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The Imperial Palace Run – great jogging & sightseeing course in Tokyo

Enjoy running with family

If you run sometime, why don’t you try this course while your stay in Tokyo?

About 5km, you can enjoy beautiful scenery and fresh air.

If you are visiting Japan with baby/kids, there are some ideas to enjoy together –
One is to run or walk with kids (if school kids), Two is to run by yourself while kids will have fun with some of your guardian in nice area near around, or hotel.

I picked up some places for baby/kids around imperial palace as followings, and basic informations about “imperial palace run”.

Basic rule for Imperial Place run

Basic rule here is “to run counterclockwise” and “to be considerate for other pedestrians“.

Other tips are ;

  • You can start from anywhere.
  • Wearing face mask is preferable.
  • There are not so many vending machines around imperial palace – better bring water with you.
  • If you want to take shower after run, there are “runner station” around imperial palace. (will be described later)

Recommend start points

Depends on where are you coming from (hotel area), there are some starting points.

■”Sakurada-mon gate” (East side)

There are some benches and public toilet.
The closest station is SAKURADAMON station, or HIBIYA station.

Sakurada-mon gate stating point location on map

■”Hirakawa-mon gate” (North side)

It’s near TAKEBASHI subway station, there are some benches.
Good thing about here is, there are some convenience stores or cafes across the road.

Hirakawa-mon gate stating point location on map

■Chidorigafuchi park (West side)

Small scenic park on west side. Closest station is HANZOMON subway station.
There are public toilet and small playground for little kids.

Chidorigafuchi park stating point location on map

Recommend place for baby/kids while mom or dad running

To enjoy run by yourself, the best situation is that baby/kids are staying safely with some of your family at hotel.

If you came here with baby/kids, they can have a good time at these spots below. (With some of your family guardian)
Running 1 round of Imperial palace is about 30-40min.
Mom or dad will be back very soon while you guys are playing there 🙂

One more tip from my experience is that better bring some drinks or snacks for kids, because it might be difficult to find convenience store or kiosk around imperial palace.
So better have something to prevent heatstroke or for urgent kids cry “I’m thirsty!” “I’m hungry!”

■Imperial palace outer park (for baby/toddler)

Nice lawn garden with Japanese pine trees.
Just lawn, no playground equipments. I used to take my daughter here to practice walk. Toddler would like to walk around here.
Vending machine are here behind samurai statue. (Kusunoki Masashige statue)

Imperial palace outer park (Link to detail)

Address : 1-1, Kokyo gaien, Chiyodaku, Tokyo, 101-0002 (Link to Google MAP)

■Chidorigafuchi-park (for baby/toddler)

Scenic small park along with moat on west side of palace.
There are public toilet, and very small kids playground.
It’s also near police box – always feel safe.

Chidorigafuchi-park

Address : 1-2, Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0082 (Link to Google MAP)

■Kitanomaru park

Another peaceful park on North side.
No playground equipment, but enjoyable park to just walk around.

Science Museum are here too, some kids might like it.
(admission 880yen/adult, free for children under 4years old)

Kitanomaru park

Address : 1-1, Kitanomaru park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0091 (Link to Google MAP)

Science Museum (Official HP)

■Hibiya Park

Hibiya park is one of my favorite place in Tokyo.
There is kids area opens from 9am to 16pm.
Good as running stating point too.

Hibiya Park (Link to detail)

Address : 1, Hibiya-park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0012 (Link to Google MAP)


Running station near Tokyo Imperial Palace

As the imperial palace run is very popular for runner, many running station has opened.
Rental shoes, wear, towel, shower… anything for jogging are available.
It’s nice to take shower at running station then keep enjoy sightseeing with family.

ASICS RUN TOKYO MARUNOUCHI

Located right in front of Tokyo station.

Address : Mitsubishi building B1F, 2-5-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Link to Google MAP)

Adidas RUNBASE Tokyo

Located near National Diet building.

Address : Mori-tower1F, 2−16−1, Hirakawachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Link to Google MAP)

Raffine Running Style Neo

Located in Tokyo Midtown HIbiya B1F, probably best location.

Address : Midtown Hibiya B1F, 1−1−2, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Link to Google MAP)

→More about Tokyo Midtown HIbiya (shopping complex in front of Hibiya park)

Runpit

Located 1min from Takebashi subway station.

Address : Palace side building 1F, 1−1−1, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Link to Google MAP)


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