When people think of romantic honeymoon destinations, Japan might not be the first place that springs to mind. However, when you consider the wealth of different landscapes, microclimates, and breathtaking destinations that the country has to offer, this seems incredibly unusual.
Whether it’s the favorable climate, the world famous food, or the countless exciting tourist destinations, it would seem Japan would be a no brainer for any would-be married couple to set as their honeymoon. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in and take a look at what the country has to offer.
Without question, Japan has some of the best cuisine in the world. Be it traditional Japanese cuisine, or world dishes, Japan has everything you could ever want to satisfy your hunger pangs.
A simple yet popular dish, ramen is a noodle soup dish, which often combines boiled eggs, meat, vegetables, and a spicy broth, acting as the perfect comfort food for tourists and locals alike.
There are countless restaurants of all shapes and sizes in the capital city of Tokyo alone, and wherever you are in the country, a hidden culinary gem won’t be far away.
Popular the world over, there is nothing quite like Japanese sushi in the country of its origin. Sample the fresh products, much of which are caught and sourced locally, and share a collection of dishes with your partner while you bask in the glow of a world famous Japanese tradition.
Mochi Ice Cream
Another Japanese tradition that is popular the world over is mochi ice cream.
Somewhat unusual in its design, yet entirely unique, mochi are sticky rice balls with an ice cream filling, and are the perfect comfort food, or after dinner treat.
A popular mainstay in Japan and abroad, you will have no trouble finding countless great spots for mochi in most Japanese cities, and it can be a great, fun way to experience what Japan has to offer with your partner.
The Climate & Geography
Of course, what kind of article would we be if we didn’t mention the breathtaking variation of scenery that Japan has to offer.
From tropical beaches, to vast forests and wetlands, to snow-capped mountainous regions, Japan really does have it all, especially when you consider the size of the landmass.
On countless romantic websites, Japan in wintertime is a constant recommendation, andi it’s not hard to see why.
With snowy forests, quaint little villages nestled in the mountains, and heavy snowfall through the coldest months, this time of year can be a magical time for those honeymooners seeking a break from the hot weather.
Even major cities like Tokyo take on a life of their own during this period, and what could be better than getting wrapped up warm with your loved one and enjoying a warm mug of cocoa or tea?
For a wholesome, fun time with your spouse, why not check out the Sapporo snow festival, which is spread over seven days in February each year, and which plays host to some of the best snow sculptures in the world? Something tells me you won’t regret it!
Alternatively, Japan also has many beach locations across the mainland and surrounding coastal islands, allowing a break from the hustle and bustle of industrial areas, and putting rest and relaxation as the main priority.
Try Busena Beach in Okinawa, or visit the beaches of Kotobikihama for the crystal clear waters, quiet, lush surroundings, and pristine beaches away from the masses.
Tourism & Activities
Of course, within Japan there are countless activities and destinations you can visit, all for relatively affordable prices, and expertly guided.
Jigokudani Monkey Park
Famed across the world for its hot springs, which play host to some very relaxed bathing primates, the Jigokudani Monkey Park is a fun and unique day out, be it for couples or families.
Found near Nagano, the name mean’s “Hell’s Valley” due to the active hot springs, but the place is anything but hellish. Take in the beautiful springs, and the lush surrounding forests, or observe the countless wild snow monkeys, who add a whole new meaning to the term “bathing beauties”.
Considered one of the most pristine examples of ancient Japanese architecture, Himeji Castle can be found near the city of Himeji.
Playing host to countless tourists over the years, the Castle is considered a romantic beauty spot, and its featured moment in the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice” makes it a popular destination for locals and foreigners alike.
Resembling the Eiffel Tower in appearance and dimensions, this telecommunications and observation tower is nestled in the center of Tokyo, and can be a great urban destination to take in the sights with your loved one.
Featuring unparalleled views of the city, it is an affordable and breathtaking experience to share.
The Golden Pavilion
Considered the most popular tourist destination in Japan, the Golden Pavilion is the 14th century retirement villa for the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.
A peaceful and harmonious place, nestled in the charming woodlands of Kyoto, this is a great day out for you and your partner.
Of course, we couldn’t not mention Mt. Fuji.
As one of the largest and most famous mountains in the world, Mt. Fuji is known for its beauty, iconic scenery, and long history within Japanese folklore and tradition.
Take in the sights with one of many experienced guides, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the astounding views.
And there we have it, everything you need to know about Japan, and what it has to offer as a honeymoon destination.
Whether you are in for a nice, peaceful getaway, or a more action-packed excursion with your spouse, Japan certainly has something for everyone.
Why not pay it a visit?