Wondering what to do in Kyoto for your honeymoon? Kyoto is, no doubt, one of the most romantic cities for newlyweds to visit on their honeymoon. Check out our carefully curated 3-day Kyoto honeymoon itinerary, filled with a mix of must-do’s and more unique activities that any couple will enjoy.

Fun and romantic things to do on your Kyoto honeymoon


Day 1

Breakfast at Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market - Kyoto Honeymoon

Want to start your Kyoto honeymoon on the right foot? Wake up to a lively market selling fresh ingredients and tantalising street food. Try as many dishes as you can to fuel up for the day ahead on the first day of you Kyoto honeymoon vacation.

Contact number is +81 75-211-3882. Opening hours are 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM daily.

Stroll the streets of Sannenzaka and Ninnenzaka


Not too far from Nishiki Market are two stone-paved roads lined with old-world Japan buildings selling boutique accessories and traditional garments.

Kiyommizu Dera

Kiyommizu Dera Kyoto Honeymoon

Looking for romantic things to do in Kyoto, Japan? Wander up Kiyommizu Zaka, a sloped street lined with shops selling Japanese street food and souvenirs. Explore the beautiful temple grounds of Kiyomizu Dera. Then, find the love stones at Jishu-Temple nearby and observe the locals pray for true love.

Contact number is +81 75-551-1234.

Hike through the sacred red gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha

fushimi inari taisha Kyoto Honeymoon

Before dusk, take each other’s hand and make it your goal to trek up and down the entire length of the brilliant red tori gates. Trust me, it’s one of the most romantic things to do in Kyoto, Japan.

Contact number is +81 75-641-7331. It’s open 24 hours a day.

Day 2

Be awestruck and inspired at Garden Museum Hiei

This incredible garden was designed to bring to life famous paintings by Monet and Van Gogh. A painting is placed in each section for reference so you can observe how closely it replicates the original artwork. Even if you’re not a certified art lover, this garden still should be on your Kyoto honeymoon travel itinerary.

Contact number is +81 75-707-7733. Opening hours are 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM.

Experience a Japanese Wedding Kimono photoshoot and tea ceremony

Many visitors to Japan add ‘trying on a kimono’ to their bucket list or Kyoto honeymoon, but rarely do they get the chance to wear a kimono that is saved for special occasions like a wedding. In this unique opportunity, you will be fully fitted in exquisite wedding kimono for you and your spouse and participate in a private tea ceremony and photoshoot. Make a booking here so you don’t miss your preferred timeslot.

Contact number is +81 75-606-5303. Opening hours are 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM daily.

Kamogawa river

kamogawa river

On your way to Gion, take the route along Kamogawa, a river that is a popular date spot among the locals in Kyoto. If the tide is low, challenge each other to cross the river on turtle-shaped stepping stones. Then, grab a drink on a balcony overlooking the river as you watch the sun slip beneath the horizon and replaced by golden lights at dusk.

Wander the streets of Gion in the early evening

Gion Kyoto honeymoon

The largest geisha district in Kyoto, you will step back in time as you traverse the preserved historical tea houses and alleys in the soft evening glow. Complete your journey with a cosy ride in a rickshaw.

Stay a night at a fancy ryokan

ryokan in Kyoto, Japan

Book at least a night’s stay at one of Kyoto’s highly-rated ryokans, a traditional Japanese inn, that includes a private hot spring bath. Many couples on their Kyoto honeymoon say that this is their favourite thing to do in Japan. The ryokan hosts will ensure your stay is impeccable, and you will be well-fed with a kaiseki dinner banquet consisting of the freshest seasonal ingredients. It’s simply a can’t-miss on your Kyoto honeymoon.


Day 3

Begin your morning at the Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkakuji Temple Kyoto honeymoon

Start the third day of your Kyoto honeymoon on a high note by visiting the stunning Golden Pavilion to capture a photograph of it with its reflection in the still pond and take a walk around the lush temple gardens.

Contact number is +81 75-461-0013. Opening hours are 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

Discover the natural beauty of Arashiyama

Bamboo forest

No Kyoto honeymoon trip is complete without a visit to Arashiyama. After all, it’s a beautiful town encircled by mountains where you can explore more food and gift shops, many hidden temples, and the remarkable Bamboo Forest.

Try a multiple course tofu restaurant if you’re both hungry for something you won’t find in your home country.

Hop on the Hozugawa River Cruise

Hozugawa River Cruise

Before the sun sets, embark on a two hour scenic adventure led by charismatic boatmen through mild rapids and calm waters, soaking in the dazzling mountain scenery with your love. Amorous and wondrous, it’s a beautiful experience that should be on our Kyoto honeymoon itinerary.

If you want to know more about honeymoon experience in Kyoto, you can read our ultimate guide here.

Let us know in the comments below what other things you would include in a Kyoto honeymoon itinerary!

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