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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.