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Recommended Spots for Running in Tokyo

Since almost every street is teeming with tall buildings and busy establishments, Tokyo could be considered as one of the busiest places in the world. However, amid the hustle and bustle of the city, there are always places where you could unwind and do your favorite hobbies such as jogging and running.

Tokyo has a relatively high population of runners. Hence, a lot of running routes are provided to serve as avenues in breaking some sweat. On this article, I am going to list some of the best running spots in Tokyo.


1. Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is the heart of Tokyo. Many historical sites, government offices, and commercial areas could be found within the area. However, Imperial Palace is also known to be a favorite running route in central Tokyo. The loop around the palace is 5 kilometers long. Hence runners could jog around the area while witnessing some scenic views at the same time. The route is marked well, giving runners a chance to track their time and distance well. The Imperial Palace has several locations with showers and lockers.


【Basic information】
Name: Imperial Palace
Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda 100-8111, Tokyo
Business hour: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone number: (+81)3-3213-1111


2. Koganei Park

Koganei Park

 Koganei Park 2

Koganei Park is the second largest park in Tokyo. It houses several athletic facilities including a cycling course, an archery range, running routes, and some tennis courts. Runners could benefit from the expanse of the running routes with extends over 5 kilometers long. While running on its marked running loops, joggers could also witness some grassy areas and its cherry tree garden. Koganei Park hosts a running club where local runners could join.


【Basic information】
Name: Koganei Park
Address:1-13-1 Sekinocho, Koganei 184-0001, Tokyo
Business hour: Open 24 hours
Phone number: (+81)42-385-5611
Official website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index050.html


3. Tamagawa River Trail

Tamagawa River Trail

 Tamagawa River Trail 2
The running trail at Tamagawa River is a perfect avenue for long distance runners. It extends up to 48 kilometers, providing them with an uninterrupted run. Not only can runners experience a long run, they could also witness a stunning view of the river due to the absence of disruptions such as cars and buildings. Aside from running, the Tamagawa River trail is also an ideal place for those who are into cycling.


【Basic information】
Name: Tamagawa River Trail
Address: 3 minutes’s walk from Tamagawa Station (Tokyo)
Business hour: Open 24 hours


4. Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

 Yoyogi Park 2
Yoyogi Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo teeming with stunning views of nature. The site of the Olympic village during the 1964 games, Yoyogi park is filled with gardens, water features, and beautiful paths that could be found in one section of the park. Aside from experiencing nature, the park has an expanse of routes meant for outdoor activities such as running and jogging. Running clinics are some of the athletics-related events that are held on this park.


【Basic information】
Name: Yoyogi Park
Address:  2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, 151-0052, Tokyo
Business hour: Open 24 hours
Phone number:  (+81)3-3469-6081
Official website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index039.html


5. Akasaka Palace

The Akasaka Palace currently serves as one of the two state guest houses of Japan. Its distinct Neo-Baroque architecture is something to admire. The palace is also one of the favorite running spots in Tokyo. Runners could follow a short two-mile route that encircles the palace. For a moderate running level, you could follow the route going up on two hills with an elevation of around 300 feet.


【Basic information】
Name: Akasaka Palace
Address: 2-1 Motoakasaka, Minato 107-0051, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Phone number: (+81)3-3478-1111


For runners who are seeking an escape from the busy life of the city, you could find several spots around Tokyo to breathe and enjoy the scenic views while running. Before going to Tokyo, better be ready with your jogging shoes because you are in it for a worthwhile running experience.