tempozan Ferris Wheel.
And, to have a complete tour of Japan’s best areas, add Hiroshima to your must-visit list. Although considering its past, Hiroshima might not spring to mind when you plan your Japan honeymoon, the truth is that, regardless of its dark past, Hiroshima is a friendly and picturesque city, as well as a paradise for foodies. You can visit the city on a day trip, or spend a few days and take the time to indulge in its thriving food scene, explore its historic sites and charming galleries, as well as catch a glimpse of Japan’s wild nightlife.
Hiroshima is a modern city, and, if you want to get closer to the moment when, during World War II, it was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb, head towards Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Also, don’t miss the Hiroshima Castle and the Shukkei-en, a beautiful and formal Japanese garden.
Amazing Honeymoon Resorts and Hotels in Japan
To make the most of your romantic escape in Japan, plan your honeymoon properly, and book the best hotel for your needs and desire. To help you out, here’s a list of some of Japan’s best hotels and resorts.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Located close to some of the best museums, restaurants, and shops in Tokyo, Grand Hyatt welcomes visitors with elegant rooms and suites, sophisticated restaurants where you can indulge in sensational Italian, Japanese and French cuisines, and many luxury amenities. Whether you dream about spa treatments, sauna time, and refreshing swimming sessions, your relaxing honeymoon at Grand Hyatt will have it.
Surrounded by shops and eateries, and offering lovely views of the charming Kyoto Gyoen park, Noku Kyoto is a great choice for honeymooners. Decorated with individual artwork and offering the best comfort, the lavish rooms are welcoming travelers promising them a stay to remember. Also, you can enjoy complimentary perks like secured parking an free breakfast.
Intercontinental Hotel Osaka
With outstanding city views, elegant rooms, and high-end services, Intercontinental Hotel Osaka promises honeymooners a sophisticated stay. Five up-scale restaurants, a luxury spa, and a fancy bar overlooking the lively Osaka are some of the hotel’s surprises. This is, without a doubt, a fantastic choice for curious honeymooners eager to have a memorable city adventure.
Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
Close to the Hiroshima Castle and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a great option for culture lovers. Besides beautiful, comfortable rooms with fabulous views, the hotel offers 12 dining options, making it a great spot for foodies, as well. For a fun night in the hotel, couples can enjoy a romantic evening in the intimate bar or a fun night at the hotel’s karaoke lounge.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
With gorgeous rooms, flawless room service, and luxury amenities, the lavish Hyatt Regency Kyoto promises to offer you the comfort and pampering you desire, and enhance your memorable Japan honeymoon. Beautifully decorated rooms, some with balconies and wooden soaking tubs, three cozy restaurants serving mouthwatering foods, a sake bar and a pastry cafe, as well as gym, yoga classes, and spa, are some of the amazing things waiting for you at this high-end hotel.
Nature lovers who want to wake up looking at beautiful green surroundings should consider booking a room at Kai Sengokuhara, a chic hot spring inn near Hakone, surrounded by lush forest. Cozy minimalist rooms, beautiful forest views, private outdoor baths with hot spring water, private dining rooms, and in-room massages are some of the things honeymooners can enjoy at Kai Sengokuhara.
Located in the lovely inland hot spring onsen town Shuzenji, and surrounded by lush gardens, and serene lakeside onset bathing, the 15th-century family-run Asaba inn is one of Japan’s best traditional ryokan inns. With its minimal decor and flawless services, the hotel promises newlyweds the seclusion and tranquility they need, only enhanced by the picturesque landscapes, zen rooms, and mouthwatering seasonal cuisine.
Located in a glass-sided tower, on an island in the Aji River, Conrad Osaka awaits you with chic rooms with river or city views, great restaurants, a bar with stunning skyline views, and many luxury amenities that promise to enhance your honeymoon in Japan.
A posh hotel, located on the shores of Ago Bay, Aman Resort’s Amanemu is waiting for you with hot springs and ryokan rituals in Ise Shima National Park. Indulge in delicious food at a chic restaurant, enjoy the open-air bathing pavilions natural spring water, relax during yoga class, and enjoy each other’s company.
If you plan to have a road trip or visit more than one destination in Japan, and you want to have the same, constant comfort, Hosinoya, a chain of luxury hotels, with eight destinations in Japan, is a fantastic choice. Tailored for deep relaxation, and offering the chance to experience the true Japanese hostility Hoshinoya hotels promise honeymooners a dreamy experience.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.