If you’re reading this, then we bet you’re well on your way to planning the proposal of a lifetime! We’re so excited for you to embark on this next chapter with your lifelong partner. If proposals are on your mind, Japan is definitely one of the best places to do so. Here we’ll tell you everything you need to know if you’re planning to craft a memorable proposal on your trip to Japan!
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Is Japan a good place to propose?
The short answer is: Yes, absolutely!
Japan is one of people’s top destinations for a reason. With its mix of modern wonders, traditional architecture, and natural beauty, Japan stands out as one of the best places to visit if you want to make a big impression. That’s what makes it such a perfect place for proposals! When proposing, it’s not only the location that you need to take note of but also the right moment. After all, you wouldn’t want to time your proposal wrong!
Whether your planned proposal is more of an intimate moment or a grand gesture, we have a wide selection of places in Japan to suit your needs. From classic spots that deserve to be called iconic in their own right, to hidden gems just waiting to be discovered, we’ve listed 15 gorgeous spots for a once-in-a-lifetime memorable proposal.
Where to propose in Japan? – The 15 Best Spots
1. Mt. Fuji
Of course, we have to start with the iconic Mt. Fuji. It is part of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains” along with Mount Haku and Mount Tate. But among these three, Mt. Fuji definitely stands out as one of the most iconic symbols of the country. Located about 100 KM (62 miles) from Tokyo, its perfect shape and glorious appearance have made it a pilgrimage site for centuries.
To this day, Mt. Fuji stands out as one of the most picturesque places in the country. The best part? On clear days, it’s quite visible from Tokyo! If you don’t want to travel outside of the capital, plenty of Tokyo spots offer beautiful views of the mountain, especially on the city’s numerous observation decks.
A proposal with Mt. Fuji in the background is as classy and timeless as can be. Who knows? Maybe proposing here will mean your future relationship will be as strong and stable as this great mountain!
2. Wedded Rocks (Meoto Iwa)
The name itself is already making us hear wedding bells. The Meoto Iwa site is located in Mie Prefecture in the Kansai Region, and it is truly a sight to behold. There is something so strangely beautiful — and indeed, even sacred — about two giant boulders at sea, connected together by a thick rope.
This rope isn’t any ordinary rope, either — it’s shimenawa rope, believed to connect the spiritual and earthly realms together. These “Wedded Rocks” stand as a gorgeous spectacle and indeed one of the most memorable places you could begin your next chapter in life. The solemnity of the place paired with the stunning view of the rocky site will definitely make for an intimate yet powerful proposal. For that added magical touch, we recommend proposing at sunset!
3. Tokyo Tower
Speaking of classics, we can’t not mention Tokyo Tower. The country’s most famous — and really, iconic — skyscraper has borne witness to many proposals done within its premises — and for good reason! The Tower offers an exhilarating view that will get you and your partner’s hearts pumping in no time, making for the perfect moment to pop that important question.
At over 1,000 feet high, Tokyo Tower will offer you a beautiful panoramic view of the city that you’d be really hard-pressed to get anywhere else. There’s nothing like gathering your courage to take a leap of faith (metaphorically, of course!) onto the next chapter of your life as you bask in this jaw-dropping view among the clouds.
4. Lake Mashu
While we want to highlight those classic spots that draw dozens of proposals a year, we also want to give a shout out to the lesser-known hidden gems that would make for beautiful proposal spots as well. One of these is Lake Mashu! Located in the Akan Mashu National Park in Hokkaido, Lake Mashu is the perfect picturesque place to have your proposal. Make no mistake, Lake Mashu is no ordinary lake. In fact, it’s actually a crater lake formed over 7,000 years ago by a volcano! Known for being one of the clearest lakes in the world, Lake Mashu is unlike any other.
This venue is especially perfect if your partner is a fan of astrology or stargazing because the night sky looks especially brilliant when reflected on the lake’s surface. Sign up for one of Lake Mashu’s stargazing tours and find a quiet little nook around the area to ask the question!
5. Himeji Castle
What better way to make your future life partner feel like royalty than proposing at Himeji Castle? Make your fairytale dreams come true by visiting this incredible historic site located in the Hyogo Prefecture. Just picture this pure white castle, a living example of the greatness of Japanese traditional architecture, located on top of a beautiful hill. To make the scene even more majestic, we suggest going during Spring so you can see the beautiful cherry blossom trees in full bloom surrounding the castle!
Nicknamed the “White Egret Castle” or the “White Heron Castle” due to its stunning white exterior and resemblance to a majestic bird about to take flight, Himeji Castle dates back hundreds upon hundreds of years all the way to 1333. Registered as one of Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Himeji Castle should definitely be on your list. The photos don’t do this glorious structure justice. And who knows? Maybe proposing here will mean your marriage will be as long-lasting as this castle!
6. The Seven Waterfalls of Kawazu
If your significant other loves the great outdoors, then we definitely recommend checking out the seven waterfalls of Kawazu! Located in the Izu Peninsula, these seven glorious waterfalls raining down from the mountains vary spectacularly in height. From a whopping 30 meters (98 feet) to a petite 2-meter (6.5 feet) waterfall, these natural beauties are truly a sight to see.
The seven waterfalls of Kawazu have inspired many works of literature, including the 1926 novel The Izu Dancer by Japan’s Nobel Prize Winner Kawabata Yasunari. That’s why you’ll see plenty of gorgeous statues in the area inspired by the text.
Even better, this area is also known for having beautiful onsens (natural hot spring baths) that would just be the perfect place to relax in as you and your partner begin your next chapter in life together.
7. Kamogawa Riverside
If your partner loves nature but wants something a little more on the quiet and understated side, then we recommend checking out the Kamogawa Riverside. Located in Kyoto, Kamogawa Riverside is basically one huge park where locals and tourists alike love to relax and spend time. The whole place becomes even lovelier at dusk when the traditional houses all light up, adding to the warm and romantic atmosphere that makes it perfect for low-key proposals. It’s a quiet and peaceful area that has its own understated charm, making it a wonderful pick to ask the most important question of your life!
8. Chidorigafuchi Canal
Speaking of, there really is just something so romantic about different bodies of water, huh? And of course, Japan has plenty of these kinds of places for you to choose from. Take a rowboat down the beautiful Chidorigafuchi Canal in Tokyo where you and your partner can have an intimate moment all to yourselves. While we argue that this spot is beautiful all year round and definitely perfect for a proposal no matter the season, we do admit that it just transforms into something magical come springtime. After all, Chidorigafuchi Canal is surrounded by gorgeous cherry blossom trees that make for a pretty picture whenever they’re in full bloom.
However, it can get pretty crowded during cherry blossom season, which you might not want for the proposal you’re planning. Then, we suggest also visiting during plum blossom season in February or even during autumn when you’ll get to bask in the golden fiery hues of the surrounding trees. Both times are still great picks and will make for a memorable proposal for sure!
9. Nara Deer Park
If your special someone is a big animal lover, then there really is no question: the Nara Deer Park would be the perfect place for a proposal! Located at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa, this historic park has been around for centuries. Aside from the sprawling fields and beautiful natural scenery, Nara Deer Park is of course most famous for its beloved deer population.
Over 1000 deer reside here, and they have even been designated as a natural treasure! In traditional Japanese beliefs, deer are considered personal messengers of the gods, which really adds to the tranquil — and indeed, almost solemn — vibe of this place.
The deer here are extremely well-behaved and used to visitors. Some have even learned to “bow” to visitors, especially when they’re asking to be fed! You can purchase some crackers so you and your partner can feed them before you get down on one knee and pop the question.
10. Chureito Pagoda
For a quintessential Japan proposal, we can’t recommend the Chureito Pagoda enough. It’s one of the country’s most photographed spots for a reason — the five-storied pagoda overlooking Fujiyoshida City and facing Mt. Fuji simply can’t be beaten. Chureito Pagoda is a true masterclass in the beauty of traditional Japanese architecture. This place is also a great visual example of how tradition meets modernity.
Chureito Pagoda exemplifies the Japanese philosophy of mixing the old and the new and having both of these coexist peacefully and beautifully. Be warned, though, that this area’s photogenic beauty draws in a lot of tourists and photographers. But we definitely think it’s worth it to give your partner a memorable proposal!
11. Otaru Snow Light Path Festival
February is the month of love, so you might want to time your proposal this month! Another reason why you might want to consider proposing in February is because this month also holds the famed Otaru Snow Light Festival! Each year, Otaru Town in Hokkaido puts out the most beautiful candlelight festival you will ever get to witness. It’s a true winter wonderland as the snow-covered streets glow with the light of over 120,000 candles.
The whole ensemble gives off a classy and romantic vibe that will definitely get your partner in the mood. If the festival itself isn’t enough for you, you and your special someone can also stroll through Otaru as it’s a picturesque town known for committing to the retro 1950s aesthetic!
12. Hinokicho Park
With all of Tokyo’s popular spots that draw in visitors from all over the world, it’s easy to miss out on something like Hinokicho Park. this quaint little park is often overlooked when it comes to the best spots in Tokyo, but we guarantee that it will definitely leave a lasting impression. If you’re envisioning a quieter and more personal proposal for your partner, then it’s best to do it in a place that will provide you with all the intimacy you need while also being full of natural charms. Hinokicho Park fits the bill!
This park perfectly combines the elegance and calm of traditional tea houses while also incorporating some of the vibrant bright lights of the big city. While it’s a pretty popular spot during the day, it becomes more private after dark, which makes it perfect for proposals! We especially recommend the rest house by the lake because it looks so pretty when it gets lit up in the early evening.
13. Rikugien Garden
Speaking of parks and gardens, Rikugien Garden is also not one to miss! This Japanese-style garden is located right in Tokyo which makes it a great last spot after an exciting day of touring the city. After seeing all the sights, head on over to Rikugien Garden where you can do a beautiful proposal for the love of your life. Built in the style of the Edo Period, this garden is considered one of the capital’s most beautifully landscaped ones. In fact, its name translates to “The Garden of Six Poems” because it’s been known to inspire a lot of great pieces of Japanese literature!
This surprisingly large park has plenty of little nooks and crannies where you can plan your proposal in. Featuring lush man-made hills and beautiful forested areas all connected by a network of walkable trails, Rikugien Garden is perfect for your nature-loving and outdoorsy significant other.
14. Osaka Castle
Of course, we can’t have just one castle pick on this list. The Osaka Castle is another gorgeous piece of architecture that has both historical and cultural significance. This castle-fortress stands as one of Japan’s most iconic places especially since it played a significant role in the unification of the country during the 16th Century.
History lesson aside, the Osaka Castle is a majestic display of Japanese aesthetics. Rising dramatically from the surrounding moat and park area, the castle draws in tons of visitors — both locals and tourists alike — who want to have the chance to bask in its glory.
Make your partner feel like your own king or queen by proposing here in this picturesque spot. The white-and-green castle looks magnificent all year round, but it is especially wonderful during the cherry blossom season of late March, plum blossom season of February, or even during late April and May when the surrounding area blooms with vibrant azaleas.
15. The Great Torii of Miyajima
Last but not least, we have the otherworldly “floating” gates at Miyajima. Known for being one of the most sought-after sights in Japan, this massive torii gate can be seen “rising” out of the sea. At the right tide season, it even looks as if it is floating! It’s a truly majestic sight that we are sure your partner would definitely love to get proposed in. The vibrant red of the gate paired with the deep blue waters make for an absolutely picturesque spot.
Located in the bay of Hiroshima, Miyajima or “Shrine Island” is a small island that really packs the punch. A day-trip here would be lovely just to see all the natural sights and gorgeous buildings. You can even find a lot of domesticated deer just freely roaming around the island, adding to the magical and otherworldly vibe of the place! It’s simply one of the best places to begin that next chapter in your life with the person you love the most.
Hire a photographer for your proposal
Wouldn’t it be nice to have incredible photos and videos to look back on one of the most important days of your life? To make your proposal — and really, just your whole trip — even more memorable, why not hire a professional photographer to capture the moment? Here we have just four of the most romantic photoshoots you can think of. Just imagine being able to look back on this very special day through high-quality photos that capture every millimeter of your and your partner’s smiles!
1. Tokyo Couple Photoshoot
Up first we have this classic couple’s photoshoot set in the capital of Japan. Whether you’re to-be-fiancees or simply a couple craving a bit of luxury, hiring a professional photographer will make sure you get to document all your sweetest memories! For photoshoots like these, the photographers are all based locally so you can count on them to know all the best — and most private — spots. If you have a spot in mind that you want to explore, this photographer is more than willing to accommodate you as well.
To make the experience even more amazing, rent a pair of kimonos (your photographer can help you with this too) and take photos in front of some of Tokyo’s most iconic sights like the Sensoji Temple! You could also opt for a sleek and cool nighttime photography session in Shibuya or a fun and vibrant shoot in Tokyo Disney Land or Disney Sea. You can completely tailor this photoshoot depending on your and your partner’s tastes!
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2. Tokyo Engagement Photoshoot
Whether you’re planning to propose or have just heard that sweet “yes” from your special someone, this photoshoot package is perfect for you! Make your proposal even more special by having a professional photographer document that moment. Since this photographer is an expert in doing proposal photography, they definitely know how to be discreet when the moment finally comes. Besides, these photographers are not just photographers! Because they’re based locally, they can also tell you all the best spots to have your proposal — whether you want a grand gesture or a quiet and intimate moment.
Just talk your photographer through the kind of proposal you’re envisioning, and you can count on them to be on board. If you’re unsure how to go about it, your photographer can also give you plenty of tips and tricks to make your proposal a truly memorable one!
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3. Cinematic Shinjuku Couple Photoshoot
Want something a little more dramatic? Always dreamed of feeling like the main character in a sleek cinematic masterpiece? Then this photoshoot might just be for you! Tokyo looks beautiful no matter the time of the day, but we can all probably agree that it truly comes alive after sunset. The bright city lights just give off that uninhibited and vibrant glow, the perfect atmosphere for you and your special someone to have a memorable night to yourselves.
This photoshoot takes you to the best spots in Shinjuku where you and your partner can have the brilliant cityscape as the background to your precious memories. This local photographer is very good at giving directions, so don’t be worried if you’ve never done a photoshoot before. Besides, this photographer also knows how to capture the sweet candid moments that you definitely want to keep forever!
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4. Kyoto Proposal Photoshoot
When looking for picturesque and memorable spots to have your proposal in, you can’t just limit yourself to Tokyo! Japan has tons of cities each with its own unique charm that we are sure you will appreciate. One of those is Kyoto! This photoshoot package takes you to some of the most beautiful sites in the city, including the Fushimi Inari shine with the vibrant torii gates, otherworldly Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and more!
Make sure to talk to your photographer about the kind of proposal you’re planning so they can help you find the best spot for the occasion. Whether you want beautiful traditional architecture to complement a solemn atmosphere or a vibrant urban jungle to create a fun and youthful vibe, your photographer can assist you in finding the perfect place for your proposal plan.
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Tips for your proposal bouquet
And finally, we recommend going the extra mile and preparing a beautiful bouquet for your soon-to-be-fiancee. Blooming flowers can be the perfect accessory to your partner’s new engagement ring! Go check out our tips on how to craft the perfect proposal bouquet to make your proposal a dream come true.
1. Follow your partner’s preferences
This should be the first thing you think of in planning every step of your proposal! Of course, all of us have our own likes and dislikes. The key to planning the best proposal is to be in tune with your partner’s preferences. Try to subtly ask if they have any favorite flowers or any kinds of plants that are meaningful to them. When in doubt, you can also ask some of their closest friends! We’re sure they’re more than willing to tell you everything they know to help you with your proposal. Your partner will definitely appreciate your eye for detail and for taking the time to get to know their preferences!
2. Match your partner’s style
Not everyone may be a big fan of flowers, but we’re sure your partner will still appreciate it if you match the bouquet to their personal style! Why not pick a bouquet that complements your partner’s sense of fashion? Bonus points if you know the popular colors in your partner’s wardrobe so you can have a bouquet that matches them on the day of the proposal! These kinds of moments are perfect for picture-taking, and it would be even better if their bouquet matched their style. This kind of thoughtfulness will earn you extra points for sure!
3. Study the language of flowers
They say pictures can paint a thousand words, but what about bouquets? We think flowers can say everything you want to say without a single word! Floriography, or the language of flowers, is a tradition that dates back to the Victorian era. People have always used different kinds of flowers to convey different meanings for their loved ones. These meanings vary depending on the flower’s color and species. For example, we all know roses symbolize love, but different kinds of roses carry different meanings. Here are just a couple of them along with other romantic flowers that you may want to choose for your bouquet.
- Red Rose – forever love, passion
- Pink Rose – first love
- Purple Rose – precious love that can withstand any challenges
- Hydrangea – heartfelt emotion and the desire to understand someone
- Peony – pure love and happy marriage
- Calla Lily – life and fertility (common marriage flower)
Mix and match these flowers along with some of your partner’s personal favorites to create a showstopping bouquet!
4. Match the venue
And finally, we think it would be extra sweet if your bouquet matched the vibe of your proposal venue. Some people like to go big and bring out a bouquet of 100 red roses, but this really only works if the venue is a bit more intimate — perhaps a secluded spot in a garden? You should also think about your partner’s disposition.
If they’re a bit more on the shy side, they may feel a little embarrassed carrying such a huge bouquet around. So if you’re planning to propose outdoors, we recommend preparing a more sensibly sized bouquet. Even just one flower can have a big impact!
We hope you enjoyed our ultimate guide on how to plan the perfect proposal in Japan! Japan truly will never run out of beautiful and picturesque spots for you to plan your proposal in, all depending on the kinds of things that your partner likes. And of course, hiring a professional personal photographer to capture every moment will just be the icing on the top!
Which one of these proposal spots do you think your partner would love the most? Don’t forget to share with us in the comments. We wish you all the luck in starting this next chapter in your life!
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