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The 10 Best Places To Honeymoon In Japan (Romantic Beaches, Ancient Temples, More)

With stunning beaches, ancient temples, lush mountains, and beautiful cities, a honeymoon in Japan will give you and your significant other an incredible variety of places to explore.

The great news is that because it’s so convenient to travel around the country, you don’t have to pick just one place for your honeymoon in Japan. I suggest stringing together several of the locations I recommend below to create your own unique and ideal honeymoon itinerary.

So whether you want a beach escape, city getaway, countryside retreat, or mix of all three, take a look at this guide for the best places to honeymoon in Japan.

What are the best honeymoon destinations in Japan?

Beach Escape

Ishigaki

Clown fish

If you and your partner love scuba diving, snorkeling, or laying on the beach, Ishigaki is an incredible honeymoon destination in Japan.

As one of the most southern islands in Japan (it’s near Taiwan), Ishigaki is a tropical paradise. The island is famous for its sandy beaches, bright blue waters, and lush forests. In the summer and early fall, you may be able to see the island’s famous manta rays passing through the surrounding waters while you scuba dive.

Ishigaki is an ideal honeymoon getaway for lovers (no pun intended) of nature and the outdoors. In addition to spectacular water activities, the island has beautiful hiking trails with stunning views of the coastline.

For hotels, I suggest booking one of these romantic spots:

Plan your honeymoon to the island by reading my detailed guide to Ishigaki.

Izu Islands

Sunrise on a beach in Miyakejima

The Izu Islands are arguably one of Japan’s best kept secrets. Although just a few hours by boat from Tokyo, these dramatic islands are often overlooked for the more famous Okinawa Islands in the south. However, the Izu Islands offer incredible volcanic beaches, waters teeming with wildlife, and a rugged landscape. If you and your new spouse are looking for a more rustic honeymoon destination, I strongly suggest considering the Izu Islands.

The Izu Islands are a cluster of semi-tropical, volcanic islands in the Izu Peninsula. The most visited islands are Oshima, Miyakejima, Niijima, Toshima, Shikinejima, Kozushima, Mikurajima, Hachijojima and Aogashima.

You can reach the Izu Islands either via a short plane ride or speedboat/overnight ferry from Tokyo. Even though the islands are so close to the Capital, they feel worlds away. You and your partner will love these secluded islands in the Pacific.

Hotel options on this island are fairly limited, but consider honeymooning in one of these:

Get inspired to honeymoon in the Izu Islands with my guide to one of the best islands, Miyakejima.

City Getaway

Tokyo

Sakura above Meguro River

Tokyo is a city that needs no introduction. An urban paradise with sunny skies nearly year round, the city is one of the best in the world for a metropolitan honeymoon.

Whether you and your partner are interested in history, art, food, music, sports, or nature, Tokyo has it all. Imagine spending your honeymoon exploring the busy streets of Shibuya and Harajuku, seeing the Tokyo Tower lit up at night, or admiring beautiful sakura blossoms.

There are also many incredible and easy day trip options from Tokyo that you can take if you want to mix it up and explore the surrounding cities or countryside as well. Tokyo is also the natural launching point for any honeymoon trip to Japan.

Get inspired with these romantic hotel ideas below, but check out my recommendations for the best luxury hotels in Tokyo if you want a truly indulgent experience!

Honeymoon in Tokyo using my detailed five day itinerary.

Kyoto

Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan at sunset

As the cultural heart of Japan, Kyoto is at the top of many honeymooners’ lists. With hundreds of intimate gardens and ancient temples, many spectacular hotels, and thousands of delicious restaurants, Kyoto is an incredibly romantic destination.

Get lost together in the historical streets of Gion, hike under the orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha, and gaze at the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji as you enjoy an incredible honeymoon in Kyoto.

I recommend these hotels for a lovely stay (or one of Kyoto’s best luxury hotels):

Follow my three day itinerary in Kyoto to plan a romantic trip to Japan’s historical capital.

Countryside Retreat

Miyajima

Itsukushima Jinja during high tide

Miyajima is one of the best places in Japan for a honeymoon. This island of dramatic landscapes has a long history with Buddhism and Shinto, Japan’s indigenous religion.

The island’s most iconic landmark is Itsukushima Jinja Otorii (pictured above), a torii gate built over the bay. During High tide, the torii gate appears to float.

I recommend staying in a nice hotel or ryokan on Miyajima if you’d like a peaceful few nights surrounded by nature and ancient temples and shrines. Some accommodations I recommend are:

Nozawa Onsen

Temple grounds in the autumn in Japan

Nozawa Onsen is one of the most beautiful mountain villages in Japan. Located in Nagano Prefecture, this small village is most famous for its thirteen public onsens. Nozawa Onsen has incredible hiking trails in the green season and world-class skiing or snowboarding opportunities in the winter season.

I also recommend this town for part of your honeymoon in Japan because it has an excellent selection of restaurants and activities to keep you and your significant other entertained.

For hotels, check out:

Nikko

Waterfall in Nikko

Nikko is one of my favorite weekend destinations from Tokyo and is the perfect place to add to your honeymoon in Japan itinerary. Less than 3 hours from Tokyo, Nikko has some of the most magnificent temples and shrines in the country along with stunning waterfalls and hikes.

In the warmer months, you’ll be able to paddle board as a couple on Lake Chūzenji and hike alongside awe-inspiring waterfalls.

Experience an incredible few days in Nikko at one of these hotels:

Discover more through my detailed itinerary about Nikko, the ideal weekend getaway from Tokyo.

Gunma

Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku through lush greenery

Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku


Escape to the mountains by visiting Gunma for part of your honeymoon. Gunma is a stunning prefecture in central Japan with lush greenery and lots of wildlife. I particularly love visiting this region for its many spectacular onsens (communal spring water baths).

If you want to truly unwind, eat high quality, traditional Japanese food, and spend quiet time as a couple, I highly suggest staying at a ryokan while in Gunma. A ryokan is a traditional, Japanese-style inn that often includes breakfast and dinner and best of all, usually has an onsen attached to it.

Some of my favorite ryokans and onsens in the area are:

Interested in visiting more onsens? Find out about the best onsens in Japan.

Yamanashi

Lake Kawaguchi shores

Explore Japan’s wine country and visit Yamanashi, a prefecture including the north part of Mount Fuji and the famous Fuji Five Lakes region. Spend romantic days paddle boarding, wandering through vineyards, and sipping wine all while enjoying breathtaking views of Mount Fuji.

If you want to accomplish an amazing bucket list item as a couple, hike Mount Fuji before or after your trip to Yamanashi.

There are direct expressway buses from Tokyo to Yamanashi, so this prefecture is a convenient addition to your honeymoon itinerary (you can also rent a car and drive for about 1.5 hours).

Enjoy honeymooning in one of these hotels:

Discover Japan’s wine country and visit Yamanashi.

Hakuba

A blue lake surrounded by mountains and greenery. A blue and yellow flag flies next to a green shed.

Hakuba is one of the most popular snow resort destinations in Japan, but it’s equally as lovely in the other seasons as well.

If you’re taking a winter honeymoon, ski or snowboard your hearts away on one of the many incredible runs before sharing a cozy night in the village.

In the warmer months, spend long days outside hiking in the mountains or paddle boarding on Lake Aoki.

These hotels are great options for your honeymoon:

Discover the best of Hakuba in my detailed guide.

Enjoy Your Honeymoon In Japan!

I hope these suggestions helped spark inspiration for your honeymoon and that you have a wonderful time in Japan. No matter what time of year or what type of trip you’re looking for, I’m confident you will enjoy a lovely honeymoon in Japan.

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