Romantic Spots to Propose in Kyoto

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto| © 
Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto| © Kyoto-Picture Flickr
Photo of John Asano
5 February 2017

Kyoto might not be known as the city of love like Paris, but it does have its fair share of hidden romantic spots to enjoy with that special person in your life. If you are looking to pop the question, check out these places in Kyoto that are perfect for a proposal.

Stroll the Traditional Streets of Arashiyama

Take a leisurely stroll along the traditional stone paved streets of Arashiyama on the western outskirts of Kyoto City.

Stroll the Traditional Streets of Arashiyama | © Norio NAKAYAMA Flickr

Togetsukyo Bridge (The Moon Crossing Bridge)

The Moon Crossing Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Katsura River in Arashiyama. It is famous for its scenic beauty, creating a romantic location to spend with that special someone.

The Moon Crossing Bridge | © Laika ac Flickr

Ride on a Private Boat in Arashiyama

Rent a private boat on the Hozu River and soak up the amazing atmosphere and scenic beauty of the area. It is especially picturesque in spring with cherry blossoms or in the autumn with fall foliage.

Private Boat on the Hozu River | © JahnmitJa Flickr

Sagano Romantic Railway

Take in the amazing seasonal views from the Sagano Romantic Railway, a sightseeing train through the beautiful Arashiyama-Sagano area of Kyoto.

Sagano Romantic Train | © pang yu liu Flickr

Sagano Bamboo Forest

The Sagano Bamboo Forest is a magical place that is beautiful all year round. Avoid the peak times if you don’t want a crowd.

Sagano Bamboo Forest | © mendhak Flickr

Nonomiya Shrine

Nonomiya Shrine is a romantic Shinto shrine right in the middle of the Sagano Bamboo Forest that is home to various deities including “Nonomiya Daikokuten”, the Japanese God of matchmaking.

Nonomiya Shrine | © bryan... Flickr

Pontocho Alley

Soak up the traditional atmosphere of Gion with an evening stroll in the atmospheric Pontocho Alley, famous for its geisha and traditional wooden tea houses.

Pontocho Alley | © ajari Flickr

The Geisha District of Hanami-koji Street

Enjoy an evening stroll along Hanami-koji Street which is a historic geisha district of Kyoto, lined with traditional wooden houses and well preserved buildings.

The Geisha District of Hanami-koji Street | © Li Chen LIN Flickr

Shirakawa Street

Shirakawa Street is one of the most beautiful streets in the ancient capital of Kyoto, stroll along the willow lined canal and cobblestone street.

Shirakawa Stream | © Tim Brennan Flickr

Gion Tatsumi Bridge

One of the most romantic and picturesque spots in Kyoto is the Gion Tatsumi Bridge with its red-lacquered pillars and stone paving’s creating a truly traditional setting.

Gion Tatsumi Bridge | © Toshiyuki IMAI Flickr

Evening Walk Along the Kamo River

The Kamo River is a popular local date spot that is very pretty and peaceful at night when the lights come on and illuminate the surrounding buildings.

Evening Walk Along the Kamo River | © John Gillespie Flickr

Philosopher’s Walk

Enjoy a romantic walk on a beautiful paved path that follows a cherry tree lined canal between Ginkaku-ji (The Silver Pavilion) and Nanzen-ji Temple.

Philosopher’s Walk | © Perry Li Flickr

Nene no Michi

The narrow stone-paved traditional streets of Nene no Michi are a romantic area of Kyoto to explore with your loved one.

Maiko-san at Nene no Michi | © Carles Tomás Martí Flickr

Jishu Shrine

Take the ultimate test of your love at Jishu Shrine. Home to a pair of love stones, legend states that if you can walk successfully from one stone to the other with your eyes closed your love will last forever.

Jishu Shrine | © Tomoaki INABA Flickr

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