A GOOD TRIP STARTS BRIGHT AND EARLY ENJOY THE MORNING IN TOKYO

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A Good Trip Starts Bright and Early

Enjoy the Morning in Tokyo

Asakatsu—waking up early and enjoying the precious morning hours—is the latest trend among businesspeople and office workers in Tokyo. The idea is to relish the privacy,

the quiet, and the leisurely flow of time before the hustle and bustle of city life begins. This issue takes a look at new things to do in the early hours of Tokyo. Bask in the sun. Feel the crisp breeze. Get off to a good start and spend the day wisely. Rise and shine, and discover your special morning in Tokyo.

Forest bathing in an urban oasis

This section presents oases of nature in the heart of Tokyo, where the fresh green and crisp breeze of early summer are perfect for “forest bathing.” The hours before the crowd arrives offer the freedom to enjoy a leisurely stroll and lay back on the lawn. Take in the fresh morning air and get a boost of energy for the day ahead.

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Delicious morning coffee and breakfast

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A good day starts with a good breakfast. Eating a well-rounded meal in the morning gives you a charge of energy. This section looks at spots creating a buzz in Tokyo, from restaurants at luxury hotels to a stylish cafe with a menu that takes you once around the world.

Cycling at the seaside park

The early morning, when traffic is slow, is the perfect time to rent a bicycle and explore the city. The Tokyo Bay area comes with the bonus of a refreshing salty breeze and splendid view. Concerned about getting lost? Join a tour. And always remember that safe cycling is the key to avoiding accidents.

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Refreshing morning zazen at a temple

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Zazen seated meditation is a form of training in Zen Buddhism. But in recent years, sessions are attracting both Japanese and foreign tourists seeking to cleanse the spirit. This section introduces temples that welcome beginners and experienced practitioners regardless of nationality, faith, or religious sect. Try your hand at morning zazen and purify mind and body.

Must-visit spots open early in the morning

From shops selling gourmet gifts and ekiben boxed meals in Tokyo Station, to a book cafe perfect for killing time and meeting up with friends—this section lists convenient spots to keep in mind for making the best of an early morning in Tokyo.

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  • Forest bathing in an urban oasis
  • Delicious morning coffee and breakfast
  • Cycling at the seaside park
  • Refreshing morning zazen at a temple
  • Must-visit spots open early in the morning

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