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Planning A Wedding Anniversary Trip – 10 Reasons Why Japan Should Be On Your List

Planning a wedding anniversary trip

Wedding anniversaries are for celebrating, so make the most of notching another year onto your marriage and plan a trip abroad! Don’t settle for any run-of-the-mill destination. Set your sights on somewhere far out, somewhere off the beaten track, somewhere Oriental, somewhere like Japan. Here are 10 reasons why the Land of the Rising Sun is a must-visit for anniversaries.

1. Mount Fuji’s Nearby Spas

Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji

Japan’s Mount Fuji is among the most tranquil sights in the world. Take your relaxing trip to Japan to another level, book into an indoor or outdoor spa and gaze over its snowy peaks.

2. Tokyo’s Sky Bars

Tokyo's sky bars

Tokyo’s sky bars

The capital comes alive at night. Skyscrapers illuminate across the bay in shades of neon blue, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than from a rooftop bar.

3. Boating On The Chidorigafuchi Moat

Chidorigafuchi Moat

Boating on the Chidorigafuchi moat

The Imperial Castle’s Chidorigafuchi moat is perfect for a spot of rowing. Time your visit with cherry blossom season, which usually falls between March and April, for a vibrant coloured day out you’ll cherish forever.

4. Cruising Osaka Bay On The Santa Maria

 Cruising Osaka Bay on the Santa Maria 

Cruising Osaka Bay on the Santa Maria

Spend a few hours exploring the waters surrounding Osaka on a replica of the Santa Maria, the ship Columbus sailed on his famed expedition.

5. Nonomiya Shrine In Kyoto

Nonomiya Shrine

The Nonomiya shrine

You don’t get more romantic than Nonomiya Shrine. It’s right in the middle of the Sagano Bamboo Forest, said to be home to the deity Nonomiya Daikokuten – a god of good match and marriage. Apt, huh?

6. Bath In An Onsen

Bath in an onsen

Bath in an onsen

Onsen water is geothermally heated below the ground and comprises minerals that are beneficial for your skin, circulation and health in general. These baths are communal, but that’s not to say you can’t unwind and let the components take you to a far off place.

7. Stroll Along Kyoto’s Kamo River

Kamo River

Stroll along Kyoto’s Kamo River

Wait ’till dusk and head out along the dusty riverside paths in Kyoto. There’s plenty of serene spots under cherry blossom trees to indulge in a picnic. Either that or take a chance to rest your legs and soak up the river’s charms.

8. Walk Through The Kamikochi Valley

Walk through the Kamikochi Valley 

Walk through Kamikochi Valley

Driving distance from Takayama, Kamimochi is an enthralling blend of forestry, mountains, and freshwater rivers. Escape from the bustling cities for a few hours of world-class views and invigorating alpine air.

9. Uncover Bamboo Forests

Uncover Bamboo Forests

Bamboo Forests

There’s a reason why this is widely renowned as being one of the world’s most beautiful forests. Tilt your head to look up at row upon row of bamboo canes, casting a green glow across the many trails littered throughout.

10. Discover Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

As one of Japan’s flagship historic castles, Matsumoto Castle is an important part of the country’s heritage. The black exterior might not scream romance, but take the time to explore and you’ll soon see that its real allure lie deep within.
Ready to uncover a more romantic side to Japan? Aside from the obvious scenic benefits, the country has a whole host of balmy attractions ideal for celebrating another year with your beloved. Take the celebrations up a notch and go east.


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  • Katie Featherstone
    July 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I´ve actually not thought too much about Japan, but you´ve made a pretty convincing argument! It sounds beautiful.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      July 30, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Japan is not often the first place that comes to mind when you think of a romantic break but there are many beautiful places.

  • Marion Halliday (Red Nomad OZ)
    July 30, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Spas, Onsen and walking through Bamboo Forests all sound like things I’d like to do – even without a partner in tow!! And even though counting to 10 is almost all that remains of the schoolgirl Japanese I learned, I’m sure that’d come in handy – especially in the Sky Bars!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      July 30, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Yes, you’re right. These can be enjoyed on your own or with friends. Counting to 10 in Japanese, that’s more than we can do!

  • Aleah | SolitaryWanderer
    July 30, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I’ve been to Japan once and really loved it. I’ve only been in Kansai Region though so I hope do manage to go back and explore Tokyo and other cities.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      July 30, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Was it Kyoto you stayed when you were in the Kansai region.

  • Holly
    July 31, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    The Bamboo Forest looks pretty awesome. I would love to walk through there.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 1, 2017 at 9:12 am

      The forest is impressive.

  • Shruti Prabhu
    August 1, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Japan is on our bucket list! The Kamikochi Valley and the Bamboo Forest both look stunning.I would love to visit during the cherry blossom season, but I’ve heard it’s pretty crowded.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 1, 2017 at 9:12 am

      You can forget about the peaceful countryside when you think of Japan.

  • RaW | Ramble and Wander
    August 1, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Haven’t been to Japan although have been thinking about it. Thanks to your list, anniversary or not, I’d now consider trying out a spa with Mt Fuji view as well as rowing on the Chidorigafuchi moat. 🙂

  • Nathan
    August 1, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Great photos! I’ve never been to Japan but I’d love to go. This post really makes me want to visit.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 5, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Hope you get there soon

  • Fiona Maclean
    August 1, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Ten great reasons! But, my Japanese hairdresser tells me there are plenty of quiet places in Japan too?

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 5, 2017 at 8:52 am

      You tend to think of the busy cities but there are some very tranquil places.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    August 2, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Japan is indeed a great place to head out to for a celebration of togetherness. There are so many things to see and experience. What I love about Japan, is that it is a country where nature, culture, history all merge seamlessly into a mosaic of intricate experiences.

  • Megan Jerrard
    August 6, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Bathing in an onsen is high on my bucketlist, so I was glad to see it made yours too! As is visiting a bamboo forest – I’ve seen such dreamy photos of couples walking under the beautiful bamboo with light streaking through, and it would make a great photo shoot for a wedding anniversary! Congrats on yours!