Japan Honeymoons

Some may say Japan is the least obvious destination in our honeymoon repertoire, but it's easily one of the most intriguing, and delivers 'unique experience' like no other country we know. Lively urban culture is balanced by beautiful ancient tradition, while superb natural landscapes provide a deeply satisfying backdrop to the swift rail journeys that whisk you between the cities and mountainous spa towns.

While you won't find yourself flopping on a tropical beach for a fortnight (which isn't very 'Selective Asia' anyway), Japan's relative absence of beach resorts is easily answered by its sophisticated hot spring culture - mountain resorts with natural mineral pools and exclusive spa accommodation, where deep relaxation and beautiful scenery are the focus of your stay.

Where to start

Japan is seemingly tailor-made for private travel - it's extremely safe and inherently welcoming, with smart high-speed railways that connect some of the world's most compelling cities in a matter of hours, and immaculate hotels where customer service has almost become an art form. We can tailor an itinerary to your interests, but consider first how much you want to travel and how many destinations you’d like to visit. Would you like to spend time near other people, or would you rather hide away together? Would you like to experience as much as possible, or would you prefer a particular style of honeymoon with just a taste of the rest? 

Having read through our Japan destination guides, you'll benefit from sitting down together to discuss how your ideal honeymoon in Japan might look and feel - how much time would you like to spend relaxing in an onsen, soaking away the wedding adrenalin? There are several within a couple of hours of Tokyo. How about a day or two strolling around Kyoto's tranquil temples, or indulging in Osaka's famous foodie culture? Would you prefer to start by having some fun in a sake brewery, or dressing in kimono (which is, these days, Japan's formal wedding outfit) for your own private tea ceremony? 

If tranquility is key, we can arrange for a few days stay in a mountain monastery at the seat of Japanese Buddhism, or perhaps you'd enjoy a morning's walk along the historic rural trails that connected towns and villages in the times of samurai. Or maybe you want to spend the first few days of your Japanese honeymoon in Tokyo, luxuriating in a Park Hyatt suite with spectacular city views, and some of the world's finest nightlife on your doorstep. Whatever suits you best - we think Japan can deliver it with style.

Ultimate Honeymoon Hotels

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel

Legendary thanks to its starring role in Lost in Translation, the Park Hyatt is an oasis of sophisticated tranquillity. We love the superb views over Tokyo, ripe for musing over from its huge mirror glass walls, which line every important space in the building, from the suites to the spa's gorgeous Japanese bathing pool.

The Screen, Kyoto

The Screen, Kyoto

 The Screen boutique hotel, Kyoto

This contemporary deluxe boutique property stands out from the crowd in historic Kyoto. Each of its 13 rooms have been uniquely designed by a different artist, and amenities are top notch throughout. We especially enjoy the 5th floor sky lounge with its views over Kyoto.

Hoshinoya, Kyoto

Hoshinoya, Kyoto

Hoshinoya ryokan, Kyoto

Nestled on the wooded banks of the Hozugawa River in the temple-rich Arashiyama district, Hoshinoya is accessible from Kyoto by a lazy 10 minute boat journey in a traditional cedar wood boat: it's a beautiful start to a stay in what was once the retreat of a Kyoto merchant, and what is now a lavish boutique ryokyan that's ideal as a romantic honeymoon hideaway.

Gora Kadan, Hakone

Gora Kadan, Hakone

Private hot spring tub, Gora Kadan

Formerly the summer residence of the Kaninnomiya Imperial family, in a harmonious setting deep within Hakone National Park, Gora Kadan is one of Japan's most luxurious ryokan, and boasts a range of suites that are ideal for a secluded hot spring honeymoon.

Wanosato, Takayama

Wanosato, Takayama


A tiny, rustic ryokan just outside the historic mountain city of Takayama, Wanosato offers the luxury of peace and tranquillity. The property is gloriously traditional, and serves excellent locally sourced food - vegetables grown in these mountains are prized across Japan, as is the region's Hida beef. The river fish is freshly caught too, and the sake locally brewed using crisp mountain springwater - perfect to enjoy by the open hearth, or even in the hot spring bath.

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‘You might not think of Japan as a honeymoon destination, but it's naturally and culturally perfect for sophisticated private exploration and relaxation.’

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Visa, flights and everything in-between.

You will require an entry visa for your honeymoon in Japan. We will advise you on all of your visa requirements.

We are a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and will be happy to arrange your ex-UK flights.flights.

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Many of Japan's hotels offer special honeymoon packages and discounts. All of these will be passed directly on to you.