With Valentine’s Day upon us there is quite a bit of pressure to outdo whatever romantic experience you had last year. But if money is no object, there are a few things that can make this holiday really special. When we mention Japan we instantly think of their luxurious kaiseki cuisine, relaxing hot springs and private skyscraper hotels. It’s a magical place that brings together traditional ryokan charm and rural seclusion with spectacular Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy cocktail bars with plenty of romance to suit all comers. Here are just a few of the places that billionaires like to frequent:
Hot spring bathing is a cultural tradition in Japan and not just a much-loved pastime in Japan. The serenity and tranquility of Kinosaki Onsen has long attracted tourists with the town’s willow-lined riverside looking like a picture straight out of a novel and ideal for romantic moonlit walks. Plenty of 5-star hotels are located nearby with Kojinmari, Mikuniya Ryokan and Mitsuwa Ryokan offering contemporary elegance and comfort to complete the ideal vacation at prices, starting from $750 a night.
Considered ‘the gatekeeper of Japanese culture and history’ Kyoto attracts with its unique blend of tradition and modernity. The urban oasis provides plenty of fun activities for couples like cozy rickshaw rides or traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies and the famous ‘love stones’ fortune telling at Kiyomizu Temple. Spend a night at the spectacular Ritz-Carlton for $1000 a night or the charming Hyatt Regency for $500 a night.
Everyone knows about Tokyo and crowds of international tourists are constantly flocking to the Japanese capital, but if you can truly afford it – you’ll want to stay away from the mainstream places of interest. Why not rent the suite at The Peninsula for $8,500 and dine at some of the trendiest, most exclusive restaurants Akasaka Kikunoi, Tofuya Ukai or Narisawa – all rated by the Guardian as having taken the Japanese culinary art to new heights.