09 Feb 2018 in Just Relax
In Japan for Valentine’s Day? Discover the best places to impress your other half!
Kyoto by boat or steam train
The western district of Arashiyama is Kyoto at its most timeless, enchanting and romantic. Rent a private boat and follow the Katsura river’s meanders into the forested hills of the secluded Hozugawa Canyon.
Or hop on board the Sagano Romantic Railway and discover the canyon’s natural beauty from the other-worldly charm of a steam train.
Sleep: HOSHINOYA Kyoto, where you can see the river from your room.
Okinawa’s island paradise
Picture yourself with your partner on a secluded beach, walking through soft white sand with warm water gently lapping over your feet!
Situated 400 miles from the mainland, the islands of sub-tropical Okinawa are the ultimate romantic getaway.
And what better shared experience than snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters?
Sleep: HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island, an idyll where the pace of life slows down.
If your brand of romance is urban, it’s hard to outdo Tokyo by night from the sky. Sweeping panoramas and dazzling city lights are a sure-fire way to spark romance.
The best vantage point?
Atop the 2080-ft high Tokyo Skytree or, for a special occasion, a private helicopter tour over the city.
Stay: HOSHINOYA Tokyo, where staff can book your charter helicopter.
Star gazing in Hokkaido
Hokkaido has the lowest population density of Japan, with mountains, volcanoes and lakes aplenty.
Which means light pollution is low – and star-gazing is mesmerizing. Take your date to Lake Mashu, where observation decks offer exceptional nighttime views. Or admire the stars from the warmth of a hot spring bath.