Soak in a private hot spring – Japan

Soak in a private hot spring – Japan

In Japan there’s a phrase, ‘hadaka no tsukiai’, which means ‘naked companionship’ – a friendship in which nothing is hidden

In Japan there's a phrase, 'hadaka no tsukiai', which means 'naked companionship' - a friendship in which nothing is hidden, as when people take a bath together. Not a bad basis for a happy marriage.  This saying stems from the country'sonsen(hot spring) culture. The Japanese love their onsen, and there's nothing quite like lazing in a steaming bath overlooking a Japanese garden, snowy mountains or the pounding ocean, enjoying nature as nature intended.

"Honeymooners can often experience onsen culture by staying in a ryokan(traditional inn)," says James Mundy ofInside Japan Tours (www.insidejapantours.com). "Some places have private cypress-wood baths indoors and outdoors, allowing you to slip out ofyukata robes and enjoy the ambience together."

Hakone National Park, in the shadow of Mt Fuji, is renowned for its hot springs and has a number
of beautiful ryokan where honeymooners can experience private onsen. Or, adds James, "head to the remote Noto Peninsula and the secluded Lamp no Yado hotel (www.lampnoyado.co.jp), where your private terrace onsen seems to seep straight into the Sea of Japan."

For the complete Japanese bathing experience, head to the rural town of Kinosaki Onsen on the Tango Peninsula: don yukata to stroll along the old streets from onsen to onsen, sampling the subtle differences of the waters along the way.

Other 'onsen'

TOP TIP

Leave the swimming costume at home: the Japanese bathe in the buff - you will only attract attention if
you're not naked!

More like this

Put your hearts into something – Worldwide
Put your hearts into something – Worldwide

There's a growing trend for more meaningful-moons: spending your break volunteering for a local charity

Read More

Sleep in a four-poster – Kenya
Sleep in a four-poster – Kenya

The Star Beds at Loisaba Wilderness may be the best night’s sleep you never have

Read More

Ride the rails – Worldwide
Ride the rails – Worldwide

Forget the morning commute: the romance of the rails is alive and well, and is the perfect way to watch the world go by

Read More

Honeymoon Finder

Looking for your perfect honeymoon? Try our honeymoon finder and search some of the best tour operators available.

Honeymoon Finder
Honeymoon
offers
Save on Bob Books
Save on Bob Books

Unique Honeymoons readers can get 10% off Bob Books photobooks

Twitter bird
CONNECT WITH
UNIQUE
HONEYMOONS
Get Honeymoons in your inbox

Unique Honeymoon Ideas sends out regular email newsletters – be the first to know about web exclusives, competitions, hot offers and travel jobs. Register today!