The well-known, but not always well-understood ancient stage tradition is demystified. The package includes tickets to a performance at the Kabuki-za theater, a mecca for the art form, which recently reopened after a major restoration.
Moreover, guests will sit down to a pre-performance lunch with a local Kabuki journalist and commentator who will introduce the stage art before the curtain is raised. Post-show, a backstage meet and greet or even a dinner with members of the cast and crew can potentially be arranged, along with the chance to be dressed in a Kabuki costume.
The package is available year-round, with rates starting at JPY 458,000 for a two-night stay.
Our docent leads guests on a behind-the-scenes look at Japan’s beloved national sport. During three annual tournaments held in Tokyo (January, May and September), a one-time sports broadcaster and current sumo sports writer and announcer accompanies guests to the all-day spectacle at the hallowed Kokugikan arena and complements the event itself with a visit to the arena’s museum.
Rates start at JPY 500,000 for a two-night stay.
In the two weeks leading up to each sumo season, hotel guests can plunge even more deeply into the sport’s culture with an expert-accompanied private tour of a sumo wrestling training stable and the chance to chat over a lunch of traditional chanko nabe, a hearty stew eaten by wrestlers to add to their bulk, prepared by the wrestlers themselves.
Rates start at JPY 627,000 for a two-night stay.
ABOUT PALACE HOTEL
Palace Hotel is a 5 star hotel with a legacy going back more than half a century. It is at 1-1-1 Marunouchi, on some of the city's most exclusive real estate.
With a sublimely tranquil moat-side location adjacent to the Imperial Palace gardens, the hotel opened with a splash in 2012 following a complete three-year rebuild from the ground-up.
From the distinctive omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) at first encounter to the subtle Japanese touches throughout, the wholly Japanese-owned and managed hotel is home-grown through and through.
Presenting guests with an experience of the city rivaled only by its incomparable views, Palace Hotel has redefined the luxury experience in Tokyo.