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.
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Honeymoons accommodation across Japan
Andaz Tokyo (Tokyo)
Newly opened in June 2014, Andaz Tokyo sits atop the striking Toranomon Hills high-rise, the second-tallest 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 open-air seating for a dramatic eating and drinking experience, whilst the 37th-floor spa features a 20-metre swimming pool overlooking the Imperial Palace. A ground-floor café, artisan bakery and an all-day dining restaurant on the 51st floor complete the scene. The high-ceilinged 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, whilst relaxing with a complimentary beverage.
The guest rooms all have amazing views and are stylishly modern with distinct Japanese influences. Inclusions are plenty, such as free Wi-Fi, local calls, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. All rooms feature fast-fill, deep-soaking tubs, luxury bathrobes, yukata bathrobes, slippers, a large LCD television and an iPod dock.
The hotel is less than 10 minutes in a taxi from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, and within walking distance of Ginza, Shinbashi, Hamarikyu Gardens, Zojo-ji Shrine, and Tokyo Tower.
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?
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.
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.
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.