With it’s dazzling mix of all things traditional and modern, Tokyo has plenty to offer honeymooners or couples in search of a unique getaway.
Whether you love to spend time in lush green natural spaces, or can’t get enough of the vibrancy of shopping districts and fashionable bars, Tokyo has something for you and your significant other. We’ve put together some of Tokyo’s highlights to get some inspiration for your own romantic lovers’ escape.
Wander through the peaceful gardens
There’s nothing like a romantic stroll in the company of your loved one and Tokyo provides plenty of opportunities for this. Beautiful gardens are dotted throughout the city, filled with ponds, lovely trees, flowers and traditional Japanese adornments. Stop in at a tea house for a refreshment or bring a picnic with you and wind your way through the garden paths at your own pace.
You’ll also get to see the art of bonsai which Japan pioneered. This involves growing dwarf trees or other plants in small containers, and you’ll be able to see these up close throughout Tokyo’s gardens. Try Showakinen Park for the opportunity to cycle and even boat around.
Then there’s the Hama-rikyu Gardens, which features a tidal pond and even duck hunting grounds. The Kyu Shiba-rikyu Gardens are another option, one of Japan’s remaining feudal lord gardens with a beautifully designed central pond.
The Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens are also a spectacular sight and a great place to find solace in the big city. Another advantage of the gardens is they change dramatically through the seasons, so there’s always something new and unique to witness.
Fun in the water
If you head to Tokyo in the summer, the city’s beach and water-based activities will give you and your loved one some much-needed respite from the scorching sun. Head to Odaiba Beach, a beautiful man-made spot that allows you that tropical beach experience right in the centre of a bustling metropolis. There are often fun community events, but the opportunity to simply laze by the beachside is often all it takes to enchant honeymooning couples!
You could even head to Toshimaen or Yomiuri Land – extremely entertaining water parks where you and your other half will have a ball all day long. Water slides, rivers, and other great features will go a long way in creating some hilarious memories!
Onsen or hot springs
Alternatively, when there’s a winter chill in the air, you might like to head to some hot springs. Tokyo embraces the hot spring culture, so there are many destinations to choose from. Whether you’d like a mid-city, open air bath with a view, or you’d like to journey to a more remote spring surrounded by nature, you’ve got plenty of options.
Try the Okutama hot springs surrounded by rivers and trees. Or, you could head to the Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari natural hot spring theme park, located near Tokyo Bay. Here there are 14 types of baths, both indoor and outdoor, offering a range of different experiences. Get a relaxing massage, head into a hot stone sauna and spend part of your getaway replenishing your body and mind.
Shopping, dining and nightlife
Tokyo is of course, a dazzling and glittering city. If you and your loved one like getting out and about to experience the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of lively districts for you to explore. Try a rooftop bar that offers plenty of spectacular views, or indulge yourselves with a shop-til-you-drop excursion to a mall or famous shopping street.
While you’re in town, it’s also an absolute must to try some of the local delicacies on offer. You need to get a true taste of the city, after all. Luckily for you, Tokyo also has plenty ofluxury accommodationso no matter what holiday activities you choose, you’ll always have a beautiful hotel to return to at the end of the day.
Couples will love: The Deluxe Corner Room at The Peninsula Tokyo. The view from the Deluxe Corner Room is to be seen to believed; designer Yukio Hashimoto has incorporated the stunning views of the Marunouchi and Ginza districts in to the modern and refined interiors.
Must see: The Kanda Matsuri festival takes place on the weekend closest to May 15th and involves over 100 portable shrines, floats and over 300 people marching through the streets of Tokyo. The festival is biggest on years ending in odd numbers so 2015 is ideal!
Must do: Visit a Bunraku or Kabuki show. Bunraku is a traditional puppet show in Japan, dating back centuries where several puppeteers control each puppet without strings to create a very animated and lifelike display. Kabuki is the traditional Japanese form of theatre with eccentric costumes and movements, it’s not to be missed.
Season guide: In April, Japan’s infamous cherry blossoms are in full bloom in most regions, creating a spectacular and romantic display for couples to enjoy. November is also considered a good time to visit Japan as the climate is dry and mostly sunny, with the change in season painting the country in autumnal hues.
Temperatures: Summer: June to August, 19-31 degrees celsius. Autumn: September to November, 10-27 degrees celsius. Winter: December to February, 2-10 degrees celsius. Spring: March to May, 5-23 degrees celsius.