Health and wellness

Body, Soul: Running and meditation in Tokyo

Just two of the ways Japan's capital offers sustenance for mind and muscles


Runner’s high

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. 

Urban Sports in Tokyo
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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.

Zazen practice in Niiza, Japan
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