Sumo is Japan’s national sport! Now, thanks to Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi you have a chance to be escorted to the sumo stable, learn about the history and how it’s entwined with Japan’s native Shinto religion, and see these impressive athletes at their rigorous training. With special access arranged by Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, observe the rituals and traditions of the sport during a morning practice session. Afterwards, in a dining room inside the stable, enjoy an authentic chanko nabe (hot pot) breakfast alongside the athletes.
After your keiko (training), unwind with a private experience at a sento, a Japanese-style bath. Next, embark on a Tokyo sightseeing tour to explore quaint Yanaka, the oldest, most traditional area of the city. Break for a Wagyu steak lunch at one of the longest-standing Japanese restaurants, Asakusa Imahan. Then it’s time to shop for authentic Japanese housewares in Kappabashi, Tokyo’s kitchenware capital, where hundreds of specialty stores offer Japanese kitchen tools and utensils. There, you can buy plastic “sushi,” traditional cast iron pans, or an engraved Japanese knife you’ll use for years to come.
In the evening, board a private yakatabune (traditional houseboat) for a cruise through the illuminated Tokyo Bay and a meal of tempura and sashimi. Afterward, you’ll return to the Hotel in a rickshaw. There, 57 guest rooms and suites along with a full-service spa and the Motif Restaurant & Bar are part of Four Seasons’ own impressive stable of amenities.