Japanese Honeymoon Basics

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Not only is Japan full of beautiful beaches, bustling cities, and lovely countryside, it also boasts a culture rich in arts, cuisine, and entertainment. Here's where to go, what to do and what not to miss.

Tokyo

For an urban excursion chock-full of natural and historical attractions, visit one of the largest cities in the world: Tokyo. Tour the 1964 Olympic Stadium, plan an excursion to the nearby Izu Islands, or, if you're up for a real adventure, take a 25-hour ship ride from Tokyo Bay to the Bonin Islands (known in Japan as the Ogasawara Islands). The ship Ogasawara Maru only travels to the Bonin Islands four to six times each month, so visit here for scheduling information.

What's the weather like?
Tokyo lies in the subtropical climate zone, with hot, humid summers and generally mild winters. August is the hottest month (with temperatures reaching the high 80s) and January is the coolest (average temperature is between 30 and 40 degrees).

How do I get there?
Take a 14-hour flight from New York City, or a 9 1/2-hour one from Los Angeles.

Okinawa Island

This sparsely populated and uber-romantic island at Japan's southern tip is a great option if you're looking for a quiet honeymoon spot. But don't let the tranquil setting fool you; there's plenty to do and see. Spend several days traipsing through the tropics or take advantage of the gorgeous coastline of Okinawa's three popular beaches, Moon, Manza, and Okuma (open April through October). Go snorkeling, taste the fresh seafood, and snap photos of the sunset from Monza-mou, a famous cliff on the coral reef.

What's the weather like?
Okinawa is in the subtropical climate zone, so expect temperate weather no matter when you go. The average is a mild 72 degrees, and it never dips below 50 degrees, even in the depths of winter.

How do I get there?
Fly to Tokyo, and then hop on a short 2-and-a-half-hour flight from there.

Kyoto

This former capital of Japan is famous for its temples and shrines. Another cultural attraction? Kyoto is the only city where you can find maiko, or apprentice geishas, famous for their incredible dance performances. Visit one of the four geisha districts, Gion-kobu, Pontocho, Miyagawa-cho, and Kamishichiken, to see one of their public shows put on every spring and fall.

What's the weather like?
The temperatures in Kyoto have a fairly broad range. In the winter months, snow is common, and the thermometer often drops a bit below freezing. In the summer, however, temperatures can climb close to 100 degrees.

How do I get there?

Take the 2- to 3-hour Shinkansen train ride from Tokyo to see the sights along the way.

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