Do you enjoy going for a run? If so, why don’t you try out the “Imperial Palace Run” as a memory of your trip to Japan? This running course is the most popular one in Tokyo because there are no traffic lights around the Imperial Palace. Therefore you can run without annoying stops. Also, with many runners stations providing lockers and rental wear, the course is easy to use for beginners, too.
Imperial Palace Sightseeing Running Tour
Are you interested in trying out something special? There is a group of volunteer runners called OMOTENASHI Runners providing running tours to customers from Japan and overseas. The volunteer staff will join you on a tour around the Imperial Palace and explain the charm of the area and the most important facts of the Imperial Palace.
When my friends and I joined the OMOTENASHI Runners tour, our volunteer guides were super friendly. They kindly taught us everything you have to know about the Imperial Palace Run guidelines. This is important because there are some things you have to know. For example, you can only run in one direction, etc.
Every time we arrived at a tourist spot, we stopped and the volunteers explained the attraction in easy-to-understand English.
What are the highlights around the Imperial Palace?
When exploring the sights around the Imperial Palace, the most famous place you shouldn’t miss is Nijubashi (the “double bridges”) which is the entrance leading into the Imperial Palace. Another beautiful spot and must-see is Sakuradamon, one of the historic gates.
When visiting Japan at the end of March in early spring or at the end of November in late autumn, we recommend going to Chidori-ga-fuchi and Imperial Palace East Gardens (Kokyo Higashi-Gyoen). Both places are famous for their stunning cherry blossoms and autumn colors.
Do you want to take a peek into the palace’s grounds? No problem! Visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens where you can still see the ruins of the castle tower of Edo Castle and a tea house. (You cannot go inside the tea house, though.)
There are a lot of places around the Imperial Palace where you can feel the history of Japan, and other spots where you can enjoy the beautiful nature of the four seasons. So if the weather is nice, why don’t you join an Imperial Palace Sightseeing Running Tour – or go on a walk around the palace?
A list of the running manners for the Imperial Palace Run:
The OMOTENASHI Runner Association of Japan
Information about the release of the Imperial Palace East Gardens:
1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/VSPwzWiY9Yswh85a9
Closed: Monday, Friday
Nearest station: Takebashi Station