If originality is the name of your honeymoon game, then look no further than one of the most ‘other’ (and completely amazing to boot) destinations in the world - Japan.

For those wanting to get well and truly outside the box on their honeymoon, or to throw the box out altogether, Japan is the perfect destination. This is, after all, a place where you can buy burgers and eggs from vending machines, karaoke is done without a hint of irony and trains actually run on time. It's also the complete package when it comes to travel; snow-capped mountains in the north, flawless beaches in the south, and pretty much everything else on the honeymoon tick-list in between.

The main island of Honshu is home to everything you could ever want to see on a luxury honeymoon. Tokyo, as the largest city in the world, is somewhere we'd highly recommend having a guide to show you around, so you can get the best from the experience. With more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world, food is a major draw here. History buffs (although maybe not romantic-types) will doubtless be drawn to Hiroshima; a harrowing but necessary trip for many. Wildlife enthusiasts will want to head straight to Jigokudani to watch snow monkeys bathing in hot springs, while adrenaline junkies will love skiing in northerly Hokkaido.

There's also no need to compromise on romance, this is a honeymoon after all; for fans of hearts and flowers, it doesn't get much more flowery than Japan's cherry blossom season - the perfect honeymoon option if you're having a spring wedding.

Accommodation is also key to any honeymoon, and the luxury hotels in Japan are also, well, extremely luxurious, whether you're staying in a futuristic skyscraper or a ryokan - a traditional Japanese inn where you sleep on futon beds in tatame walled bedrooms, wear slippers and yakata dressing gowns and eat multi-course banquets of sublime Japanese cuisine. It's the perfect way to experience the real Japan, but for a taste of the unreal Japan, the soaring skyscraper hotels in Tokyo are also spectacular.

It gets better. One piece of the honeymoon jigsaw missing in Japan is beach action (although the islands of Okinawa are an option) but we're finding Japan and Hawaii becoming an increasingly popular - and super original - honeymoon combo.

Take advantage of our Honeymoon Gift List service! The service allows your loved ones to contribute to your Japan honeymoon by giving money towards the overall cost of your honeymoon.

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One evening in Tokyo, our guide took us into deepest, darkest Shinjuku. We were led up these stairs into a tiny little restaurant full of gas burners, where a lovely old lady served us delicious shabu-shabu - I never would have found it on my own.

Miranda, Original Traveller

Where to go



Japan may not feature high on everyone’s travel wish lists, but trust us – it should - and there's no better place to start exploring than Honshu, home of ultra-modern Tokyo and the ancient capital of Kyoto alongside volcanoes, zen gardens and snow monkeys, no less.

Where to stay

Aman Tokyo

Aman Tokyo

The super chic Aman brand makes its debut in one of the world’s global cities with the opening of Aman Tokyo. Occupying the top six floors of the recently-built Otemachi Tower this five star urban sanctuary sits high above the buzzing metropolis with predictably fantastic views.

Hoshinoya Kyoto

Hoshinoya Kyoto

Hoshinoya Kyoto ryokan (traditional inn) is located on the banks of the Ooigawa river in the scenic Arashiyama area on the outskirts of the fascinating city of Kyoto. Devoid of high rise buildings and with its beautiful Togetsukyo Bridge and Tenryuji Temple, this area of Kyoto is a real taste of the old capital.

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Occupying the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower, Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel is an elegant oasis of space and calm overlooking Tokyo and the Kanto Plain, all the way to – on a clear day - Mount Fuji. Located in the Shinjuku district, the hotel has easy access to downtown.

Iwaso Gardens, Honshu, Japan


Iwaso Ryokan (whose doors first opened in 1830) is situated in Momijidani Park and boasts the same craftsmanship and architecture of many of the islands historical shrines.

Palace Hotel Tokyo

Palace Hotel Tokyo

The Palace Hotel, so named because it overlooks the Imperial Palace gardens, was completely re-built for its 2012 grand opening.

Gora Kadan

Gora Kadan

Gora Kadan is a luxurious ryokan (traditional inn) located in the grounds of a former Imperial residence in the beautiful Hakone region south of Tokyo.

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

If style, service and skyline views are the requirements, the Mandarin Oriental is the answer. Guests check in on the 38th floor of the Mitsui Tower with panoramic views over the bustling shopping and business district of Nihonbashi.

The Peninsula Tokyo

The Peninsula Tokyo

The Peninsula Tokyo is a five star hotel near the Imperial Palace in the Marunouchi business district with great views across the Tokyo cityscape.

We felt like we were Original Travel's only clients - the service was completely personalised and all questions were answered instantly. They actively listened to our priorities and created a package that completely suited our needs. Throughout the process they will surprise you with their attentiveness and most importantly, they will not forget about you once you come back from holiday.

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