An all-time favourite getaway for many, Japan is an all-year-round holiday destination offering a myriad of activities in each season. Stunning natural beauty, soothing hot springs, beautiful, well-preserved historic towns, and an array of world-class food all help to make Japan the ideal place for a truly memorable romantic getaway.
Walk around in a kimono
The kimono, Japan’s traditional and national dress, is like a work of art. It is traditionally made of silk, though nowadays polyester is also used. Making a luxurious kimono with intricate designs involves complicated production methods and one can cost millions of yen. Japanese people mostly wear kimonos during special occasions such as weddings, tea ceremonies, and formal traditional events, but they are also popular among both local and foreign tourists, to wear as they walk around a charming historic setting such as Gion, Kyoto’s most famous entertainment district and centre of traditional arts. There are a number of kimono rental shops which offer a wide range of kimonos—from an affordable, basic set to more intricate styles – and outdoor photograph sessions.
Capture the best shot of Fuji
Japan’s most iconic landmark, Mount Fuji is a magnificent natural wonder. The perfectly symmetric, solitary volcano displays its different moods depending on the light and the perspective from which it is viewed—the white snow-capped peak turning pink and red at sunrise and sunset with a moment of blazing sun over the top, the upside-down reflection in the mirroring lake, for example.
There are numerous spots to view Mount Fuji. The Fuji Five Lake region is one of the best places for a good view because of its proximity. Hakone is another popular spot offering a magnificent view of Mount Fuji, despite notoriously poor visibility. Miura Peninsula is famous for boasting a view of Mount Fuji from the beach. If you are an adventurous couple, hike up some mountains such as Mitsutoge, and Akadake for unique and spectacular 360-degree vistas.
Visit love shrines
There are estimated to be around 80,000 shrines in Japan, some of which are renowned as places to pray for blessings in your love life and marriage. Imado Shrine in Asakusa, Tokyo, is one of the most popular, as well as one of the most favoured wedding venues among couples, as it is dedicated to a deity couple in a Japanese creation myth. Another famous place in the heart of Tokyo is Daijingu Shrine in Chiyoda, one of Tokyo’s top five shrines.
It is dedicated to love blessings and is believed to be the birthplace of the Shinto wedding ceremony. If you are travelling in Kyoto, your best bet for blessings is the central Yasaka Shrine in Gion, home to Okuninushi no Mikoto, the deity of romance. There are also many other shrines to pray for love and a strong relationship, such as Kasugataisha Shrine in Nara, Shitennoji in Osaka, Ikuta Shrine in Kobe, and Hakone Shrine in Hakone.
After a full day of walking and sightseeing, there is nothing more relaxing than dipping oneself in a hot spring bath. Beneficial both physically and mentally, the natural hot spring in each resort has different healing qualities, according to the region and minerals contained in the water. There are a large number of resorts and ryokan (Japanese style inn) nationwide, with private open-air hot spring baths to create a wonderful moment for the body, mind and soul of you and your loved one. The hot spring resorts in each spa town are usually conveniently close together, so it’s easy to sample them all!
Indulge in kaiseki
In most ryokan, after a session of body and mind relaxation in the onsen, kaiseki ryori is served. Analogous to Western haute cuisine, kaiseki ryori, (kaiseki) is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner which involves a variety of culinary skills and ‘mukimono’, food art or techniques of food presentation in which the creation is principally based on maintaining balances of taste, texture, appearance and colour. Local and seasonal ingredients are mostly highlighted in a kaiseki meal. The prescribed set menu includes sakizuke (appetizer served with sake), nimono (simmered dish), mukozuke (sashimi dish), hassun (expression of the season), yakimono (grilled course), and finally, shokuji (rice dish). Aside from the visual attractiveness of the food, the aesthetics of the tableware and dining room are also taken into account. Kaiseki is sure to make your romantic getaway an unforgettable experience.
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