Japan, with its majestic shrines, refined millennial culture, and dramatic scenery, is no doubt one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations. From its dynamic capital to Kyoto’s awe-inspiring wonders, adventure and picture-perfect sights are in every corner on your Japan honeymoon escapade. Famous for its one-of-a-kind experiences, the country will reel you magically in with its therapeutic hot springs, mouthwatering cuisine, serene ceremonies, and ancient temples.
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Whether you’re seeking spiritual pilgrimages, nature hikes, city adventures, romantic dates, or cultural experiences, the Land of the Rising Sun has everything in store to keep you on your toes.
So explore our Japan honeymoon travel guide, and allow us to share some of the best things to do in Japan for couples. Plus, our guide features informative Japan travel tips that will come in handy for your honeymoon trip.
Day 1: Downtown Tokyo
Start your Japan honeymoon adventure in the vibrant capital, Tokyo. With its quirks, relentless energy, and wonderfully unique attractions, Tokyo will surely blow your mind!
Looking for cheap romantic things to do in Tokyo? Shop for a bunch of food and unique treats at a Japanese convenience store, and enjoy a lazy and relaxing picnic date at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It’s an expansive park boasting traditional Japanese and English landscaping, and French formal gardens.
If the weather is bad, go to the metropolitan building where you can see the city view for free and have a lovely lunch on the top of the city.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Hours: 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays)
Almost all honeymoon couples in Japan recommend doing the traditional tea once. And, there’s no better way to do it than by wearing beautiful Japanese-style kimono and taking a honeymoon picture while wearing one. It’s therapeutic, meditative and will give you a taste of Japan’s culture.
Even better, Maikoya also offers a Japanese love-themed calligraphy experience after your Tea ceremony if you’d like.
You may experience it with or without wearing kimonos. Reserve a private tea ceremony here!
Kimono Tea ceremony Maikoya Tokyo
Hours: 09:30 AM to 07:00 PM
Phone: 03 6273 8818
A great way to wrap up the romantic first day of your Japan honeymoon is to indulge in a hearty dinner and a few drinks at Omoide Yokocho. Slip into one of its 60 small restaurants and bars for some tasty barbecued skewers (yakitori) and other savory drinks for your dinner date. Known in English as “memory lane”, this alley looks futuristic and may remind you of scenes from Blade Runner.
Day 2: Western Tokyo
Mori Art Museum is truly one of the most fascinating attractions in Japan. In fact, even the least enthusiastic tourist will be amazed and intrigued by its magical digital artworks and displays. It’s a surreal yet romantic experience that should be on every Japan honeymoon itinerary. The displays here are all digitally made by state-of-the-art technology.
Mori Art Museum
Hours: 10:00 AM to 09:30 PM from Wednesday to Monday, 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM on Tuesday
Phone: 03 6273 8818
From the museum, head to Mori Tower’s observation deck, Tokyo City View, and be enthralled by its magnificent panoramic view of the city. Set 250 meters above sea level, this deck is a favorite among couples, thanks to its views and eye-catching interiors.
Additionally, there are art exhibits displayed regularly on the deck. You’ll definitely want to put it on your list of things to do in Japan!
Tokyo City View
Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM on weekdays and 10:00 to 12:00 AM on weekends
Phone: 03 6273 8818
Built a century ago, this historic shrine is one of the must-see attractions in Tokyo for all types of travelers. Aside from its gorgeous and large torii gate, a visit here lets you make a wish on ema (wooden plates) with a small donation. And, who knows? Maybe, one of your newlywed wishes with your partner will come true.
A visit to Yoyogi Park is a great way to get some free entertainment on your Japan honeymoon. From stuntmen and magicians to a rock and roll dancing troupe, the park is loaded with talented and entertaining performers. Plus, the atmosphere is sights are stunning, meaning it makes a romantic stroll for couples on their Japan honeymoon.
Hours: Open 24 hours a day
Make your way to the Starbucks above the famed Shibuya Crossing, and look for a window seat. Afterward, soak up the view of the world-renowned and iconic scramble with a flavored seasonal latte in hand. Alternatively, you can join the scramble with your partner by your side, and experience one of the most quintessential things to do in Japan.
Active Hours: 06:30 AM to 02:00 AM
Day 3: Daily Trip to Tokyo Disneyland
They don’t call Tokyo Disneyland the happiest place on earth for nothing. With its incredibly hospitable Disney-themed characters and exciting rides, this park will put you in a state of pure bliss on your Japan honeymoon. It will even unleash the kid inside of you and will make your romantic trip a little adventurous.
Hours: 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily
Day 1-3 Tokyo Itinerary Guide
Looking for a place to stay in Tokyo?
For an ultimate Japan experience, we highly recommend booking a ryokan! There’s a list for every budget, from cheap stays to luxurious hotel-like experiences, Tokyo is home to a number of unique places. Here are some of our recommendations:
Hoshinoya Tokyo offers one of the most relaxing ryokan experiences in Japan. With polished wooden interiors and tatami flooring throughout the establishment, the whole inn welcomes an ambiance of serenity in the midst of a busy city. It was also awarded a spot in the World’s Best Awards 2020 Top Hotels in Tokyo by the Meredith Corporation.
Andon Ryokan prides itself as Tokyo’s first designer ryokan–a modern take on the traditional Japanese inn made to welcome and introduce foreigners to Japanese culture. With a quaint interior decorated with antiques and accessories that bring a homey feel, guests are sure to feel comfortable.
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Day 4: Romantic Getaway-Hakone
Need a little break from the nonstop sightseeing in Japan? Beloved for its parks, stunning mountain views, and relaxing onsens, Hakone is a wondrous mountain resort town perfect for every Japan honeymoon itinerary. For years, it’s known as a couple’s getaway, thanks to its relaxing onsen and exciting activities.
Spend the whole day soaking in the therapeutic onsens in Gora and Yumoto – See our list for the 10 Best Private Onsens in Hakone! Or, explore the area on a bike with your partner to see the beauty and charm of Hakone.
You can make your Hakone adventure a day trip and take the bullet train (Shinkansen) from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station for the next part of your itinerary!
You can also have a relaxing overnight stay at Hakone at some of the best-rated ryokans in the area! You can always take the bullet train to Kyoto Station on Day 5.
Looking for a place to stay in Hakone?
Gora Kadan in Hakone Gora is a 4-star ryokan located on the grounds of the former summer villa that was once owned by a member of the Imperial Family.
Gora Kadan features a fusion of tradition and modernity. The former Imperial estate is considered one of the National Park’s most coveted jewels and was once a favorite retreat of the Kaninnomiya Family.
Hakone Suishoen was built as a second home for the aristocratic Mitsui Family in the Taisho Era, right at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, it is a 5-star stay that preserves its legacy and history, as a registered tangible cultural asset.
Day 5: Kyoto
Kyoto is simply a can’t-miss on your Japan honeymoon itinerary. With its timeless appeal and romantic ambiance, Kyoto will add an extra element of romance to your Japan honeymoon vacation.
Kick off the 5th day of your Japan honeymoon trip on a high note by visiting the awe-inspiring Golden Pavilion. Walk around the area, feel its wonderfully serene ambiance and snap a photo of the pavilion with its refection in the still pond. And, don’t forget to hold your partner’s hand while you explore the area.
Performed by a real-life maiko (geisha), this wondrous Japanese Tea ceremony is a beautiful introduction to the timeless Japanese tradition and its associated rituals. What’s more, it includes sample traditional green matcha tea and other Japanese-styled sweets. If you’re for a unique and romantic Japan honeymoon experience, make sure to try this one.
Arrive 30 minutes early so you can wear your kimono for free!
Kimono Tea ceremony Maikoya Kyoto
Book with us online! PRIVATE Geisha Tea Ceremony and Geisha Performance in Kyoto
Hours: 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Once you’re done with your Geisha encounter, you and your partner will be dressed up in traditional Japanese wedding attire and have your photos taken by a pro. You may have your shots taken inside or in any of Kyoto’s verdant and remarkable parks. If you are looking for cheaper photo ops, then just try the kimono rental or kimono tea as the staff can still take your beautiful pictures with a high-resolution camera.
Kimono Tea ceremony Maikoya Kyoto
Day 6: Kyoto
Spend at least a couple of hours exploring Arashiyama on your Japan honeymoon. From the ethereal Bamboo forest to its hidden temples, Arashiyama teems with wonders that will leave you speechless and in awe. Amazingly, the area exudes a romantic vibe as well, making it a must-visit on your Japan honeymoon.
The Arashiyama Bamboo forest is just one of the many UNESCO World heritage sites in Kyoto!
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In Arashiyama, don’t forget to take the romantic Sagano train ride which is an open-air train during the summer months. This for sure a unique sightseeing activity though may not be ideal in the Wintertime. For 25 minutes, the ride will show the city’s beauty in any season, such as the changing leaves in autumn and spring’s cherry blossoms. The train ride starts at Saga torokko station and ends at Kameoka torokko station, following the picture-perfect Hozukyo Ravine along the way.
Sagano Bamboo Train
Hours: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM, closed on Wednesdays
Price: 620 for adults
Location: 11-1 Sagatenryuji Kurumamichicho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8373, Japan
In the mood for something fun and romantic? If the water is low, challenge one another to cross the Kamogawa River on the lovely turtle-shaped stones. Afterward, head to a balcony that overlooks the river, grab a drink and watch the sunset beautifully. With its tranquil feel, it’s a great spot to escape city life and enjoy a romantic stroll with your partner.
There are a number of amazing restaurants along the picturesque river – Here are some places worth visiting!
Gion, the city’s largest geisha district, feels like a step back in time, with its historic alleys and tea houses in the soft and beautiful evening glow. You can see Geishas here or take a romantic walk passing by historic alleys and houses. Cap off your exploration with a comfortable ride in a rickshaw.
For a sure-fire way to meet a Geisha in this area, learn about the Gion District, and Geisha, book a memorable geisha dinner show or a geisha tour here.
Explore Gion District
- Private Tea Ceremony and Performance in Gion
- Rickshaw Kyoto Tour Gion
- Geisha Maiko Show Kyoto + Guided Geisha Culture & History Tour
- Geisha Dinner Show in Old Town Kyoto at a Traditional Machiya with a Garden
Stay at a cozy and atmospheric Kyoto ryokan
Book at least a night’s stay at a highly-rated Kyoto ryokan, which is a traditional Japanese inn that usually features a hot spring private bath. It’s a romantic experience and includes a delectable dinner banquet of the freshest seasonal ingredients. And, did we mention that the accommodations and services are second to none?
Did you know that the best ryokans are in Kyoto? Check out some of them below!
Hoshinoya Kyoto is located a short distance from the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and is praised for its picturesque atmosphere, surrounded by sakura and a captivating walkway covered in moss that leads guests around the property. The traditional Japanese inn takes great pride in their kaiseki dinners, which are prepared by their Michelin Star Chef using local and seasonal ingredients.
Tawaraya Ryokan is considered one of the finest, if not the finest, in Kyoto and perhaps all of Japan. The 300-year-old Japanese inn is the oldest in Kyoto and has since been frequented by people of prominence–one of which was Steve Jobs. Tawaraya has a reputation for its high quality, attentive, and personalized service that has stemmed from accommodating aristocrats back in the Edo Period, leaving no space for compromise in their services and dining experience.
Hiiragiya Ryokan is one of the oldest and most beloved inns in Japan. The traditional inn has been hosting prominent personalities–writers, artists, and politicians, as well as members of the Imperial Family, since its establishment in 1818. Notably, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata, and noted author Junichiro Tanizaki, consider Hiiragiya as their “home away from home”, as well as celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Taylor.
Located right in the heart of a district that treasures geisha culture, Gion Hatanaka stands out as it offers maiko evenings and regular geisha entertainment where guests can observe the traditional dances and performances. If you’re a fan, this is the place for you to play maiko drinking games first hand, and learn about the samurai and sword dancing.
Looking for more? Check out our lists of the best ryokans in Kyoto!
Day 7: Kyoto
Indulge in a tasty fresh breakfast at Nishiki Market
A fantastic way to start the 7th day of your Japan honeymoon is to visit the tantalizing Nishiki Market. It’s home to a ton of aromatic and savory street food as well as fresh cooking ingredients. Eat as much as you can, so you and your partner will have plenty of energy throughout the day.
Lined by more than 100 shops and stalls, this 5- block shopping street, known as “Kyoto’s kitchen”, is the best spot in the city to score seasonal specialties and food, like sushi, dried seafood, pickles, and Japanese sweets. Built back in 1310, this market is also a historic spot that should be on your Japan honeymoon itinerary.
Some shops offer free samples of their products. Be sure to give them a taste!
Hours: 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Location: 11-1 Sagatenryuji Kurumamichicho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8373, Japan
Right around the corner of the Nishiki Market, you will find Kyoto’s most popular museum and experience venue: Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum. Ever wanted to become a warrior? Make your dream of becoming a brave warrior a reality by joining the samurai test-cutting experience at the Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum. You’ll get to wear a real samurai warrior, use authentic samurai swords to slice tatami mat, and learn Tameshigiri – a centuries-old samurai practice.
This is a great way to teach yourself and your partner some tricks in self-defense. And, besides, it’s a cool and unique date that you won’t experience back home. As a couple, you can become a ninja, learn sword fighting or simply take the history tour and watch a samurai show.
In Japan please do not take a wedding photo while one of you holding a sword. Even though many couples do this, the sword symbolically represents cutting, including cutting relationships!
Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto
Hours: 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Location: Teramachi Utanokoji building 2F, 292, Higashidaimonjicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Be mesmerized by the Instagram-worthy grounds of Kiyomizudera. While inside the area, make sure to wash your hands using the sacred water for good health and longevity. From there, look for the love stones at the nearby Jishu-Temple and observe how locals in the area pray for true love.
Also, spend some time admiring the architecture and natural backdrop of the area.
You can visit the temple while wearing a kimono! Rent one here.
Before nighttime comes, hold your partner’s hand, and make it a goal to hike up and down the whole length of the visually appealing red tori gates. It’s definitely one of the most romantic things to do on your Japan honeymoon getaway. The path may seem endless, but it’s nonetheless a great way to have an optimistic conversation about your future plans with your partner.
Avoid the souvenirs there because they’re extremely pricey.
Day 5-7 Kyoto Itinerary Guide
Looking for more places to stay in Kyoto?
Check out our list for the Best Places to Stay in Kyoto so you can figure out which neighborhood would suit you best!
Arashiyama Benkei is a traditional Japanese ryokan located along the banks of Katsura River, in western Kyoto. It’s the perfect walking distance from the main tourist attractions in Arashiyama, making it a great stay for those who wish to explore the town. Arashiyama Benkei has been recognized for its exceptional service and has been awarded multiple accolades including the Traveler’s Choice Award by TripAdvisor from 2017 to 2019, and was listed in the Top 25 Japanese Ryokan/B&B accommodation.
The cozy Japanese ryokan is known for its exceptional hospitality and attentive service. The guest rooms have since been refurbished to incorporate more modern elements and comforts, with a sitting area that offers views into its delightful garden. That staff’s attention to detail during a stay is sure to impress along with the multi-course kaiseki dinner. Seikoro Ryokan is also ideally located near historical sites like Kiyomizu, a temple that has been declared as a World Heritage Site. Seikoro Ryokan is also pet-friendly!
Day 8: Romantic Getaway-Osaka
A visit to Osaka is an absolute must on your Japan honeymoon. For years, Osaka has been known for its tasty cuisine and romantic attractions, making it a great destination for those who are on their Japan honeymoon.
Learn of the art of Japanese cooking while wearing a kimono at Maikoya Osaka. Here, a friendly English-speaking instructor will teach you how to cook an array of Japanese staples in the heart of Japan’s culinary capital, including Miso Soup, Tamagoyaki, and a whole lot more.
Of course, it will also teach you how to be an expert in making sushi.
Dotonbori is a beloved canal with an all-around buzzing ambiance, restaurants, street food, shops, and catchy neon signs, such as the Glico Man. Even if you’re a big-time spender, you’ll want to include this pit stop in your Japan honeymoon itinerary. And, despite its electric ambiance, a stroll here will still feel romantic.
Hours: Open 24 hours daily
Day 9: Romantic Getaway in Nara
From Osaka, go to Nara and check out the world-famous deer park. Spend some time there feeding the friendly animals with special deer biscuits. The creatures there are surprisingly friendly and will even show their appreciation after giving them some treats. Then, explore the districts and iconic temples that make Nara a must-see on your Japan honeymoon.
Day 10: Last Day in Japan: Osaka
Thrill your senses at Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios is like Disneyland on steroids, with rides 10 times more thrilling than its Disney counterparts. Explore the Wizarding World or enter the anime universe of fan favorites, such as Sailor Moon, Death Note, and Attack on Titan. Of course, the theme park is loaded with awesome sights as well.
Universal Studios Japan
Price: 7,800 (with tax) for adults
Hours: 08:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Many couples fly directly back to their home country from Osaka. The Kansai International Airport has many direct flights to destinations all around the world.
Make sure to visit Maikoya on your Japan honeymoon getaway! From Japanese tea ceremonies to kimono photo shoots, we have an arsenal of services and ways to spice up your Japan honeymoon. Better yet, avail of our Japan honeymoon package in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.
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