5 Romantic Places In Japan For Valentine's Day | CoolJapan


Whether you and your partner bond over good food, or prefer celebrating your love exploring the great outdoors, when in Japan, you have a lot of options on where to celebrate your love for each other. Here are five romantic places in Japan that you can visit with your sweetheart this coming Valentine's Day.


If you are adventure seekers, visit Kumano Kodo




Seal your bond on this pilgrimage through the heart of rural Japan. Walk the trails that ancient pilgrims traversed for hundreds of years at the Kumano Kodo. Recognised by UNESCO World Heritage among “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes”, it has six main routes that can take you across the southern Kansai region. The most challenging of the general mountain hiking routes is the Kohechi route, which is characterised by steep, remote trails that crosses three passes of over 1,000-metre elevation for a distance of 70 km.


If you love water sports, visit Ogasawara Islands



Spread out in the middle of the ocean about 1,000 km south of Tokyo is an archipelago known as the Ogasawara Islands, which is composed of about 30 islands of varying sizes. The dive sites in this area attract underwater lovers with pristine waters teeming with marine life. The most famous of the islands is Chichijima, often known as the Galapagos Islands of Asia. Its stunning coral reefs and wide variety of marine life, including bottlenose dolphins, sand-tiger sharks and manta rays are a sight to behold.


If you are foodies, visit Hakodate



While every region of Japan boasts its own speciality cuisine, it’s hard to beat Hokkaido. Surrounded by cold waters, the country’s northernmost prefecture is the perfect breeding ground for fish and seafood. Hakodate, which is the third-largest city in the prefecture, is especially known for its wealth of fresh seafood — from scallops and squids to crabs and uni (sea urchin). Rise early for a gourmet date at the morning market and then eat your way through the city’s various famous dishes like their salt-based ramen, seafood rice bowl and cheese tarts made with fresh, creamy milk. If you're a couple who bonds over good food, then this spot would be one of the romantic places in Japan that you should put on your itinerary.


If you are history buffs, visit Kyoto



As the ancient capital of Japan, this storied city offers up a history lesson at every corner. Because the city is compact and mostly flat, you and your partner can easily get a lay of the land on foot. Some popular historical attractions include the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the spellbinding Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a cliffside structure founded in 780. Definitely not the most typical romantic place in Japan, but if you're a pair of history buffs, this is a must-visit!

If you are city slickers, visit Tokyo




There can’t be a list of romantic places in Japan without including the country’s capital in the lineup. Home to 13.9 million residents, Tokyo is the world’s most populated city and is thrumming with energy from day to night. In this city that never sleeps, you can have your fill of all of the above — from historic palaces to scenic walking trails, Tokyo is ripe for exploration. And then, there’s the food. With over 160,000 restaurants packed in the sprawl of the city — and more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in the world — you and your sweetheart will be completely spoilt for choice.


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