Delve into history while getting fit at Tokyo’s top running route
Originally the site of Edo Castle, Tokyo’s Imperial Palace has been the home of the emperor since the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Today, the palace remains home to the emperor and Japanese royal family. The outer path of the palace is exactly five kilometers in circumference, making it a popular place for runners to train. Although it’s in central Tokyo, there aren’t any traffic lights on the route, which means you can complete as many laps possible without having to stop. Generations of athletes in Tokyo have trained here on their quest for excellence, and the Emperor Naruhito himself is sometimes spotted jogging along the route. In addition to royal celebrity spotting, you can also take in the sights along the way, such as Nijūbashi Bridge, Edo Castle and the National Diet Building. When you’re in Tokyo, take some time out to visit the Imperial Palace—it’s a perfect place for a stroll through history, or to lace up your running shoes for a training session.
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Visitors who wish to see the entrance to the palace should head towards the Sakashita-mon Gate, which is a 15-minute walk from Nijubashimae Station or Otemachi Station.
You can also walk there from Tokyo Station's Marunouchi exit in 20 minutes.