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Japan

Honeymooning in Japan: opposites attract!

Japan is a distinctive honeymoon destination, as it allows you to enjoy the heavenly natural surroundings you want for a honeymoon, whilst being immersed in an urban modern culture where many traditions are still perpetuated… An ideal place to start your life as a couple by reminding you that the contrasts in a city, or in a couple, make life more exciting!

Modern natural Japan

It is highly likely that you will come face to face with Tokyo when you arrive in Japan, and that is perfect: this enormous capital city with its population of 13 million and lively neighbourhoods will immerse you in the exciting atmosphere of the country. Walk through the working-class neighbourhoods (Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku), visit a typical market in Tsukiji, the temples or Tokyo Tower, see a sumo wrestling match or walk in the mountains surrounding the city. You decide! When you go to the must-see destinationof Mount Fuji, just an hour or two from Tokyo by train, you will understand thatoppositesattract... Indeed, in this area of the Five Lakes you will find peace of mind and serenity whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery. A striking contrast To discover more magical places away from the city and its surroundings, the Okinawa islands, floating in the Pacific Ocean provide a magnificent panorama with their heavenly beaches.

Traditional Japan!

After this visit to the heart of modern day Japan, what better than to head inthe opposite directiontoreturntothe roots of Japan... Japan is not short of traditional places which are worth a visit. To "find yourself" (and switch off the city wifi), go to the heart of spiritual Japan, south east of Osaka to the Kii Mountains, on Mount Koya (or Koyasan), the birthplace of buddhism, where there are more than a hundred buddhist temples.. The cemetery of 200,000 tombs is a place for a beautiful walk and also allows you to experience the life of the monks by sleepinginatemplewhichdraws inthecurious minds. Similarly, the sacred island of Miyajima will enchant you with its temples and sanctuaries, where all aspects of life are celebrated.

Miyajima island

Depending on where you find yourself, you can also go back nearer in time by visiting Japanese castles like that of Nijo in Kyoto or the one in the city of Osaka. To finish on a high, you must try sake, a rice alcohol, after an "onsen" the famous Japanese hot springs, an ideal way to relax amidst the contrasts of Japan.

Ségolène Renoud-Lyat
Updated 12 May 2016
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