Honeymoons in Japan
Japan is a dream honeymoon destination. Where else could you experience ancient traditions, impeccable hospitality, world-class cuisine and fantastic accommodation - ranging from exquisite ryokan with private hot spring baths to super-deluxe hotels at the top of towering city skyscrapers? And that's not to mention the romantic scenery from quaint rural villages to impeccable gardens filled with cherry blossom.
Whether your ideal honeymoon includes visiting a Zen-inspired spa at an exclusive mountain retreat, taking a sunset helicopter cruise over Tokyo's dramatic skyline, or relaxing with a cocktail on a subtropical island - our expertly planned packages and on-the-ground support ensure that no hiccup can get in the way of your experience. Some of our staff have even honeymooned in Japan themselves, so you can rest assured that we know how to make your trip extra-special.
Recommended Honeymoons Experiences
This itinerary proves that a Japanese honeymoon doesn't have to break the bank.
Japan's hot spring bathing culture and scenic countryside make it a wonderfully romantic setting for a honeymoon.
Honeymoons accommodation across Japan
Hanafubuki (Izu Peninsula)
Set amongst the trees of a woodland grove, the Hanafubuki is a luxury ryokan especially noted for its impressive selection of natural hot spring baths, its lovely, individually decorated Japanese style rooms and its beautiful location.
The ryokan is located in the heart of the natural beauty of the Izu Peninsula and, although easily accessed from Tokyo, you will feel a million miles away form the busy metropolis. The Jyogasaki suspension bridge is just 20 minutes walk from the inn and forms part of a scenic coast path that is just footsteps from the inn. In fact, weather permitting, the English speaking manager leads a guided walk every morning which you are more than welcome to join. Boat trips and a hike up the dormant Mount Omura volcano are also all possible from here.
The highlight of this ryokan are the seven hot spring baths. Each one is housed in a separate villa and are for private use - you just lock the door behind you. Meals are also a real treat and you will have a choice of three different dining rooms, each beautifully decorated and overlooking the lantern lit trees and pathways of the ryokan. Dinner is traditional kaiseki. style but there is a choice of courses available as well a selection of different breakfast options.
Yoshimizu Ryokan (Kyoto)
At the cheaper end of Kyoto's ryokan, the Yoshimizu is a charming, traditional inn in a beautiful setting in Maruyama Park surrounded by maple trees and bamboo.
Kodaiji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera, Yasaka Shrine and Gion are all within easy walking distance, as are the shops and restaurants of Kyoto's downtown area.
Guest rooms are Japanese-style and some have attached toilets. There are two shared bath and shower rooms which can be used privately by locking the door behind you. The hospitable hosts serve a western style breakfast in the inn's organic café which includes excellent coffee as well as homemade bread and marmalade.
Like most ryokan in Kyoto, the Yoshimizu has a curfew around 11pm and you'll need to negotiate with the owner to leave the front door unlocked if you want to stay out later! This is a shame as Kyoto does have great nightlife, but then again why not take advantage of an early-night by heading out first thing to explore Kyoto's temples and shrines in the morning light before the tour buses arrive.
The Hakone Ginyu is one of the most luxurious hot spring ryokan in Hakone National Park.
Ginyu means a person travelling to gain inspiration for a poem, and it is with this wanderlust spirit in mind that the ryokan combines traditional Japanese rooms with artefacts from the owner's travels in Indonesia.
The entrance to the ryokan is perched at the top of a lush valley with fantastic views across the national park. The Ginyu harnesses the natural hot springs of the Fuji region for fantastic onsen baths; some are outdoors nestled in the rocks by the riverside. All guestrooms have a private onsen bath too, all with great views.
The rooms, which start at 68sqm, resemble traditional Japanese ryokan rooms with shoji paper screens, tatami mat areas and natural wood, but also have the comfort of thick Western style beds, sofas and wooden chairs so you don't have to sit on the floor. Other hotel facilities include two bars, a lounge and excellent spa. Breakfast and dinner are included and served privately in the guest rooms.
Daikichi Minshuku (Tsumago)
This authentic, old-style inn has appeared on TV Tokyo's "Top Ten Minshuku" programme and been patronised by many celebrities.
Known for its warm welcome and local cuisine, the Daikichi has just five guest rooms and is one of our absolute favourite Japanese-style inns. Just watch out for the fried grasshoppers in the set dinner course! Rooms are small, simple and are not ensuite, but there is a shared bath which can be used privately.
The minshuku is located in Tsumago, a former post town on the Nakasendo Highway that once linked old Edo (modern-day Tokyo) with Kyoto. The residents of this area have made a huge effort to preserve the historical buildings and traditional atmosphere of their area, meaning that walking into Tsumago from the hills of the Kiso Valley really is like walking back in time.
Nishimuraya Honkan (Kinosaki Onsen)
In Kinosaki Onsen you will stay at luxurious Nishimuraya Honkan, a stunning traditional Japanese ryokan. The wooden building was designed 150 years ago by the eminent architect Masaya Hirata in the sukiya-style in which many tea houses are built.
As much attention was given to the exterior of the building as the interior - all guest rooms overlook an exquisite Japanese garden of pine trees, moss-covered rocks and ponds of koi carp. A stay at this ryokan is to feel as if you have wandered into a Japanese woodblock print.
The guest rooms are gorgeous; tatami mat floors, sliding paper screens, wooden terraces, calligraphy scrolls and ikebana flower pieces. The ryokan is not without mod-cons either - all rooms have air conditioning and free WiFi. There's also large indoor and outdoor baths set in a bamboo grove.
Meals are glorious kaiseki banquets, very authentic in style, but as the food is so plentiful, don't worry if not all the dishes are to your taste! Breakfast and dinner are served in the privacy of your guestroom by your attentive hosts.
Guests of the Nishimuraya Honkan have access to the private spa facilities of the inn's sister property a short walk away. Massage treatment and aromatherapy treatments are available here.