Select Your Home Region
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Australia, NZ and Southeast Asia
Call 01242 547 760 to speak to a specialist
For a cultural adventure of epic proportions Japan never fails to seduce its first-time visitors. Begin with Tokyo, a modern metropolis and ancient capital rolled into one. Plunge into the city and explore both old enclaves and futuristic streets, pass by Shibuya, the world’s most famous intersection, and explore the many themed cafés – maid cafés, cat cafés and even anime cafés – of Akihabara, and at the end of surreal days sightseeing dine in style in some of the world’s finest restaurants including your hotel’s very own China Blue.
In contrast the mountain town of Hakone, just two hours from Tokyo, feels like another world. Here, Mount Fuji looms above the lake and hot springs are dotted amid the hills. Ride cable cars to visit springs, shrines, steaming rivers and sulphurous pools, and bed down in a traditional ryokan, complete with comfy futons and far-reaching views. We think these small traditional homes are perfect for honeymooners as they offer exquisite peace and intimacy away from the crowds combined with impeccable service. Some even have private onsens (hot-spring baths) to while away dreamy hours under the shadow of mythical Mount Fuji.
Japan Honeymoon Highlights
- Stay in a traditional ryokan; instead of ubiquitous hotel mini-bars and swimming pools, ryokans offer tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style baths and flavoursome local cuisine.
- Bathe in hot springs (onsen) in the shadow of Mount Fuji.
- Capture romantic photos among the colourful cherry blossom of springtime or fiery autumnal leaves.
- Relax on the sandy beaches of Okinawa, snorkel and dive amid some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs and marine wildlife.
A scenic rail journey through mountains and gorges to Takayama will further throw you into wonderland, even before a visit to one of the many sake breweries hidden in her old town. Wander the old alleys and time-warp cluster of narrow streets for a glimpse back in time. Another spectacular train ride beckons to Hiroshima, which despite past tragedies has undergone an inspiring regeneration at the poignant Peace Memorial Park. Here visit ‘shrine island’ where a resplendent Five Tier Pagoda soars into the sky and the slopes are cloaked in cherry trees and maples – a riot of colour in both spring and autumn.
The speedy Shinkansen (bullet train) makes short work of the journey to Kyoto, arguably Japan’s most intoxicating city. To truly grasp the unique local culture, head to the house of a Japanese tea ceremony master, where you can learn about these traditional ceremonies and their long history with Zen Buddhism. You could spend weeks in Kyoto, getting lost down its timeless alleys, glimpsing Geisha skittering along the streets, exploring its innumerable temples, castles, gardens and pavilions.
Ginyu Ryokan Hakone
The Peninsula Tokyo