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Japan - A Perfect Honeymoon Destination
Tales of courtly love pervade historic Japanese literature and stories such as the tales of Genji or, more recently, the tragic tale of Madame Butterfly as recounted in Puccini’s opera tell of beautiful yet often tragic romances. The country has everything to make any Japanese honeymoon the trip of a lifetime it rightfully should be! A combination of exciting city destinations, long white sandy beaches, hot-spring resorts and interesting cultural sights - a honeymoon in Japan is excitingly different.
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A honeymoon in Japan has so much to offer any newly-wed couple and time spent in cities sightseeing, shopping and dinning can be combined with precious moments of escape and relaxation either in the beautiful and dramatic countryside of the mountains or on the sweeping beaches of the Pacific or Japan Sea coasts or even the tropical islands of Okinawa. Transport in Japan is wonderfully efficient and comfortable and the ready availability of cheap internal flights make multi-destination trips easy to arrange and eminently affordable. The country is so diverse that there are many options for newlyweds, but the following Japan honeymoon options are all highly recommended ways for a new couple to celebrate their marriage.
Something Old & Something New
Tokyo offers a plethora of options for any couple on their Japanese honeymoon. There are hotels to suit all budgets and tastes and a whole world of unique experiences are never more than a few minutes away. For those with a larger budget available, a stay at one of the city’s many top 5 star hotels is sure to top off your Japan honeymoon package in style.
Tokyo also makes a great place from which to strike out and start investigating the rest of Japan. Just two hours to the north of Tokyo is Nikko where the ornately decorated shrines and temples of Toshogu stand surrounded by towering cedar trees against a dramatic mountainous backdrop. Even closer at hand is the small seaside town of Kamakura with its miniature electric railway and love shrine on the off-shore island on Enoshima, which is curiously populated entirely by cats!
Island Hopping in Okinawa
If you like the sound of island hopping and a tropical get-away is what you seek from your Japanese honeymoon, then the Okinawan islands may be the ideal destination. This balmy chain of tiny islands offers a wide range of snorkelling and sporting opportunities as well as some interesting sights and gentle walks. From Tokyo or Osaka there are daily flight departures and you can be in this tropical paradise in less than 2 hours.
Spas and Hot Spring Resorts
If soaking in hot-springs and a bit of spa-style pampering are the main draw of a honeymoon in Japan, then one of the many hotspring resorts may be of interest. The resort of Shimoda lies just south of Tokyo and has some lovely resort style hotels where you can enjoy a whole range of treatments including shiatsu massage, as well as smaller family run inns which provide a more personal touch. Further south and close to the cultural city of Kyoto is the hot-spring resort of Kurama Onsen where a wide variety of hot-spring baths await; some hidden in the rocks; others nestled in Japanese style gardens. For a real hide-away, head up to the “Lamp-no-yado” Inn located in the small town of Suzu on the west Japan Sea coast. The Inn stands at the bottom of a cliff and is right on the very edge of the sea. At night, as the whole place is lit up by lamps and candles, you can sit back and relax in the open air baths gazing out to sea as the sun slowly drops below the horizon and the day draws to a close – a romantic way to complete your Japanese honeymoon.