The ancient city of Kyoto is, without a doubt, one of the most romantic destinations in all of Japan. Bask in the historical atmosphere, find peace in a bamboo forest or zen garden, get pampered by the ultimate in Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan inn, and dine on the very best of Japanese haute cuisine known as kaiseki dining.
Miyajima, located just outside of Hiroshima, is famous for its torii gate that floats on the water at high tide. The tiny island town offers accommodations to suit every budget, from traditional inns to resort hotels on the waterfront. Explore Miyajima’s beautiful shrines and temples, encounter the docile population of wild deer, and hike to the top of Mount Misen for a stunning panoramic view of the island.
Fuji’s Five Lakes
One of the best views of Mount Fuji can be had from the five lakes at the base of the sacred mountain. The lake resort town of Kawaguchiko in particular offers hiking, fishing, and canoeing for nature enthusiasts and museums, onsen, and sightseeing for those looking for a more leisurely honeymoon.
With its five-star hotels and world-class dining, there’s lots for newlyweds to see and do in Japan’s metropolitan capital of Tokyo. Discover parks and rivers abloom with pink sakura trees in the spring, exciting street festivals in the summer, gorgeous holiday lighting called ‘illumination’ in the winter, and the romantic nighttime view of Tokyo Tower all the year round.
The idyllic mountain town of Hakone — just a short train ride out of Tokyo on the Odakyu Romance Car — is a beloved weekend getaway destination among locals. The area is full of scenic beauty and very easy to explore, thanks to the cable car and ropeway that go up the mountain, as well as the sightseeing cruise that takes visitors across the serene lake in a mock pirate ship. Enjoy the restorative waters of the Hakone’s natural hot springs and while the day away at one of the area’s many local museums.
Karuizawa, a popular couples resort town, makes for the perfect honeymoon destination any time of year. Enjoy picturesque cherry blossoms in the spring, lush nature in the summer, gorgeous foliage in autumn, and a snowy wonderland in the winter. Much of the local architecture is reminiscent of a quaint European hamlet, and the wooden chapels here frequently host Western-style weddings. In the wintertime, the town transforms into a charming Christmas village complete with an ice skating pod.
If you want a traditional taste of Japan with a different flavor from Kyoto, the secluded mountain town of Hida-Takayama may be the honeymoon destination for you. Old Town Takayama is one of the best-preserved historic areas in all of Japan and will make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. It’s also one of the few places where you can enjoy Hida beef, a brand of domestic wagyu that rivals even Kobe beef. Just a short distance from Hida-Takayama is the historic village of Shirakawa-go, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique thatched-roof farmhouses.