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
Japan's hot spring bathing culture and scenic countryside make it a wonderfully romantic setting for a honeymoon.
A luxury honeymoon combining iconic cities, stunning countryside and relaxing subtropical beaches.
Honeymoons accommodation across Japan
Opening in April 2014 the Ritz-Carlton is a welcome addition to Kyoto's luxury hotel scene. It's in a great location overlooking the Kamo River and walking distance from the downtown shops and restaurants of Kawaramachi as well as the Gion and Pontocho geisha districts.
Ritz-Carlton Kyoto (Kyoto)
The 134 guest rooms are 50sqm in average making these some of the largest rooms in Kyoto. All are elegantly decorated and include the Ritz-Carlton's signature 600 thread count bed linen. Other amenities include a huge flatscreen TVs, Blu-ray disc players, Nespresso coffee machine and spacious bathrooms with a walk-in rain shower, separate bathtub and double wash basins with luxury toiletries. The hotel has two restaurants: a Japanese and an Italian.The health club includes a 20 metre indoor swimming pool, steam room, dry sauna, gym, relaxation room and seven spa treatment rooms.
The Yamanochaya (literally ‘mountain teahouse') is a gorgeous secluded ryokan with just 15 guestrooms. The property perches on a steep mountainside camouflaged among bamboo, cryptomeria and pine trees.
From the entrance where you'll leave your shoes, wooden steps lead up to the lobby lounge and bar area with views over the Hayakawa River below. After a welcome cup of green tea, you'll meet your kimono-wearing hostess who will be at your service throughout the stay, serving your meals in your room and unrolling your futon bedding and buckwheat pillows at bedtime.
Guest rooms are almost Zen-like in their simplicity - natural wood and soft tatami mat flooring - and decorated with calligraphy scrolls and flowers. Many rooms have private outdoor hot spring baths and 'moon-viewing' balconies.
There are also five communal hot spring baths dotted around the ryokan, most outdoors where you can feel the mountain breeze. Dinner is a kaiseki banquet of seemingly endless exquisitely presented courses including local specialties such as mackerel sashimi, yuzuu citrus and matsutake mushrooms. All that's left is to gaze at the moon and enjoy a cup of sake at the ryokan bar.
Andaz Tokyo (Tokyo)
Newly opened in June 2014, Andaz Tokyo sits atop the striking Toranomon Hills high-rise, the second highest tower in Tokyo. This 164 room luxury boutique property is set to redefine the hotel scene in the capital city.
The rooftop bar on the 52nd floor offers totally unique open air seating and thus a dramatic eating and drinking destination whilst the 37th floor spa features a 20 metre swimming pool over-looking the Imperial Palace. A ground-floor café, artisan bakery and an all-day dining restaurant on the 51st floor complete the scene. The high ceiling reception area is devoid of the usual front desk, but instead provides an art filled space for you to complete the formalities on an iPad and whilst relaxing with a complimentary beverage.
The guest rooms all have amazing views and are both stylishly modern with distinct Japanese influences. The calming hues and textures of nature are also deeply apparent. Inclusions are plenty such as free WiFi internet, local calls, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages including coffee from the Nespresso. All rooms feature fast-fill deep-soaking tubs, luxury bathrobes, yukata and slippers, large LCD television and an iPod dock.
The hotel is located less than 10 minutes in a taxi from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace and within walking distance of the Ginza, Shinbashi, Hamarikyu gardens, Zojoji shrine and Tokyo Tower.
Sankara Hotel & Spa (Yakushima)
By far the most luxurious accommodation on Yakushima Island, the Sankara Hotel & Spa is a beautiful resort in a gorgeous location sandwiched between steep mist covered mountains and breath taking views of the East China Sea.
While the hotel is very Japanese in terms of hospitality, the Sankara's appearance is distinctly Balinese making use of teak wood, natural materials and earth tones to create a tranquil ambience in keeping with Yakushima's natural beauty.
The total resort measures some 30,000sqm yet houses just 29 secluded guest villas each looking out towards the ocean. The resort offers a butler services and if there is anything you need staff will hop in a golf buggy and be at your service within minutes. Your butler will also meet you at Yakushima airport or ferry port to drive you to the hotel.
A real highlight is the Sankara's top class French restaurant run by a head chef who has worked at various three star Michelin restaurants around the world. All meals include locally sourced seafood, and vegetables are either grown on the island or on the Kyushu mainland. The Sankara also has an exclusive library lounge, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa that provides traditional Thai herbal treatments.
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.