- Getting Started
- Circling the Imperial Palace
- Next up: Toranomon Hills
- The adventure continues
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・Arakicho running: How to jog all the way around Shinjuku
・Arakicho running: Circling the Akasaka Palace
Once you are warmed up and ready to go, head south to reach Shinjuku-dori (Street), the first of two main thoroughfares that you’ll use on this jogging adventure. Next, head east until the road dead-ends at the Imperial Palace grounds as described in this article.
Circling the Imperial Palace
Gradually work your way south by circling the palace grounds, syncing up with the ever-present flow of fellow runners. Once you spot the Ministry of Justice, one of Tokyo’s historic red-brick buildings, it’s time to turn right and head southwest on historic National Route 1, a road that could take you all the way to Osaka (don’t worry, we won’t be running that far… this time).
Next up: Toranomon Hills
Continue along Route 1 and before long you’ll soon spot the monolithic Toranomon Hills on your left. With its signature triangular roof, the mixed-use skyscraper is one of the newest additions to the Tokyo skyline.
Soon after passing Toranomon Hills, Tokyo Tower will constantly loom in the distance. Resist the temptation to veer onto side streets. Stick to Route 1 until you reach the Ikura intersection, marked by the presence of the unmistakable NOA Building. From here, make a left and you’ll find yourself at the base of Tokyo Tower within a matter of minutes.
The adventure continues
Now that your run is complete, explore Tokyo Tower to your heart’s content. If you’re really up for a challenge, you can even conquer the tower itself by climbing up the stairs!
Once you’ve thoroughly enjoyed your time in the tower, take a stroll through nearby Shiba Koen, one of Tokyo’s first public parks. Shiba Koen was established in 1873 when land owned by feudal lords was converted to public property.
Finally, don’t miss the awe-inspiring Zojo-ji. It was the official temple of the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Edo period, and it’s a massive sight to behold. Situated in front of Tokyo Tower, it’s a classic photo spot.
So there you have it—a six-kilometer route from Shinjuku Ward to Minato Ward. This route isn’t the fastest way to travel between these two locations, but it’s certainly the most scenic. Give it a try at night. The well-lit streets and illuminated skyscrapers make for a tranquil running experience. Check out the route by clicking here.
For smartphone users, please click the link below to go to the Tadaima Japan website which includes additional location details: