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The Best Running Routes in Tokyo

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

The Imperial Palace

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Bridge over the moat of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Bridge over the moat of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo | © Kevin Poh / Flickr
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.
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Yoyogi Park

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Yoyogi park in Tokyo
Yoyogi Park in Tokyo is ideal for relaxing and people-watching | © christian ouellet / Alamy Stock Photo
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.
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Meguro River

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By the Meguro River
By the Meguro River | © Guilhem Vellut / Flickr
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.
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Koganei Park

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A sunny day in Kogane
A sunny day in Kogane | © Takashi .M / Flickr
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.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Dog Friendly, Kid Friendly

Atmosphere:

Local, Photo Opportunity

Tama River

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Sakura along the Tama River | © Fg2 / WikiCommons
Sakura along the Tama River | © 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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