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.
A luxury honeymoon combining iconic cities, stunning countryside and relaxing subtropical beaches.
Honeymoons accommodation across Japan
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.
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.
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.
Watanabe Inn (Miyajima)
Run by the very hospitable Watanabe family, this is a lovely traditional ryokan with just three guest rooms. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms with tubs made of Japanese cypress.
The inn is one the edge of the main village, a short walk from Itsukushima Shrine and right in front of Daisho-in Temple. The ever-so-thoughtful staff will arrange a complimentary pick-up from the ferry port to help with your luggage. Included meals are served in the ryokan restaurant and the kaiseki dinner will feature regional specialities such as oysters and Hiroshima eel.
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.