(Closed) Change of honeymoon plans from Italy to Japan!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Not honeymoon but business trip…I have never loved a place more. It’s on my top 5 list of places to revisit ! I have been lucky enough to travel a lot and Japan is amazing. 

The food …OMG insane if you have a sweet tooth ? Good luck not gaining 20.  Try their famous “banana” looking Twinkie thing OMGGG and kitkats…save room in your luggage for KitKats. Their fashion, culture, customs etc are just beautiful to take in. 

Also everyone is so beautiful, they take a lot of pride in their appearance. The trains are full of supermodels who are dressed to impress. Oh and the trains get super packed btw..but transportation is easy.

eat everything go everywhere and get used to pork and eggs lol…and karaoke !!!! 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I have family in Japan (my entire mom’s side now) and we went there once to visit family. They usually visit us, but my aunty’s sick. The vending machines are GREAT. The trains are great (but I’m from Hawaii and we just don’t have trains). 

We went to a bunch of cool family places, but since my family all lives there and had to work, we mostly stayed near their homes in Osaka. The city is very cool! We fed deer in Nara, went to this monkey island, and stayed at a hot spring! We did more things, but I honestly can’t remember much because it was years ago.

Japan is great though! You’ll have fun!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I see Italy as a honeymoon location way more than Japan. I also think it’s silly to change your plans due to terrorism- it’s not like you wanted to go to Syria… it’s Italy. But I realize that I travel far more than most people, so am not as worried about the warnings, as they’re just part of life.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My Fiance and I spent 3 weeks in Japan last year, we both love traveling and been lucky enough to be able to visit many countries, and I have to say Japan has been the most amazing trip of my whole life and Fiance loved it as much. Even though there are still many places we have yet to see, I find myself yearning for Japan so often that I’d go back again in a heartbeat rather than visiting a new place!

We flew in to Tokyo where we spent 4 days, and then 2 days in each one of the following locations: Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go (super pintoresque village in the Japanese alps), Takayama (really cute little town), Kyoto (we should’ve spent at lest 4 days there though!), Himeji, Hiroshima (really emotional visit to the Memorial museum but a must do, the city itself is very young and vibrant), Mayijima (breathaking, this is where the Grand Tori is), Naoshima (‘artsy’ island, super cool if you are into modern art), Kobe (omg KOBE beef) and Osaka, in that order. And we flew out of Osaka (which I found kind of meh compared to all the other places).

I think Europe is nice too but easier to visit any time… also Japan can be very romantic in its own way! Soooo many beautiful gardens and parks, lovely restaurants and places to explore. I loved cycling around the Naoshima island with my sweetie, just the two of us, having our picnics at the many lovely parks and gardens, going for a romantic stroll at night next to the river in Kyoto and walking around the Geisha districts… wish I was there right now!

Reg. food you don’t really eat from the vending machine 🙂 the Vending machine is only selling the ‘tickets’ for each food and then you go inside the place and hand over your ticket to the cook and he will cook whatever you chose, this is just so they won’t have to handle money 🙂 We had the most amazing ramen in one of those vending machine ramen kind of place in the middle of Shibuya in Tokyo. 

I’m trying to convince my Fiance to go back to Japan for our honeymoon but we don’t have enough time this year so we will have to settle for a mini-moon in Italy, we are having a destination wedding in Vienna so we just plan to spend a couple of days in Tuscany to decompress after we send our family and friends back to their countries, lol.

I highly recommend visiting Japan, can’t say enough good things about he place and probably I am too biased because I just loved it. 

Feel free to ask me anything. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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skplue:  I understand one shouldn’t fear traveling the world due to terrorism, but I also understand where OP is coming from.  To say that it’s “Italy” and not “Syria” is moot considering that Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium were also recently targetted.  

Anyway, OP, 

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jolie2:  Japan is a beautiful place to visit!  A lot of their menus have pictures, too, and I had google translate always ready on my phone, and when I couldn’t say a word, I just showed the translation to the people there. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Definitely! You can follow a very similar itinerary to what we did, just skip the Japanese Alps part (Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go and Takayama) and after Tokyo and Kyoto go straight to Okayama and finish at Osaka (don’t miss Kobe which is very nearby and has a lovely botanical garden!). Fuji you can do while you’re based at Tokyo, but be aware that sometimes Mt. Fuji is not visible because it tends to be rather cloudy in that area. We decided to just skip it for that reason. I’m sooooo excited for you and a bit jealous, lol. You will love it love it love it. Japan is like no other place I’ver visited and I can’t wait to go back. Also lovealways is right about the matcha kitkats, yuo can get them at the airport on your way back, I think they make wonderful souvenirs!

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Estates of Sunnybrook - McLean House

 

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jolie2:  When I went for leisure I went to Tokyo and Kyoto. You should definitely go to the onsens (hot springs), the Tsukiji Fish market if it is still there when you go. There are tons of beautiful places to go there: Bamboo forest, flower fields, zen gardens, sakuras, and so on! Also food there is amazing and yes you can eat the food from the vending machines 😛 You should check out tripadvisor for the must-sees.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Commenting to follow. 

Just booked a trip for our first anniversary to Tokyo and Tokyo Disneyworld/DisneySea. 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

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starrynight898:  That was me who said that, but my point was more that these are small targeted events in Europe- not like going into a war zone like Syria. Honestly, you have just as much a chance of being in a ‘smaller’ attack here as you do in Europe. 

The odds of anyone being in the right city, on the right date, in close enough proximity to be affected are tiny. Not something I would re-book my honeymoon over. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I went on honeymoon to Japan last year in October. It was amazing! And there are definitely plenty of options for less hectic and romantic. I would definitely recommend finding a place with a private outdoor onsen (hot spring). We stayed in a place with one in the Japanese Alps and it was incredible. It is also possible to go down to the Okinawa islands and chill out a bit, but we had a lot of wind last year in October, so I’d confirm what it’s like in September first. I’d also recommend not trying to fit too much into your trip so that you can relax a little more. Enjoy it!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Hello, 

just  pipe in as I live in Tokyo. 10 days will have you cramming a lot into your trip. Kyoto needs atleast 3 days Osaka about 2, Tokyo, well, I’ve lived here for 4 years and I’m still fminding new things to do.

okayama however may be a bit of a pain to get to and once you’ve seen the denim? You’ll be like, hmm now what? Also it’s pretty country side so not many preople  English.

have you considered hiroshima? It is a beautiful city! obv here is the peace park, but also a  island you can get to by ferry, famous for  big red tori gate  the sea. Wonderful day trip easy to get to by bullet train.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

i didn’t read all of the posts so I don’t know if anyone has said this yet but DEFINATELY get the Japan rain pass. It will save you HEAPS on bullet trains. 

 

Tokyo  has so many treasures though you will love it! 

Sunshine city in ikebukuro has restaurants on the 57th floor, very posh and very reasonable, amazing views. Nowhere near as overrated as Shinjuku.

mt Fuji- climbing? If yes it takes  full day and you will be so dead the next day, so bear that in mind. September weather is also very rainy, beginning of typhoo season. 

in kyoto  can get a photo deal where you dress as a geisha and walk around having your pics taken, my mum loved that. If it’s your thing, men can also dress as samurai, lol.

Osaka  cool for walking around and people watching Universal studios has gotten so popular since harry potter world opened it is packed every day, so Id keep that in mind.

japan is amazing though. You’d have the best time, I’m still loving it after 8 years!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Posting to follow because Japan is one of my dream destinations! DH wants to go, too, but I don’t know if our budget will ever allow it. Someday…

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