8 Best Places to Run in Tokyo

Check out these great running routes in Japan's capital city

By Kat Szumna   Aug 21, 2016 - 5 min read

Tokyo is one of the most populated cities in the world, full of busy streets and tall buildings. Although finding places to run can be challenging, fear not. There are many green areas where you can breathe fresh air and exercise. When you discover those great spots, you will see that running in Tokyo can be a lot of fun.

Be sure to check out our full feature on running in Japan as well as our updated top five running routes in Tokyo.

Meguro River

The run is about four kilometres long and crosses through three Tokyo wards – Shinagawa, Setagaya and Meguro. The path along the river is beautiful, especially in the spring, when it is full of cherry blossoms. The trees provide shade and cover from the rain too. The only discomfort is that in some areas there might be pedestrians and cyclists. That is why it is best to start your run early in the morning or late at night.

The river is accessible from Meguro, Ebisu, Gotanda, and Osaki Station.

Imperial Palace

Jogging along the 5 km loop around the imperial palace is a great way to combine sightseeing and exercise. The route is well marked, so you can track your time and distance. The good thing about the Imperial Palace gardens are facilities like lockers and changing spaces surrounding the area. The biggest disadvantage when jogging in the summer is heat. There is not much shade along the main jogging route here. Due to that, the best time for a run is before sunrise or after sunset.

Access Imperial Palace from Hibiya Station.

Yoyogi Park

The green heart of lively Tokyo and the best gateway from busy Shibuya and Shinjuku, just five minutes from Harajuku Station. It is Tokyo's largest park and open 24 hours. It offers stunning scenery and plenty of room for outdoor activities. On the weekends you can find interesting dance groups there, as well as artists, musicians and a lot of other events.

To get there, walk from Harajuku Station or Yoyogi Station.

Tamagawa River

Amazing place for a really long run (even up to 48 km). It is perfect for pushing your limits. The scenery is epic. There are no cars, so you can fully enjoy the open space and admire the river. It is great for cycling as well and accessible from the number of stations.

For more information about routes and directions see here. Closest stations: Futako-Tamagawa, Izumi-Tamagawa, Tamagawa.

Koganei Park

Beside the running course, Koganei Park has a wide range of features, including spacious grass areas, cherry tree garden, children's field, Japanese archery range, and 16 tennis courts. It also has all the necessary facilities to help you monitor your work out. The park even has a running club that might be of interest to local runners.

This the link to their website. You can check out the running route here. Stations: There are a few stations not so far from the park, but try taking a bus from Musashi-Koganei Station on the Chuo Line.

Arakawa River

Arakawa river is the place where annual Tokyo triathlon competition takes place. It is a dreamland for runners and cyclists. The route is extra long, so you can probably run as far as you want. If you finish your jog in a completely different spot, do not worry, cause you can reach the river from many stations.

You can check an interesting work out plan including Arakawa river run here.

Stations: From the north you might reach via Ukimafunado, or from the south Nishi-Kasai, try also Kita-senju, Adachiodai, Akabane, Oji.

Komazawa Park

Komazawa Park is an excellent place to get in a short run around the loops or on the longer jogging course with helpful distance markers. It has plenty of other sport facilities too, if you feel like more training.

You can take a look at their official website here.

It is accessible from From Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station, Shinjuku Station, Shibuya Station, Ikebukuro Station and Yokohama Station.

Akasaka Palace

The route is filled with changing views, from greenery to the ginkgo colonnade, to the Akasaka Palace (now "State Guesthouse") and Jingu baseball stadium.

This route might be helpful if you run there for the first time.

Stations: Yotsuya, Aoyama Icchome

Runbase Tokyo

Runbase Tokyo, by adidas, is a running station providing the perfect place from which to start your run. They provide changing facilities, over 150 rental lockers and 16 shower cubicles – those who are 'running' light can even borrow state-of-the-art adidas clothing and custom-fit shoes – and even buy them if they like.

Runbase Tokyo is based in the heart of Tokyo in the Nagatacho district, just 1 minute from Nagatacho station (Hanzomon, Namboku and Yurakucho Tokyo Metro lines). It's on the doorstep of the Imperial Palace loop running route – a great running course suited to all levels!

View the running in Tokyo feature for more.

Getting there

Easy access from Nagatacho Station. Take Hirakawacho Exit number 4. Walk towards Hirakawacho Mori Tower and turn left.

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Join the discussion

Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu 4 months ago
Is there a starting point when you wanna jog along Meguro River?

So far, the nearest to our place is the Tama River. I heard, from the Ome area in the western part of Tokyo, the river can go on until Haneda Airport. That is over an hour by bus.
Relinda Puspita 5 months ago
They are really nice place in Tokyo, beside its concrete forest.
Patrick Harnett 11 months ago
Tamagawa is my favourite because there are no cross roads, you can do some really long courses and it is also close to my house. My start point is about 40km from the river mouth and part of the 50km cycling loop. One of the bonuses is, as you say, the scenery and it changes dramatically along the river. Plus, I get to see Fuji-san each clear day.
Also there are a lot of people use the river-side not just for walking/running/cycling, but for events and sports, so soccer, baseball, and even American Football.
Another long un-interrupted course is along the Tsurumi River just south of Tokyo. Not as scenic, but between the dock area to the Nissan Football Stadium is a good stretch. Watching the bullet trains pass by while jogging is one of the nice parts of the route.
Patrick Harnett 4 months ago
Haneda Airport on one side and Kojimashinden Station on the other. But Kawasaki station might be easier to get to - I'm not sure about the running paths all the way to the bay as it gets pretty industrial in that area. When I was exploring the lower reaches of the Tsurumi River if got a bit tricky and not so good. But, normally I'm well west so I don't have those issues, just the occasional snake and lots of interesting bugs.
Kat Szumna Author 2 years ago
Thanks guys! Always happy to see someone finds my tips usefull;)
Preethu 2 years ago
Good suggestions. 👍