Tokyo remains one of the most popular holiday spots for Singaporeans, but after the first few visits you might feel you’ve seen everything there is to see, and done everything there is to do … this is why Palace Hotel Tokyo has created amazing experience-based packages based on the five senses.
One of Japan’s most acclaimed hotels, Palace Hotel Tokyo, has introduced a new bespoke guest experience, Celebrating Tokyo, with experiences designed to stimulate the five senses. The new package has experiences at the hotel itself as well as five unique cultural experiences around Tokyo that have been themed on impressive sights, meaningful touch, fantastic food, and resonant scents and sounds for the ultimate Tokyo escape.
Sight … What to see in Tokyo
At Palace Hotel Tokyo you’ll get accommodation for five nights in a Deluxe Room with balcony or guests’ choice of suites, replete with views of the picturesque Imperial Palace gardens. They’ve also included the choice of two tickets to the Edo-Tokyo Museum of history or the recently opened Sumida Hokusai Museum exhibiting the works of world-renowned ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.
There is also a new exhibition held simultaneously at two galleries, The National Art Center Tokyo and Mori Art Gallery, Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to now, that runs until the end of October. This is the most comprehensive display of art from Southeast Asia that has ever been on display in Japan’s capital and is sure to be a visual treat.
Touch … get a massage in Tokyo
Celebrating Tokyo includes His & Hers Vitalising Signature treatments, a therapeutic blend of deep tissue massage and traditional Japanese seitai acupressure for 90 minutes of pure bliss at Evian Spa Tokyo. They have also included a 90-minute sushi-making class at Tokyo Sushi Academy, located at the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market.
For a more hands-on experience stop by the Origami Kaikan, an entire six floor center dedicated to the popular art of paper folding. Check out the vibrant paper available for purchase at the shop or head upstairs to take part in a class.
Scent … discover the smell of Tokyo
In addition to a half-day, privately guided city tour tailored entirely to each Celebrating Tokyo guest, you will also receive the gift of an aroma reed diffuser of the hotel’s Pure Tranquility signature scent, a melding of 11 essential oils including blue cypress, anise, lavender, lemon, lime and eucalyptus.
Want to indulge your sense of smell further? The Ohara School of Ikebana offers two-hour long classes in English once a week, allowing visitors to try their hand at the mindful Japanese practice of flower arrangement. Classes fill up quick with spots now only available from September.
Taste … what to eat in Tokyo
With the Celebrating Tokyo packages you can take part in a curated, half-day foodie excursion privately hosted by Tokyo Tomo for an introduction to Tokyo’s lively and popular casual food culture then head back to the hotel for a prix-fixe dinner for two at one of the hotel’s Japanese outposts, with a choice of kaiseki at Wadakura, teppanyaki at GO or tempura at Tatsumi.
Visiting Tokyo in September? Head out to neighboring Yokohama for the Great Japan Beer Festival also known as BeerFes, set for 16-18 September. There is no shortage of beer to try here.
Sound … listen to Tokyo
Celebrating Tokyo guests will take part in a private, 60-minute introductory lesson on traditional Japanese taiko drumming at Taiko-Center Tokyo. After the intensive session it’s time to relax with a tasting of homemade chocolate by Palace Hotel Tokyo’s very own chocolatier, paired with two glasses of champagne, while listening to live Jazz at The Palace Lounge.
Looking for more jazz? The 16th annual Tokyo Jazz Festival is set for 1-3 September 2017, at Yoyogi Park. Performances will be held both indoors and out over the three day event and music lovers will be treated to performances from around 50 local and international artists.
The Celebrating Tokyo package at the Palace Hotel Tokyo is available for stays between until 18 December 2017. Bookings must be requested a minimum two weeks in advance. Subject to availability. Rates start at JPY 785,000 (based on double occupancy) and are inclusive of daily breakfast for two at guests’ choice of the Club Lounge, Grand Kitchen or via In-Room Dining. To sign up, go to palacehoteltokyo.com/celebrating-tokyo.
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