10 Mesmerizing Japan Honeymoon Destinations

From eye-catching cherry blossoms, serene bamboo forests, soothing hot springs, mountain temples to attractive beaches, our Japan knows how to mesmerize visitors in a blink.

And that’s why couples from all over the world come here to spend their lovely honeymoon.

Well, isn’t it so obvious? How can someone resist the prettiness of our country!

Now, if you are also interested in coming with your bae, here are the 10 most breathtaking Japan honeymoon destinations.

10 Most Stunning Japan Honeymoon Destinations: Feel The Sensation!

A honeymoon is an opportunity when you two can connect with each other and lose yourself in blissful romance.

And the surroundings play an essential role in lighting up the mood. That’s the reason you should always choose the perfect destination for your lovely honeymoon.

So, be sure to check each of my recommended places one by one.

1. Okinawa: Feel The Beach Vibe

Okinawa is such a place where the stars kiss the ocean!!

Most people know Hawaii as the best beach honeymoon destination, but they are missing out on the beauty of Okinawa.

Okinawa in Japan

Yes, with over 100 attractive beaches, Okinawa is the most popular beach destination in Japan, where you can soothe both your eyes and body.

The blue ocean water in the daylight and the sparkling stars at nighttime will keep you two mesmerized throughout the vacation.

Beach with starry night

While admiring the white sand, crystal clear water, and coral reefs, you and your spouse can listen to the song “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Style.

Well, don’t forget to enjoy the watermelon while listening to this song!!

Anyway, besides sunbathing on the beach, you can try out activities like diving and snorkeling. The moment you guys dive into the ocean, various colorful sea creatures will greet you.

Scuba diving under sea

Although you can’t hear any sound under the water, still you will feel like nature is singing a calm song and the fish are swimming along with the rhythm.

I can guarantee that you will cherish this incredible moment for the rest of your life.

Alright, after enjoying all the activities, you obviously need a romantic hotel to stay in, right?

Well, don’t worry. In Okinawa, there are plenty of beachside resorts that are glamorous with high-end facilities.

View from a resort in Okinawa

From the balcony or window, you and your partner can glaze at the stars and feel the touch of the cool ocean breeze. Just couple this moment with a cup of hot coffee and spend some heartwarming moments together.

By the way, are you thinking that there is nothing more special on this island rather than the beach??

No, don’t even think so!

There are several other places which you should not miss anyway—for example, Shuri Castle, Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa World, Cape Manza, etc.

Shuri Castle in Okinawa

Wait! Wait!

There is another location that is worth visiting, especially for the couple!

Here I am talking about Kouri Island, which is only 1 Km away from the northeast of Okinawa main island.

Kouri Island

On the north shore of this island, there is a famous scenic spot, “The Heart Rock.” Here you will see two heart-shaped rocks.

So, what do you think? Will you skip such a spot where even nature is lovey-dovey!!

Of course not. And don’t forget to take some cute instagrammable couple pictures too.

The heart rock

Shortly, while planning for your honeymoon in Japan, remember to add Okinawa to your itinerary.

And, the best time to visit Okinawa is during the summer season.

2. Kyoto: Filled With Cultural Heritage

Romance feels more vibrant when you are in a place known for serenity!

Kyoto is such a city that is enriched with numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

You can wander through the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine while holding the hand of your sweetheart.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

The other remarkable temples and shrines in Kyoto are Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), Toji Temple, Tenryuji Temple, and so on.

As all of these religious places have a tranquil and sacred atmosphere, exploring them with your loved one will add more value to the relationship.

After that, you can head to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest to experience a stunning view.

Arashiyama Bamboo forest

The best way to explore this forest is by taking a rickshaw tour on the scenic road. Just hire one of these rickshaws and wander around the bamboo forest with your lover.

By the way, while on a honeymoon tour to Kyoto, you can’t miss wearing a matching kimono. It’s a popular activity among the couple, and almost everyone coming with their bae tries this.

Couple in kimono

You will find many shops in Kyoto that give kimonos for rent. Choose a matching couple kimono set for both of you, and then stroll on the street hand in hand.

By the way, Gion District is a place where many couples roam around wearing kimonos and taking pictures.

Gion district

So, you may do so, and if you are lucky, you may see a geisha there. You can go there in the daytime and nighttime both to witness a totally different atmosphere.

Moreover, you should also grab the opportunity of riding the Sagano Romantic train in Arashiyama, which provides different vistas in different seasons.

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Now, for accommodation, I will advise you to pick a ryokan hotel (Japanese-style inn) because they have a romantic vibe.

Okay, while you are on a honeymoon, a private bath facility will be a cherry on top of the cake.

Private open air bath in Resort Suisen
Image Credit: kyoto-suisen.com

What!! Don’t you think so?

Well, of course, I know what’s in your heart. So make sure to select a ryokan with a private onsen facility.

However, if you prefer a western-style hotel over ryokan, Kyoto gives you that option too. Here you will find top-class hotels that are especially suitable for a honeymoon.

Anyway, you shouldn’t leave Kyoto without tasting its specialties. You may try Kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine), which is a feast to the eye first and then tummy.

3. Shikoku: Get A Unique Experience

Shikoku is one of the main islands in Japan. The moment you enter this place, you will question yourself how nature could be this beautiful.

Most people think of Japan as the country of Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima. And that’s why travelers are less familiar with the elegance of Shikoku.

Shikoku japan

But, it’s not gonna happen to you as I will reveal all the charming facts of this less explored place in Japan.

Okay, Shikoku is a land of lush hills where you will find hidden temples, flowing rivers, photogenic valleys, and castles.

Mountain waterfall in Shikoku

If you want to hear the sweet song of nature rather than the bustling city’s horn, this is your hideaway.

You can plan a trip to Iya Valley, which is a heaven of the natural panorama. This place is surrounded by mountains and has several vine bridges.

Iya Valley

It will be best to visit there during October or November when the valley is adorned with an eye-catching view.

In case you and your other half are courageous, try to cross the Iya Kazurabashi bridge. It is one of the rarest bridges in Japan that leaves many daredevil people quaking on their feet.

Kazurabashi bridge

But, when you are just a newlywed, should you take the challenge? I mean, you have a whole life ahead to live, right?

Well, in terms of safety, you don’t need to worry a bit cause the bridge is well-maintained and is rebuilt every three years.

So, indulge yourself in the thrill or avoid it, whatever you prefer.

Kazurabashi bridge with people

Anyway, another way to enjoy the spectacular sight of the valley is visiting Hotel Iya Onsen.

They have an open-air bath facility, where you two can enjoy a soothing bath with the streaming sound of the river and the chirping of birds as background music.

Iya Onsen
Image Credit: iyaonsen.co.jp

Just add a bit of romance, and your honeymoon will be sweeter than honey and brighter than the moon!

4. Tokyo: Enjoy The Luxury of The City

With world-class dining, cozy hotels, and lively nightlife, Tokyo is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in Japan.

The capital city comes to its peak beauty during cherry blossom season (from mid-March to early May), when the parks, gardens, and street sides are decorated with pink petals.

Chidorigafuchi moat

One particular place that is well-known among couples in Tokyo is the Chidorigafuchi moat.

When you walk down the path around the moat, pink petals will shower on you like confetti. It will definitely remind you of the moment when you guys were getting married.

Girl under cherry blossom

Here you can rent a boat and spend a romantic day out with your better half. And, the spectacular view of the cherry blossom surrounding the canal will keep you two spellbound.

Apart from this, there are loads of impressive places in Tokyo, such as Imperial Palace, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Senso-ji Temple, National Museum of Nature & Science, and more.

If you want to spend a more relaxed time under nature, you may choose to visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Yoyogi Park, Rikugien Garden, Inokashira park, and Hama-rikyu Garden.

Rikugien Garden

All of them have a calm atmosphere and pleasant landscape to amuse you both.

The main highlight of staying in Tokyo is that you have a bunch of top-class hotels to pick from.

Some of the most romantic honeymoon hotels & ryokans are Shangri-La Hotel, Hoshinoya Tokyo, Park Hyatt, Ryokan Kamogawa, and The Blossom Hibiya.

Each of these hotels is equipped with facilities for couples, so you can go for the one that looks appealing to you.

Hotel room for couples

Anyway, after the tiresome day, you may arrange a romantic date night with your other half.

If you ask for my suggestion, I will tell you to select the New York Grill restaurant (a dinning on 52th floor of Park Hyatt Tokyo), which offers a brilliant view of the city. Occasionally, they arrange unique dining opportunities for couples like on valentines day and more.

New York Grill dining
Image Credit: restaurants.tokyo.park.hyatt.co.jp

But, even if there will be no special event, they will set up a charming and romantic atmosphere if you ask beforehand.

5. Hokkaido: Spend A Chilly Honeymoon

A honeymoon becomes extra special when the weather is cool. You can play with the snowflakes, enjoy a cup of hot coffee and admire each other’s company by doing various outdoor activities.

So, if you want to spend such pleasure, Hokkaido will be the top-notch choice for sure. As it is the northmost prefecture of Japan, the winter here is longer and offers you to enjoy various snow festivals and activities.

Hokkaido

In February, you can attend the Sapporo snow festival that features hundreds of ice sculptures.

To feel a more romantic aura, you can head to Otaru city, which can be reached in less than 2 hours from Sapporo. Otaru Snow Light Path Festival takes place here in February.

Otaru Snow Light festival

You will catch a magical view of the snow-covered street glowing with hundreds of lanterns. And, the reflection of the candlelight on the water creates an ethereal view.

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Now, picture yourself walking on a path filled with lit-up snow domes. Yes, if you attend the Yokote Kamakura snow feast, you will have the same experience.

Kamakura festival

During the celebration, you will find snow-made houses where you two can enjoy festival foods and drinks.

Doesn’t it sound exciting? Well, you can only have real fun if you come here in person. So, don’t miss it anyway.

By the way, as festivals mean crowds and you want to spend a more private time, then there are other options too.

You can visit Lake Mashu, which is a popular spot to appreciate a starry night.

Put down a mat, then lay down with your mate and look up to the sky.

Star gazing

All the shining stars above and the silence of the night will add a new sensation to your honeymoon journey. Just whisper underneath your breath, “Darling! You look perfect tonight.”

Alright, you can also view the lake from the observation decks. Either take a bus to the JR Mashu Station and hike to the deck or join a stargazing tour whatever you want.

For extra fun, you may ride on the Sapporo Mt Moiwa Ropeway, which provides a thrilling adventure as well as an eye-catching mountain view.

Mt. Moiwa ropeway

Personally, a cable car ride seems like a sweet honeymoon activity for me, which you should definitely enjoy while in Japan.

In short, if you are planning a winter honeymoon trip to Japan, then Hokkaido is the best choice indeed.

6. Hakone: A Romantic Town in Japan

With jaw-dropping natural beauty, magnificent mountains, and numerous activities, Hakone is a town of romance.

It is only one and a half hours away from Tokyo. So you can easily plan a day trip here.

Hakone town

For years, this town has been known for couple’s getaways where you can relax in the hot spring and wander in parks.

This place is especially beautiful during spring when hundreds of trees alongside the Hayakawa river look amazing with flourished cherry blossoms.

Hayakawa River side cherry blossom

You may also ride the thrilling ropeway and admire the city’s landscape from above.

The other equally exciting activities are riding on a boat in Lake Ashinoko, visiting Odawara Castle, Choanji Temple, and Hakone Shrine.

On a clear day, from the boat on Ashinoko Lake, you can catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji from afar.

Lake Ashi

Once you are finished with the day out, end the trip with a lovely dinner paired with refreshing drinks.

And some of the delicacies of the town are Wakasagi (pond smelt), Tofu & Yuba, Soba Noodles, Onsen Stew Bread, Kamaboko, and Kuro-Tamago (black eggs).

7. Hida-Takayama: A Preserved Edo Period Old Town

Apart from Kyoto, Hida-Takayama is another location in Japan where you can experience the traditional aspect of the country. The town is renowned for its preserved Edo Period visuals, craft stores, and delicious food.

The houses and alleys of this place will make you feel like living in the era of ancient Japan.

Traditional houses in Takayama

Now, as I said “old Japan”, do you think you will be bored here?

Well, obviously not!

The charm of this Edo-style town is countless and it will keep you entertained throughout your honeymoon vacation.

First, you may wander around the alleys and markets and explore different crafts. Then you can visit the Hida Folk Village to witness the preserved Edo-style houses.

Hida Folk Village

In case you are coming to Japan in April or October, you have an excellent opportunity to attend the Takayama Festival here.

It is ranked as one of Japan’s 3 most attractive festivals that showcase heavily decorated floats parade on the street. The highlight of the feast is in the evening when the lanterns are lit up, creating a gorgeous view.

Takayama Festival

Another location that you should not miss anyway is the Okuhida onsen region. Here, you will find several large outdoor hot springs surrounded by the natural beauty that looks straight out of a picture.

Okay, here comes the main attraction..

An hour of bus journey from Takayama will take you to the most splendid village in Japan, Shirakawa-go.

Shirakawago village

The main attraction of this village is Ogimachi, where you will see lots of gassho-zukuri farmhouses. You will be surprised to learn that some of these houses are over 250 years old!

I will say if you want to experience a unique honeymoon with your lover, stay overnight at one of the farmhouses that serve as minshuku (one of the hotel types in Japan).

Farmhouses in shrikawago

As the village is decorated with a distinct look in each season, you will be able to see an astonishing vista whenever you come.

But, personally, I admire the winter and autumn look most. And, you can guess the reason by looking at the below pictures.

Shirakawago in autumn and winter

If you are lucky enough to spend your honeymoon in winter (from December to February), you will be able to witness the light-up event of the town.

Anyway, don’t leave Takayama without trying the Hida beef, found in only a few places in Japan.

8. Fuji’s Five Lake: Equipped with Romantic Backdrop

While searching for the best panorama of Mount Fuji, Fuji Five Lake region should be your stop by.

With the tranquil lakes, swift-flowing rivers, and the splendid view of Mount Fuji, this location makes an excellent honeymoon destination.

Fujis five lake with mount fuji backdrop

The most developed one of these five lakes is Kawaguchiko which is also a resort town. Here you can enjoy various adventurous activities such as hiking, canoeing, and fishing.

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If you two are nature enthusiasts, then I don’t even have to explain how fun these activities are.

There are a great number of other fun things to do like, visiting Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, Oishi Park, Saiko Lake, Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.

Oishi Park

You may also ride the cable car, which is situated at the lakeside of Kawaguchiko. From the ropeway, you will be able to see the lake and Mt. Fuji from the top.

During the autumn season, you can catch a glimpse of lovely colorful tree leaves in this area. The three minutes of the cable car ride will literally fly by, and you probably will want to ride it again.

Kawaguchiko cable car

In case you are staying in Tokyo, you can easily plan a day trip to this place. Many organizations offer package tours for groups or honeymoon couples.

Pick any of them as per your desire and head there with your spouse.

9. Miyajima Island: Where The God Dwells

Miyajima Island is especially well-known for its floating torii gate. However, there is a story of this island that you may not know.

Miyajima is presumed to be the island where God resides. It is said that Itsukushima Shrine was built on the coast because the entire island is thought to be God’s body. That’s why the place is considered sacred.

The torii gate is located in the sea and has a unique structure. Half of the torii goes underwater with the rising tides, making it look like floating on the sea.

Miyajima Island torii gate

And when the tides go down, you can get closer to the gate by foot. The moment you see it from close, you will be stunned by its gigantic structure.

Personally, I like the visual of the floating torii as it looks amazing with the green forest on the back with the blue sea enhancing the beauty even more.

Floating torii gate

So, what do you think? Isn’t going to such a holy place a great thing for your honeymoon?

Well, of course.

Besides, it is also a romantic place where many couples come to stay overnight at one of the island’s ryokan.

As this place sees lots of tourists in the daytime, you may come in the evening when the area becomes quieter and peaceful.

An interesting fact is that you will even meet cute deers while wandering around on the island. They are very friendly, and you should definitely snap some pictures with them.

Cute deer in Miyajima island

To get a panoramic island view, you may hike up Mount Misen too.

10. Karuizawa: Perfect for Honeymoon Anytime

Karuizawa is a resort town that you can visit any time of the year.

With its mind-blowing cherry blossom scene in spring, breathtaking nature in summer, colorful foliage in autumn, and snowy paradise in winter, you will spend a warm honeymoon here.

Karuizawa

The local architecture will remind you of a quaint European hamlet, and the wooden chapels often host western-style weddings.

During December, the town turns into a charming Christmas wonderland where you two love birds can fly like fairies!

Karuizawa in winter

Also, you can ice skate and ski hand in hand with your bae.

For a romantic overnight stay, I recommend Hoshinoya Karuizawa resort village, hidden in a forest and a river. The atmosphere here is unreal and comforting.

The terraces look like traditional Japanese houses, and the windows are designed to frame the outside nature.

Karuizawa resort
Image Credit: hoshinoya.com/karuizawa

I can assure you that you are gonna relish each moment of staying in this natural paradise.

Alright, I have finished talking about the locations that I feel are most suited for a romantic honeymoon in Japan.

However, before heading, you should make a budget for your trip. In that case, my next section may help you a lot.

Expected Cost for A Honeymoon Trip in Japan

As Japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world, it will have a great impact on your budget.

For a one-week trip to Japan, the average cost for a solo traveler is approximately $1,660 and around $2,700 for couples.

But, the price will vary a lot according to your hotel rent and travel plan. If you stay at a budget-friendly hotel and move on public transport, then you can save money.

Also, the location that you choose to visit will play a major role in the cost because not each city in Japan is expensive.

If you ask for my suggestion, go with a Japan honeymoon package available online to book.

As most people here don’t speak a foreign language, it will be difficult for you to navigate each place on your own.

Many agencies offer custom tour plans for couples, where you can choose the places you want to visit.

With the help of a guide, you can easily move without any extra hassle.

If you want a luxury couple tour for 12 days, expect to spend over $12,000. Yet, the price is not consistent.

Also, note that your cost will increase if you come to Japan in a peak tourist season, especially during spring.

Okay, there is nothing left to explain. So, let’s move to the closure part.

Conclusion

After going through all my Japan honeymoon destinations, I think you can guess how romantic and sensational our country is for newlyweds.

Now just pack your bag, hold your lover’s hand and fly to our beloved land.

And, always remember that a honeymoon is all about admiring the company of each other. And you can make every moment sweet & memorable by looking at each other’s smiley faces.

Lastly, Happy Honeymoon…