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
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.
As guests to the Yamanochaya ascend the wooden steps to the lounge and bar area, they are greeted with beautiful views over the Hayakawa River below. After a welcome cup of green tea, the kimono-clad hostess will appear and show you to your rooms. She will be personally at your service throughout the stay, serving your meals in your room and setting out your futon bedding at bedtime.
Guest rooms are almost Zen-like in their simplicity, with natural wood, soft tatami-mat flooring, calligraphy scrolls and flower arrangements. Most rooms have a private outdoor hot spring bath and balcony to complete the sense of seclusion.
There are also five communal hot spring baths dotted around the ryokan, most of which are 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, yuzu citrus and matsutake mushrooms. All that's left is to gaze at the moon and enjoy a cup of sake at the ryokan bar.
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 not en suite, but there is a shared bath that can be reserved for private use.
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.
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 mist-covered mountains and breathtaking 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 earthy tones to create a tranquil ambience in keeping with Yakushima's natural beauty.
The total resort measures some 30,000 sqm yet houses just 29 secluded guest villas, each looking out towards the ocean. The resort offers a butler service, so if there is anything you need, your personally assigned member of 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 when you arrive.
A real highlight of a stay here is the Sankara's top-class French restaurant, run by a head chef who has worked at various Michelin-starred 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.
Watanabe Inn (Miyajima)
The Watanabe Inn is a paragon of Japanese hospitality and will undoubtedly provide a highlight of your trip. There are just four, beautifully appointed guest rooms – each with its own private hot spring bath.
The inn is at the edge of Miyajima's main village, a short walk from Itsukushima Shrine and right in front of Daisho-in Temple. Run by the very hospitable Watanabe family, the ever-so-thoughtful staff will arrange a complimentary pick-up from the ferry port, and will do everything they can to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Included meals are served in the ryokan restaurant, and the kaiseki multi-course dinner features regional specialities such as oysters and Hiroshima eel.
With such wonderful service and such a beautiful setting, a stay at the Watanabe Inn is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.
Yoshimizu Ryokan (Kyoto)
At the cheaper end of Kyoto's selection of ryokan, the Yoshimizu is a charming, traditional inn in beautiful Maruyama Park, surrounded by maple trees and bamboo.
Kodai-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Yasaka Shrine and the Gion geisha district 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 at 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 (at 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 and head out first thing to explore Kyoto's temples and shrines before the tour buses arrive?
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 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 from the busy metropolis.
The Jogasaki suspension bridge is just 20 minutes' walk from the inn and forms part of a scenic coast path that is just footsteps from your doorstep. 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 its 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, but there is a choice of courses available as well a selection of different breakfast options.