No matter where you travel, you’ll never forget your special time as newly-weds. Recently, Japan was named one of the top ten countries for couples to visit on their honeymoon. Japan is filled with cultural adventures; however, if you’d like to explore white sand beaches as most honeymooners do, then this destination is not for you. Here is a helpful guide for everything you need to know as you embark on your love adventure.
Japan is known for its fresh, healthy and unusual cuisine, including the much-loved sushi. There are 197 Michelin star restaurants in Tokyo alone, three times the Michelin stars found in New York and twice as many as Paris. Many of these restaurants boast glittering night time views of the city, while there is also the option to reserve private rooms with Japanese gardens. While the average person in Japan spends around $35 on food for the day, you wont regret splurging a few times in your trip.
Take part in a Traditional Ceremony
Kyoto is just two and a half hours from Tokyo and there are a number of temples, gardens, shrines and traditional wooden architecture. It is considered a cultural hub where you can take part in a Japanese pastime with a group of local experts. These include tea ceremonies, calligraphy, cooking Japanese food and wearing kimonos.
Stay in a Traditional Ryokan
A ryokan is a Japanese inn, but it also offers great insights into the Japanese way of life. Many ryokans are small, often family run and thus offer a very intimate experience for you and your new life partner. Somewhat like a bed and breakfast, your stay usually includes your evening meal, which is served in your private room. Dinner is usually served kaiseki-style—a banquet of little dishes. These include homemade pickles, rice, miso soup, vegetable tempura and both raw and cooked fish dishes. They may also include meat that you cook yourself on a hot stone.
Some ryokans have private onsens, hot spring baths. Often men and women are separated into communal baths, where it is customary to enter nude. However, some offer personal onsens that are attached to your room.
Visit Tokyo Tower
If you are going to stay in Tokyo for your honeymoon adventure then be sure to visit the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower—Tokyo Tower. It might resemble the Eiffel Tower but it is actually 30 feet taller than it. Make a day of it by exploring its aquarium, restaurant, shopping mart, and some food courts. Be sure to stay connected online throughout your trip by renting a pocket wifi in Japan. This way you can turn on your GPS in case you get lost.
Walk along the path of Fushimi Inari-Taisha
If you do decide to go to Kyoto be sure to visit the popular shrine Fushimi Inari-Taisha. It is considered the most important shrine in Kyoto as it is made in dedication to the god of rice and sake. Walk along the path of over 5000 torii gates aligned with miniature shrines and graveyards.
Explore the Beaches of Okinawa
If you feel that a honeymoon would not be perfect without a trip to the beach then head to Okinawa. There are over 160 islands that experience a sub-tropical climate. Okinawa is just a short flight from Honshu, Japan’s main island. Japan is also known for having some of the best reefs, rivaling even the Great Barrier Reef. The visibility in the ocean is very clear, making Okinawa an ideal spot for snorkeling.
Visit Mount Fuji
Aside from being Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji is considered to be one of the country’s three most sacred mountains. It measures 12, 388 feet tall and resembles an active volcano. It is open to the public so be sure to take a tour of this magical mountain and Japanese icon.
Fortune Telling in Shinjuku
Would you like to know what the future holds for you and your partner? Be sure to visit Shinjuku to have your fortunes told. You can choose to have your fortune told with the use of tarot cards, angel cards, by reading your palm or with rune stones.
Visit Ashikaga Flower Park
Wisteria is often found in the homes of Japan and it is considered one of the most popular flowers in the country. If you love this flower as much as the Japanese do you will enjoy the eight flower gardens of wisteria found in the Ashikaga Flower Park.
If you just can’t get enough of the wisteria then head to the colorful and fragrant Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens. It has a 100-meter long tunnel made entirely of wisteria trees in a variety of shades of pink, purple and yellow.
When To Visit
You can visit Japan throughout the year, but it is particularly exquisite during March to May when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. In autumn, during October and November, the trees turn bright red which is also a beautiful time to visit with less crowds. A number of small festivals are also held during the winter months. With these remarkable gems, honeymooners will definitely enjoy their stay in this royal country.
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