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How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon in Kyoto, Japan

by Joanna James 2 months ago in how to

Tips on Planning the Ultimate Honeymoon Getaway in Kyoto City

How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon in Kyoto, Japan
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Renowned for its breathtaking beauty and natural splendour, Kyoto is the ideal honeymoon hotspot for nature lovers and couples who truly want to get away from it all. Offering newlyweds a chance to enjoy a romantic and tranquil holiday together, planning the perfect honeymoon in Kyoto requires both research and forethought. Here are some tips on how to go about organising your dream couples' getaway in this dynamic Japanese city.

1. Time the Holiday

Couples who wish to make the most of their honeymoon experience in Kyoto should ideally time their holiday to coincide with the best weather conditions. While there is no such thing as a bad period to visit Kyoto, the perfect time to head to Kyoto is during the spring or autumn season. This is when it is neither too cold nor too warm in the city and tourists are also less frequent. Those who head to Kyoto in May can catch a glimpse of the cherry blossoms. May is another time of year when tourists are not crowding the streets of Kyoto so honeymooners can have the city all to themselves.

2. Read Up

As when planning any other vacation, it is important to read up on Kyoto and all it has to offer travellers. Online and offline travel publications can be invaluable in this regard, but couples need to ensure that the information is up-to-date and current so as not to be misled by outdated facts. Reading up on Kyoto can also help one narrow down what areas of the city are of interest to you as a couple as well as figure out how to spend the holiday in a more meaningful manner.

3. Create a Romantic Itinerary

There are certain Kyoto highlights that are ranked among the most romantic venues in the city and no honeymoon to this corner of Japan would be complete without spending time at these hallowed sites. Be sure to include the Kamo River in your travel itinerary as it is perfect for biking activities and long walks while the breathtaking Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the stunning views available from its vaulted location in the mountains must also be a part of your sightseeing tour. Other romantic spots worthy of a place in your daily tour itinerary include the scenic Nara Deer Park, which is located just 50 minutes away from the Kyoto Station.

4. Find the Perfect Rest

Selecting a romantic hotel or resort is the next step in the planning process. It will be the location in which you will be spending most of your time in Kyoto – so choose wisely. Park Hotel Kyoto and other similar Kyoto hotels are ideal for those who are looking for a convenient base while others may prefer to be deeper in the wilderness of the city's mountain landscapes. In addition to the creature comforts we all expect from a honeymoon hotel, couples should also explore the outdoor excursions and tour packages organised by the hotel as these can be great additions to an already engaging honeymoon itinerary.

5. Make Note of the Top Restaurants

Kyoto is home to some of Japan's top restaurants and these include seven Michelin star restaurants. Make note of the most charming eateries in town and make sure your dining list includes Hyotei, which serves up Japanese haute cuisine. Don't forget to hit street food hubs in Kyoto as this is where one can sample everything from green tea mochi to classic seafood tempura. One of the best street food hotspots in the city is located on the streets leading up to Kiyomizu-dera temple where one can also enjoy a warm cup of matcha green tea any time of the day.

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