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.
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 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.
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
Name: Tamagawa River Trail
Address: 3 minutes’s walk from Tamagawa Station (Tokyo)
Business hour: Open 24 hours
4. Yoyogi Park
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.
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.
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