The Best Honeymoon Hotels in Japan With Spas

Soak up a private couples session in the onsen baths at The Ritz-Carlton Nikko.

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When planning a honeymoon in Japan, you can add an indulgent and sensual element to your romantic escape by booking a hotel with a top-notch spa. Whether you’re dissipating the high energy of an action-packed city break, unwinding after immersing yourself in the local culture, or soothing tired muscles following some snowy fun on the slopes, these beautiful hotels offer full-service spas that you can enjoy with your partner—or all by yourself if you need a bit of me time. On our list, you’ll find spas with Japanese cedar aromatherapy, shiatsu, stunning scenery, and Japan’s famous natural hot springs (onsen), all enhanced by the country’s unparalleled hospitality.

The Best Honeymoon Hotels in Japan With Spas

Best Overall : The Ritz-Carlton Nikko


Onsen spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko, Japan
Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton
Why We Chose It

The Ritz-Carlton Nikko has created an exclusive escape in a serene location with deep history and otherworldly scenery.

Notable Amenities

Complimentary nature excursions, monk-led meditation sessions, excellent sake and spirit selection

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Unimpeachable service

  • Stunning views

  • Local craftsmanship throughout

Cons
  • Expensive

  • Remote location

Hotel Overview

Lake Chuzenji in Tochigi Prefecture has historically been a retreat for European expats, and several diplomatic residences still line its shores. The Ritz-Carlton Nikko has created a romantic hideaway after that idea, in a region known for its exquisite nature, strong artisan culture, and sincere Shinto tradition. The lake scenery is a major draw, and views during the fall foliage and winter seasons are especially fetching.

The staff goes above and beyond to give guests a special experience, whether that’s remembering a food preference or helping to source the perfect souvenir. Book a private couples session in the spa’s open-air hot spring baths to soften your skin before a treatment; try the Sake Revive & Renew, which uses local organic sake products to tone and nourish your skin. In the morning, order the room-service breakfast bento box, a feast for all the senses, best enjoyed in a lush robe while staring out the panoramic windows.

Best Beachfront : Halekulani Okinawa


Lobby at the Halekulani Okinawa, voted one of the best hotels in the world
Courtesy of Halekulani Okinawa
Why We Chose It

Halekulani Okinawa combines Hawaiian splendor with Okinawan flavor for a dreamy beach escape.

Notable Amenities

Five pools (indoor, outdoor, kids, adult, terrace), white-sand beach, four restaurants, spa with onsen and couples treatments

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Exceptional local activities and excursions

  • Villas with in-room hot spring tubs

  • Nightly entertainment

Cons
  • Not all-inclusive

  • Casual restaurant has limited menu

  • Not adults only

Hotel Overview

Halekulani Okinawa is only the second Halekulani property, after the historic 100-plus-year-old hotel in Waikiki. Always in demand with well-heeled Japanese guests, the Okinawa outpost is a favorite for proposals, weddings, and honeymoons. Every one of the 310 standard rooms faces the ocean and has a private terrace where guests can breakfast or lounge in the sea air. Lounging is definitely encouraged, with the hotel providing not only robes but pajamas, beach hoodies, and flip-flops for all guests to use on-site.

Spa treatments come with a session in the (gender-segregated) natural hot spring baths, and couples can book a double treatment room with a private hot tub. We recommend the treatments featuring Okinawan remedies and herbs. The adventurous can strike out to try some of the many island activities, like snorkeling, diving, and stream climbing. When you’re back at the hotel, don’t miss the Okinawan cuisine at Shiroux, which is helmed by a Michelin-starred chef.

Best City Break : Hoshinoya Tokyo


Hoshinoya Tokyo Guest Room
Courtesy of HOSHINOYA Tokyo
Why We Chose It

Hoshinoya Tokyo mixes hotel-style amenities and sophistication with ryokan-style touches right in the middle of Tokyo.

Notable Amenities

Top-floor pool and spa, lounge with complimentary tea and snacks on each floor, complimentary morning kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship) practice

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Central location

  • Attentive service

  • Beautiful design and pristine traditional decor

Cons
  • Poor views

  • Japanese-style furnishings may be uncomfortable for some

Hotel Overview

Hoshinoya Tokyo provides a traditional oasis of calm in the midst of a frenetic city. The property combines elements of hotels and ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) to good effect. At the entrance, you’ll remove your shoes, which are then discreetly whisked away and kept safe until you’re ready to go out. Tatami mats line the floors and even the elevator, giving the establishment a hushed grace. Each floor has just six rooms and is accessible only to guests staying on that floor, which lends a feeling of exclusivity.

The natural hot spring baths are literally the crown of the hotel, perching on the top floor and split into indoor and outdoor sections, the latter in a walled chamber that opens only to the sky. The signature massage treatment incorporates steamed Japanese herbs—perfect for stripping away any residual city grime.

Best Budget : Hilton Niseko Village


Why We Chose It

Hilton Niseko Village provides excellent value for a ski-in, ski-out resort with good service.

Notable Amenities

Best open-air hot springs in the area, six dining options, ski valet service

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Right on the slopes

  • Superb views

  • Cooperation with area resorts

Cons
  • Not adults-only

  • A little far from the nearest town

  • Can be crowded

Hotel Overview

Thanks to its long season and steady supply of good powder, Niseko is a well-known ski resort, both domestically and with overseas tourists. The area definitely has an international vibe, and the Hilton Niseko Village is one of the most popular stays in the region. The hotel has a ski valet service, and staying here puts you right next to a gondola that whisks you up Mount Niseko Annupuri in 10 minutes. It also makes it easy to take advantage of the four-resort, 29-lift, 60-run Niseko United lift pass.

The Hilton Niseko Village is renowned for its indoor-outdoor onsen, which has views of the neighboring Mount Yotei and sodium-rich waters that are good for soothing tired muscles. At the Wakka (meaning “water” in the indigenous Ainu language) Spa, a custom-designed couples treatment room features a hinoki cedar bath.

Best Boutique : La Vista Fuji Kawaguchiko


Why We Chose It

This quaintly furnished hotel provides attentive service and views of the iconic Mount Fuji.

Notable Amenities

On-site hot spring with views, complimentary shuttle transfers, free parking

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Most rooms have Fuji views and terraces

  • Private hot spring baths

Cons
  • Dinner requires a reservation

  • Car is necessary to explore the area

Hotel Overview

Under the watchful gaze of Japan’s most famous symbol, La Vista Fuji Kawaguchiko leans into the Euro retreat vibe of the Lake Kawaguchi area, with rustic decor and French-inspired dinner courses. Area attractions include a scenic ropeway, niche museums, and leisure activities like cycling and canoeing.

Rooms, terraces, and baths are all designed to soak up the majestic views, which are especially brilliant in winter. Spa treatments include Dead Sea mudpacks and scrubs and lotus flower essence facials. The onsen’s private rooms, big enough for two, are open around the clock.

Best Aesthetic : HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO


The Nijo suite living room at Hotel the Mitsui, Kyoto
Courtesy of Hotel the Mitsui, Kyoto
Why We Chose It

HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO is imbued with the city’s quiet elegance and makes guests feel positively revered.

Notable Amenities

Underground spa with natural hot springs, Japanese garden, in-room toiletries created by Japanese master perfumer

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Impeccable design choices

  • Central location near many attractions

  • Fabulous service

Cons
  • Expensive

  • Some rooms have street noise

Hotel Overview

The refined vibe of Kyoto, Japan’s erstwhile capital, is echoed on the grounds of HOTEL THE MITSUI, a protected enclave in the middle of the city, right next to Nijo Castle. The 161 rooms are outfitted with natural materials like wooden slab tables and stone bathtubs, and the interior-facing garden rooms are especially lovely, with the garden’s green providing a touch of color to the refined, muted palette.

The hot spring-fed underground thermal spa is a hushed and sacred zone, and treatments include the use of massage oils, shiatsu and yuragi (gentle shaking stimulation) techniques, and yin-yang balancing principles. For extra indulgence, the private onsen and Onsen Suite provide exclusive spaces to unwind after taking in Kyoto’s many sights.

Best Hot Springs : Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei


Why We Chose It

Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei offers the chance to experience a classic hot spring ryokan with some hotel flourishes.

Notable Amenities

Large variety of indoor and outdoor hot springs, free shuttle service to train station, complimentary bicycles

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Large rooms

  • Solicitous staff

  • Exquisite kaiseki dinners

Cons
  • A little far from town’s main action

  • Few shops or restaurants around the hotel

Hotel Overview

The town of Kinosaki Onsen is a famous hot spring resort, and Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei has all the best hallmarks of a ryokan: yukatas (traditional bathrobes) for strolling from spring to spring, gorgeous multicourse kaiseki meals (often featuring local crab), and spotless Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats, low tables, tea sets, and fluffy futons. However, for those who prefer more support, Western-style rooms with upright beds and chairs are also available.

In addition to four public on-site baths, three private onsen baths can be booked—the Gingetsu bath is particularly beautiful in its minimalism, with clean lines and adjacent forest serving as the main decoration. Some rooms have private en suite onsen, and all hotel guests receive a pass to visit seven other bathing facilities in town. For more relaxation, the hotel’s spa provides services that include hot stone therapy and aromatherapy massages.

Final Verdict

When planning a honeymoon in Japan, the variety of locations can be daunting, from megalopolises to secluded nature retreats, and what you choose will depend on your travel style and interests. Want a dreamy mix of extravagance, pristine scenery, and profound cultural experiences? We recommend The Ritz-Carlton Nikko. If you’re seeking a calm and sublime place to unwind after taking in all the city has to offer, check out Hoshinoya Tokyo. And if cultural and mineral spring immersion sounds appealing, try Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei in Kinosaki Onsen.

Methodology

We evaluated over 100 hotels with spa services in Japan before settling on the best for the chosen categories. We considered such things as the age of the hotel, the quality of service, the location and its allure as a romantic destination, and the availability of couple-specific packages and services. We also considered notable amenities such as dining options, Wi-Fi, local excursions and activities, and the existence of extra touches that elevate a stay, like local art, bespoke fragrances, and personalized welcome gifts. In determining this list, we used a combination of expert local knowledge, customer reviews, and professional reviews, and also took into account any awards and accolades the properties have received.

Interior with mountains and lake in the background
Tetsuya Miura