Kyoto could well be called Japan’s City of Love, thanks to its atmospheric streets, picturesque gardens, and rich traditional culture. If you’re in Kyoto with your special someone, you’re in luck. From the glowing lamps of Gion to cozy traditional teahouses, here are some ways to get romantic in Kyoto.
Stroll Through Arashiyama
There’s something undeniably romantic about walking hand in hand through the tunnel of bamboo at Arashiyama’s Sagano Bamboo Grove. Be sure to snap a selfie on the picturesque Togetsukyo Bridge and spend some time exploring the Tenryu-ji Temple UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Spend an Evening with Geishas in Gion
Geishas have become an icon of Kyoto, though often misunderstood. Uncover the secrets of the geisha during a romantic dinner for two in Kyoto’s historic Gion neighborhood. A typical dinner includes a multicourse kaiseki (haute cuisine) meal accompanied by a maiko (apprentice geisha).
Take a Romantic Rickshaw Ride
Sit back and relax as you visit some of Kyoto’s many temples, gardens, and Buddhist shrines on a rickshaw ride through its historic streets. It puts a romantic twist on a typical day of sightseeing.
Say “Ahh” at the Spa
Treat yourselves to an afternoon of bliss at a traditional Japanese spa. Give your feet a break with a warm mineral-water soak infused with Japanese tea leaves or seasonal flowers, or opt for a longer couples massage.
Capture Your Visit
Whether you’re celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary, or simply a romantic getaway, capture memories to take home with you during a professional photo shoot in the streets of Kyoto. Traditional Japanese clothing rental is often included.