Thursday, 15 December 2016

Running Around The Imperial Palace

Nijubashi or double bridge
Visiting Imperial Palace is one of the highlights for those visiting Tokyo.

The Imperial Palace is located a short walk away from Tokyo Station which makes it very convenient for visitors to visit.

For runners like me, there is another side of Imperial Palace that attracts us and that is to run around the Imperial Palace, following its 5K jogging track.
The dos and don'ts of running around the Imperial Palace jogging track.
If you read about my post on Adidas Runbase, where I met up with Toshi-san earlier; this is where we were headed to after putting our bags and changed into our running gear at the Runbase locker.

We walked towards the Imperial Palace which was just a 3-min walk from Adidas Runbase and started our run from this statue/fountain area.
I ran with Toshi-san and Shin-chan while Hubby took photography duties.
I was to run in Chiba Aqualine Marathon the next day so the run around Imperial Palace was just a short and easy one. The guys were obliging enough to slow down to meet my pace. Hahaha
The route is a popular one, both with local and visitors alike so expect a busy, filled running lane.
And it's also important to be mindful of not only other runners but also those on bicycle and those who are just sightseeing around the area.
In front of Sakuradamon; a designated important cultural asset as it is the largest of the remaining gates of the former Edo castle.

We could enter and enjoy the vast expanse of the exterior grounds of the Imperial Palace.
Broadwalk for a few hundred metres before we go out to the pavement again. Some areas are wide and some are narrow so we do need to me mindful of others.

The nice thing about running this track is that we didn't need to worry about traffic. The whole track is kinda unobstructed. We also do get a few inclines here and there within the 5K loop which was nice. Flat route can be pretty boring, right?
The track is open 24-hours and runners can run there anytime as it is well-lit and koban (police box) are stationed around the track.

There are also toilets and drinking fountains available for runners to make a pit-stop.
The clock tower which is a popular meeting spot after we enter Sakuradamon.
The track's map located beside the clock tower.
I ran 5.39K that day because I only stopped my watch when we got to a nearby sento called Bain Douche to meet other Japanese runners for our dinner gathering later.
In front of a public bath (sento); Bain Douche which is also just a few hundred metres from Imperial Palace.

Another fun option for visitors &/ runners to try, apart from Adidas Runbase.

Entrance with usage of the public bath and locker is around 400yen.

Bain Douche 1-5-4 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku
It is a 1-minute walk from Hanzomon Station on the Hanzomon Line;
Open Mon-Sat, 3-11.30 p.m.

A good place to relax the muscle after running around Imperial Palace! (or walking around Tokyo!)


  1. The whole area around the Imperial palace is so lovely to run or stroll or just relax! I love the peaceful atmosphere there. Was it a joke that they had to slow down to your pace?? I know you can lari kuat anytime.

    1. I where got laju lah!
      Those guys can finish a marathon in 3-hours, you know!

  2. Hi! It looks you would enjoy running around the Imperial Palace. I think you had very wonderful year. Wishing you have a Happy New Year.

  3. Hi Lina

    Its me Tima (cuteancurls), i miss reading your blogs :-( hope i can start again this year. just dropping by to wish you and family a Happy New Year.. may 2017 started off beautifully for you.


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