Get in on Tokyo’s running trend by doing the popular Imperial Palace loop. The traffic-free, five-kilometre route delivers scenery of heritage structures on your left, contemporary Tokyo on your right and friendly fellow runners in between. Metro station lockers are the perfect places to store your belongings, while the many drinking fountains and bathrooms en route are also welcome conveniences. Go casually or join the Asics running club’s clinics.
Serenity in the city
Press pause on Tokyo’s frenetic pace by heading to a temple for zazen meditation, a Zen Buddhist practice. There are numerous picturesque, calming temples offering tourist-friendly zazen sessions, which typically last about an hour. The meditation master might also whack your shoulders with a keisaku wooden stick for compassionate awakening. If in doubt, tour operator Voyagin can guide you on a day tour.
Cathay Pacific flies to Tokyo from Hong Kong 49 times a week.