Health and wellness

Japan’s top sports and wellness experiences

From sumo to spas

There are few more memorable spectacles than witnessing Japan’s feet-stamping, salt-tossing, body-hurling national sport: sumo ( This summer, grand tournaments take place in Nagoya (9-23 July) and Tokyo (10-24 September).

Ryogoku kokugikan stadium,Tokyo city, Japan
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For baseball fans, Tokyo Dome ( is the place to head: the iconic structure is home to around 60 professional baseball games a year plus near-daily games throughout the summer months – as well as music concerts.

MLB All Stars at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan
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The world’s top tennis stars fly in for the Japan Women’s Open (11-17 September), which takes place on outdoor hard courts in Tokyo’s Ariake Tennis Forest Park (

Four Seasons Kyoto

Meanwhile, pampering is on the menu at the serene spa of the Four Seasons Kyoto (3) – the city’s newest luxury hotel – with highlights including an ultra-deluxe 24-karat gold leaf scrub (

Hakone-Tenyu hotel

Alternatively, take a train from Tokyo to Hakone, near Mount Fuji, to the recently opened Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu (4), a minimalist Japanese ryokan: indulge in a private, outdoor onsen surrounded by forested mountains, followed by a massage in its garden spa (

Cathay Pacific flies to Nagoya from Hong Kong 21 times a week, including seven flights via Taipei.

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