The Best Running Routes in Tokyo

Jogging route around the Imperial Palace grounds
Jogging route around the Imperial Palace grounds | © Hajime NAKANO / Flickr
Alicia Joy

Tokyo Writer

If jogging is your favorite way to keep fit, you’ll be glad to hear you’re not alone. Tokyo has a large population of runners and city planners like to keep that in mind, meaning there are loads of places to break in those sneakers. These are Tokyo’s best running routes.

1. The Imperial Palace

Bridge, Park

Person walking by the tall wall lining the Imperial Palace Garden, Tokyo, Japan
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The Imperial Palace gardens is a perfect scenic jogging route right in the center of Tokyo. Most people jog around the outside, since the people inside the gardens are mostly sightseers. Enjoy beautiful flora and pockets of historical architecture on this route.

2. Yoyogi Park

Park, Shrine

Yoyogi park in Tokyo
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Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo’s most popular downtown recreation areas. It’s not only full of walking and jogging routes, but separate bike lanes and even a dog run so your pooch can stretch his legs. Located near Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando, Yoyogi Park is almost always busy with people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

3. Meguro River

Park

By the Meguro River
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The Meguro River route is best enjoyed in the early morning or late at night, when the crowds have thinned a little. This is especially true in springtime, when people from all over flock to see the pink blossoms blooming along the river. As an alternative, check out the Arakawa or Sumida River Terrace for more riverside views on the run.

4. Akasaka Estate

Park

The Akasaka Estate is a large greenspace in Minato close to Aoyama, and includes the Akasaka Palace (or State Guesthouse) along with the Togu Palace and ponds. Joggers love to follow the short, scenic route encircling the grounds. It’s perfect for a quick run or even a walk on your lunchbreak.

5. Koganei Park

Park

A sunny day in Kogane
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Koganei Park is popular with runners and has its own joggers club which meets from time to time. The park is also home to other numerous athletics facilities, like tennis courts, a cycling course and even an archery range.

6. Shin-Toyosu Brillia Running Stadium

Stadium

This 60 meter (196 ft) indoor track was made for sprinters to practice, but is open to anyone who wants to run. If it’s a rainy day or you’d like to test your speed rather than endurance, Shin-Toyosu’s Brillia Running Stadium has got you covered.

7. Oyama Dairi Park

Park

Berries growing in Oyama Dairi | © Yasuaki Kobayashi / Flickr
© Yasuaki Kobayashi / Flickr
Oyama Dairi features a wide running path dotted with cherry trees and bushes on sloping hillsides. It’s also home to several wildlife sanctuaries. Perfect for a quiet, scenic jog off the beaten path.

8. Komazawa Olympic Park

Park

Early morning at Komazawa Park
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Komazawa Park was made for distance runners. Markers are placed along color coded routes, so you always know how far you’ve gone. If you’re serious about the sport but still want to enjoy natural scenery, this is the place for you.

9. Tama River

Park

Sakura along the Tama River | © Fg2 / WikiCommons
© Fg2 / WikiCommons
West of central Tokyo lies the Tama River and the Tama River Trail, a long and winding trail, nearly 50 km (31 miles) long. The route is another one that’s popular in spring due to the numerous sakura bunched along the route. Perfect for endurance runners looking for a long course.

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