What do for a romantic getaway, honeymoon in Kyoto, Japan

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Romantic Things to Do in Kyoto, Japan

Are you taking a romantic getaway in Kyoto, Japan?  Taking a honeymoon in Kyoto?  Going to Kyoto for Valentine’s Day?  Kyoto, Japan is the perfect place for a romantic holiday.  There is, after all, a certain romance in the sights & scenery of traditional Japan.

But if you are going to Kyoto for your romantic travels, you can make your trip even better by enjoying one of these seven romantic excursions. They would be perfect for a date on a romantic trip.

1. Romantic Train Ride

What could be a more romantic way to see Kyoto than an old fashioned train ride?  You can enjoy a ride on an old engine train, the Sagano Scenic Railway, It runs along the Hozugawa River and you get a romantic view of the mountainside at Arashiyama and forests.  You’ll also get to experience the tranquil beauty of the Kiyomizudera Temple.  This is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  You and your love can also walk up along the world-famous path of Fushimi Inari-taisha with its tunnel of torii.  Click here for more details.

2. Hozugawa River Boat Ride Experience in Kyoto

There is something so romantic about being on the water.  And you can relax on the water while skilled boatmen navigate you through the waters on the Hozugawa River Boat Ride Experience in Kyoto.  You can take in nature while enjoying time with your love.

3. Kyoto Higashiyama Rickshaw Tour

Couple up next to your love on a romantic rickshaw ride in the old Gion district!  You’ll get to see historic streets and townhouses of Kyoto’s best-preserved district, Higashiyama.  You’ll even get to learn about the area from your guide.  It is a great way to see the area, learn a lot, and even get romance in at the same time!  Click here to book a rickshaw tour.

4. Kyoto Helicopter Cruising Tour

Another fun way to see Kyoto in a romantic, intimate setting is with this Kyoto Helicopter Cruising Tour.  You can cuddle with your partner and see all the top Kyoto landmarks like:

  • Kyoto Station
  • Kiyomizu-dera
  • Nijo Castle
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Yasaka Shrine
  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Higashi Honganji Temple
  • Nishi Honganji Temple
  • Toji Temple
  • Fushimi Castle

5. Gion By Night With Candle-Lit Tea Ceremony

Another unique couples’ experience would be the Gion By Night with a Candle-Lit Tea Ceremony.

The evening starts with a stroll around the Gion Historical Preservation District.  You’ll head to the Yoshi-ima Ryokan from Gion Corner.  You’ll see many old ochayas, which are Japanese-style teahouses providing meals and performances with maiko girls & geiko women.

You and your love will get enjoy an exclusive private evening tea ceremony under candlelight at Kurenaitei, Yoshi-ima Ryokan’s tea ceremony room.  The private ceremony under candlelight makes this a great choice for a romantic excursion.

Oh, and did I mention you get a Zen-style supper?  That means you will get a well-balanced dietetic meal.  You get to have Buddhist vegetarian cuisine (or Shojin-ryori) for supper.   Ingredients include tofu, namafu wheat gluten, miso soup, rice, and in-season vegetables.  These vegetables include lotus root, eggplants, ginger, and shiitake mushroom.

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6. Kyoto Hidden Gardens Walking Tour

What could be more romantic than walking through beautiful gardens with your love?  The Kyoto Hidden Gardens Walking Tour gives you and your romantic partner a chance to do just that!  You will get to discover Kyoto’s pristine zen gardens with a local, expert guide.  You also get to explore 300-year-old temples in the Nanzen-ji complex.  While you are there, you will learn about their history & customs while enjoying the temples’ peaceful and serene atmosphere.  This should be an unforgettable experience that will be wonderful to share with your love!

7. Kyoto Private Outdoor Photoshoot

Want to capture your time in Kyoto?  Looking for romantic pictures with your partner for your social media feed or office that are very unique?  You can get that on this Kyoto Romantic Private Outdoor Photoshoot.  A local photographer will guide you around the city, guiding you to the most romantic Kyoto spots.  You’ll even get help arranging your kimonos in collaboration with a local shop, so you’ll get very unique and Japanese photos of you and your partner. You even get high-resolution, edited photos as a souvenir within 48 hours of your experience.