Palatial Pursuits: Energizing Tokyo using self-generated renewable energy

Palace Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo’s only wholly Japanese-owned luxury hotel, offers guests the opportunity to experience the electric atmosphere of Japan’s capital city using only self-generated and wholly renewable energy sources – powered by paddle, by pedals or indeed by pavement-pounding. ‘The hotel’s Palatial Pursuits: Energizing Tokyo’ package includes a three-hour bicycling or jogging excursion, or a two-hour kayaking tour of the city, tailored entirely to the clients’ interests and fitness levels.

With the Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympics fast approaching, Japan is entering into a period of great sporting significance and keeping active is now firmly on Tokyo’s radar. Palace Hotel Tokyo’s ‘Palatial Pursuits: Energizing Tokyo’ Package allows guests of the hotel to experience the famous buzz of the city in an invigorating and sustainability-focused way.

Palace Hotel Tokyo’s enviable location, set aside the resplendent gardens of the Imperial Palace, is the ideal starting block for an exploration of the city. Guests participating in the jogging or cycling tour might begin their journey by the sakura-lined gardens of the Imperial Palace then wind their way through the iconic urban landscape of the Marunouchi district, stopping by the Tsukiji Fish Market to grab a weird and wonderful crustacean en route. From here, they might head west past the famous Tokyo Tower to Shibuya Crossing to capture a much-sought-after selfie at the world’s busiest intersection. Tokyo is a city of great contrasts – narrow streets lined with miniature dive bars feed into giant boulevards bedecked with towering neon signs and the hotel’s jogging and cycling tours offer an intimate opportunity to see and experience the city through the eyes of a local.

Tokyo is equally as fascinating from the water and the Tokyo Great Kayaking Tour takes guests right to the heart of the city. In spring time, the cherry-blossoms line the rivers and canals, creating a fragrant, floral archway above the intrepid paddlers’ heads. As the inner-city hums at dusk with the swarm of revellers heading out for the evening, kayakers experience a more tranquil view of Tokyo from its waterways, watching from afar as the bridges over the bay are illuminated and the sun sets over the water. The evening kayaking tour offers a unique perspective of Tokyo, leaving the buzz a whirl of the city behind to embrace a more sustainable view of its skyline.


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