Japan is a unique and exciting place to spend Valentine's for a number of reasons. Aside from the fact that it is home to natural and cultivated beauty that has inspired emperors, poets, mystics and monks for centuries, Japan is also a great place to get a new spin on Western practices. In the case of Valentine's day, Japan turns things on its head by making it a day for women to pursue men without fear of breaching any taboos!
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Best Places to Spend Valentine's Day in Japan
There are a large number of places to have a one-of-a-kind Valentines in Japan. Here are some of our favorites.
1. Kinosaki Onsen
While hot springs are a getaway that offers something special all year round, many choose to get away to one for Valentine's Day. Kinosaki Onsen is something special indeed for couples. Located next to a willow-lined river, a visit to the charming old town nearby is like travelling back in time. Guests staying at the spring can take a nighttime stroll in traditional wooden clogs and enjoy the romantic lighting provided by the hundreds of lanterns. This spot also offers what's known as konyoku rotemburo, which translates roughly to open-air unisex bathing, allowing you and that special someone to take in the natural beauty of the area while you enjoy the warm waters.
While many prefer to forgo the ultra-modern vibe of the capital in favor of something more traditional, there is little doubt that Tokyo offers a myriad of opportunities for an exceptional Valentine's getaway. Favorites include taking a trip to the top of the Tokyo tower to stare out over the endless twinkling lights of the city. If the tower is too full, there are still a number of ways to achieve the same view, including the restaurants in the Sumitomo building, where you can also wine and dine your night away to a stunning backdrop. And there is the option to stay at dedicated 'love hotels' which offer a service and interior style that's all in the vein of Cupid!
If the hustle and bustle of the capital is too much, a Valentine's getaway to Miyajima is a great alternative. Filled with traditional streets and thick forests, it offers a sleepy vibe that is perfect for those looking to hideaway from it all and focus on each other. A stroll through the lush green of Momiji-dani-koen park with its contrasting bright red bridges is perfect as the sun sets, or you can get yourself in the mood with a feast of the local delicacy: oysters! Take a trip to the Great Torii at high tide and get inspired by the magic of the floating shrine.