(Closed) Honeymoon – Japan – Where to start???

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Ahh Japan is amazing! We got back in november. We organised our own flights, hotels, bought the JR rail passes and toured it ourself by train. It was surprisingly easy! Everywhere is signposted in english – even most of the tiny villages and alot of people speak english too. We did Tokyo then toured Gifu Prefecture (Magome, Kiso Valley, Tsumago and Shirikawa go) then went to Kyoto, down to Hiroshima, Miyajima and back up to Osaka, Nara and into the countryside to stay in Mt Koya. Everywhere was wonderful but this took us nearly a month. With one week you can afford to see the highlights. I would fly to Tokyo, spend a couple days there (one visiting Fuji 5 lakes) then go down to Kyoto for a couple days. If you wanted to you could shinkansen it to Hiroshima to see the peace park and spend an afternoon in Miyajima which is an island close to Hiroshima (ferry boat takes 10 mins). We went in October/ November and the weather was fantastic- in one month we only had 4 days of rain and none of those lasted all day. The leaves are amazing at that time of year too! Peak seasons tend to be Spring and Fall but we didnt find prices were any higher than normal. 

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I usually look up tour packages as a starting point of places to go to see what interest me.  Then reserach and modify from their itineary to make it my own.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did a study abroad in Toyohashi years ago. You’ll love Japan! Definitely Kyoto and I like Mt. Fuji. But so much is less about location and more about experiences. If it’s in season, go to sumo. Try a caligraphy class. Do a tea ceremony. Go to the public baths. And, eat all the crazy stuff you can find!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

which part of japan are you going to? i’m going to kyoto and osaka for my honeymoon and will be hauling my gown over to take wedding pictures with the cherry blossoms! (we didn’t do a prewedding/engagement shoot.) my hubs (I CAN SAY HUBS NOW!!) proposed in hakone and it was amazing, the ryokan was gora hanaougi, definitely worth the splurge! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

ADORE Japan. Kyoto and the surrounding areas are just beautiful, use Kyoto city as a base. There’s a great hike from Kurama to Kibune through forests. I started earlyish at 8 and it felt like I had the whole forest to myself… Cycling around Arashiyama, wandering around Nara… Oh, the Suntory distillery tour in Osaka is good too. now I want to plan a trip! 

I reckon practical advice I would have is:

if if you’re going to more than once place, you’re likely to be using their uber efficient rail system, however the Japan Rail Pass is not necessarily the most cost effective way to go; it really depends on your itinerary. They have regional passes that can be more useful and cheaper if you are likely to stay in one region for anything over a few days. There’s lots of info on the Internet and my head spun the first time, but it makes sense once you plan out your stops.

Hyperdia was the most useful train app but we also found Metro v useful ( but you need to download cities in advance)

Wifi can be a pain but necessary for train times etc. 7-11s are trusty as are Starbucks, if you’re in a city. Everything will need you to register.

Just re read your post and you didn’t ask for any of that, but as I typed it out I figured I’d hit send..

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Train is pretty much always cheaper, and they run so regularly and have space for luggage. I think we got like 2 taxis the whole time we were there and they were quite expensive, but obviously this depends on where you want to go from where. Town to town is quite far in Japan infact Tokyo’s size is almost double that of New York City. 

For lodging we used hotels.com and booking.com and to stay in a ryokan we used japaneseguesthouses.com. All are reliable. We generally stayed in toyoko inns which are like the days inn, travelodge standard. All were clean and comfortable, no problems. You can obviously get nicer hotels but we were on a budget and touring so we just wanted somewhere cheap and friendly. In Tokyo we stayed in the Grand Arc Hanzomon Hotel- it was a lovely hotel and our view overlooked the imperial palace gardens! Would recommend staying there. Most hotels are close to metro lines so getting around is really easy. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m soooo jealous of you! I went to Japan on my honeymoon and it was AMAZING.

We had two weeks and purchased a Japan Rail pass for the first week, when we explored Kyoto (3 nights), Hiroshima & Miyajima (2 nights in Hiroshima, ferry out to Miyajima for the day), and Osaka (1 night). Then we spent our second week in Tokyo. It was all just amazing. If you go to Osaka, you MUST go to Spa World. It’s like the Disneyland of spas. Kyoto also has some amazing markets–perfect for renting a bike & exploring. & the local bathhouses were fantastic. Gah, I want to go back!!

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