Whilst the flight time puts many people off, honeymoon to Japan offers something for everyone. It is a country with a fascinating history and culture, but it is certainly not a backward facing country: the modern and Sci-Fi nature of Tokyo seems almost like a peek into the future for Western cities. The sushi is (obviously!) the best in the world, the people are renowned as being some of the most polite and the bullet trains facilitate an incredibly efficient transport network – making a honeymoon in Japan an absolute dream.
Japan has a large array of incredible temples to visit, as well as the stunning sakura bloom in spring. If you come in winter, you can expect some world class skiing, whilst Japan is over two-thirds mountains, meaning there are bubbling hot springs everywhere.
Equally, if you want to get off the beaten track, we’d recommend checking out the Hoshitoge Rice Terraces in Tokamachi. Japan may be an expensive option, but the fact that this incredible country has managed to evolve from an ancient civilisation into one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth (while still retaining its sense of history) – means choosing this enchanting country will definitely be worth it for your honeymoon.
About the activities:
Japan has so much to see and do it would be impossible to visit everything in one trip. Tokyo and Osaka will both be assaults on the senses as you will be bewitched by these vibrant and modern architectural wonders. Spend at least a few days exploring each of these cities.
In order to immerse yourself in the culture more, spend a few nights in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese guesthouse), go and watch a Kyoto geisha dance, or visit any one of the number of Zen gardens on offer. Take the bullet train in style. Throughout all of this, don’t forget to enjoy the sublime fresh sushi; or, if you’re in the mountains, the hotpots – you won’t regret it!
About the weather:
For us, the best time to visit Japan is between March – May, and September – November, when the weather is cooler and milder. During these times of year, there is very little rainfall and the skies are generally pretty clear. To make matters even more appealing, the stunning cherry blossom tress in Spring and the vivid hues of the Autumn leaves will take your breath away at those times of year.
What we love:
The sushi and the locals. The sushi is generally delicate, fresh and mouth-wateringly good. Even the worst sushi in Japan will taste better than average sushi anywhere else! As for the locals, they are so friendly and always eager to help in any way that they can. Try and learn a few words of Japanese also, they will really appreciate the fact that you are making an effort.
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The following are companies we would recommend...
Founded in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent embody the pinnacle of luxury honeymoon tour operators. Whilst they are at the more expensive end of the spectrum, you pay for quality and Abercrombie & Kent organise trips in 100 countries on all 7 continents. Whether you are looking for a unique tailor-made trip, a relaxing beach holiday, or a private villa or chalet to rent for your honeymoon, Abercrombie & Kent will look after you every step of the way as they pride themselves on being the best in the business.
Travelbag have been creating unforgettable travel experiences to destinations across the world for more than 30 years. So whether you want to go to Australia or Antarctica, New York or New Zealand, Zanzibar or Zambia, Travelbag will almost certainly have a long-haul holiday for you. And if you can't find the exact trip you're looking for, give them a call and they'll tailor-make it for you
Whilst Scott Dunn is at the slightly more expensive end of the spectrum, their emphasis is always on quality and they justify the price tag as their enormous collection of awards will testify. It is your honeymoon after all! Based in London, but a global travel company, their staff are passionate about creating memorable trips that continue to exceed their client’s expectations - so you know you are very much in safe hands.