Planning a wedding is both demanding and thrilling thing to do, but deciding where to spend your honeymoon can be even more overwhelming. Not everybody dreams of tropical beaches and sipping juicy cocktails under palm trees, but rather opt for something more riveting and exciting.
There is nothing better for newlywed couples than to start the new life journey doing things that they love. If you happen to love snow and winter adventures, Japan is the perfect destination for you and your loved one. From popular city destinations to mesmerizing mountains and ski wonderlands, Japan just has it all. Think no more and consider some of these locations for your unique honeymoon.
Fuji’s Five Lakes
The mountain of Fuji is definitely the gem of Japan. One of the best views of this sensational mountain can be at the base of the five lakes (Fujigoko). Mount Fuji is surrounded by magnificent lakes Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko, and Motosuko that offer you a chance to explore this astonishing mountain by also enjoying in the other natural surrounding wonders. Some couples can’t image having an active honeymoon, but if you are an adrenalin-seeker here you can go mountain climbing, fishing and even canoeing on Lake Kawaguchiko. If you wish to have a more relaxing and enriching trip, you can visit the Kubota museum, the Sengen Shrine at the foot of the mountain or just go sightseeing for a leisurely honeymoon.
The mountain village Shirakawa-go
Definitely this small, picture-perfect and historical village is great for couples who are seeking tranquillity and serenity. Shirakawa-go is actually one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites where you can see distinct gassho-zakuri style farmhouses and traditional triangular-roofed houses. This destination represents ideal winter wonderland because the piles of snow look brilliant on these houses so it is a true photogenic site. You can go trotting around in the thick snow, chat with friendly locals, or sip a hot cocoa next to a fireplace. What not many people know is that there is actually a skiing site next to this wonderful village, so you can bring our equipment and give it a go.
Located on the southern part of the peninsula Hokkaido, Niseko is certainly Japan’s biggest and probably the most popular ski resort. If you are loving fans of winter sport then this great ski location in Japan is just for you. Niseko is truly a snow-powdered paradise, and here you would have a chance to utterly indulge in all the winter amenities it offers. You can go skiing and snowboarding on any at its seven ski areas, the main being Annupuri and Niseko Village. There is also a chance to experience off-piste side-country skiing for more professional riders. Plus, there are numerous fine dining restaurants, and superb nightlife so you can have fun while still doing the sport that you love and enjoying in the start of the rest of your lives together on this sensational resort.
After having fun in the snow on the north part of Japan, the south part, on the other hand, offers relaxation and different kind of thrill for the lovers. Okinawa consists of hundred small islands and the abundant marine life gives you the opportunity to go scuba diving, swim with the various fish, investigate the astonishing reef and go snorkelling. If you are a marine enthusiast then there is nothing more romantic than swimming together in the crystal clear coral reef. Afterwards, you can go to Okinawa Churauimi Aquarium to see gigantic whale sharks and manta rays. Something that all honeymooners would absolutely adore is to witness one of kind event that happens from late January to early February – the gorgeous pink sakura trees or cherry blossom. Surely, walking along the streets of Okinawa and feeling the light winter breeze and indulging in the beautiful sight of cherry blossom will make your marriage bloom.
If you are thinking about which city destination would be best to visit on your honeymoon, think no more. The ancient city of Kyoto is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in entire Japan. It is known for being the Imperial Capital of Japan due to over 2000 temples and shrines that stood the test of time. Next, to visiting some of its beautiful temples, you can find peace together in a bamboo forest or zen garden, or dine at traditional eighteen-century ryokan inn. Also, by visiting Nishiki Market you can bring home the touch of Kyoto as a valuable memory of your honeymoon. Alongside the typical Japanese seafood, you can get many other culinary delights such as traditional dried sweets, pickles, and sushi.
Tokyo is unequivocally one of the world’s most bustling metropolitan city. Don’t get intimidated by its size, Tokyo certainly has everything from soup to nuts. The great thing is that you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to have a fabulous honeymoon. You can visit the cool Tokyo Tower, which design is inspired by Eiffel Tower but it is actually 30 feet taller, food courts, shopping marts, and restaurants. Next to much other popular sightseeing attraction, you have to visit the Sensoji temple and admire its grand stature and intricate architectural details.
The region of Nagano
Another must-see ski delight, Nagano is a true outdoor sports paradise. Its white mountains are also called Japan’s Alps, so it is no wonder that many active honeymooners come here. There are many comfy hotels to choose from, with a cozy atmosphere and relaxing spa’s so you won’t even need to go out of your room. But when you do, you will be in for a treat. Go snowboarding and ski down an actual winter Hakuba Happo One’s Olympic slope, ride a show buggy, or go trekking through the splendid winter landscape and explore the off-limits parts of the forest.
Even though it might be hard to decide which of this unique winter locations would be ideal for your honeymoon, bear in mind that Japan has even more to offer. Before you go check the temperature and pack the right clothes to ensure that you would have the best honeymoon adventure imaginable.