A Honeymoon in Japan
Japan is a dream honeymoon destination. Where else could you experience ancient traditions, impeccable hospitality, world-class cuisine and fantastic accommodation in romantic locations - 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 serene 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.
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Honeymoons accommodation across Japan
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.
Ritz-Carlton Kyoto (Kyoto)
Opened in April 2014, the Ritz-Carlton is an excellent luxury hotel overlooking the Kamo River.
The hotel is walking distance from the downtown shops, the restaurants of Kawaramachi, and the Gion and Pontocho geisha districts.
The 134 guest rooms are 50 square metres on 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 machines and spacious bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, separate bathtubs and double washbasins complete 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.
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.
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.
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.