Tokyo, Japan

The Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace loop is probably the most famous and popular run in central Tokyo. It’s possible to a relatively uninterrupted run around the perimeter. Another bonus for travelers — and boy, I wish we had this in more U.S. cities — is numerous locations with lockers and showers, such as Run Pit on the Palace Side building above Takebashi Station. The Palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, and is in a park-like area in the Chiyoda area of Tokyo. There are numerous museums, archives, gardens, and parks in the area. The run includes views of some interesting Tokyo sites, such as Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Arts, the Crafts Gallery of The Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, British Embassy, Hanzomon, the National Theater, Supreme Court of Japan, and Sakuradamon gate.

The loop is nearly an exact 5k, so lots of people do a couple of laps. Just follow the main road– and there is a path alongside and almost always other runners.

Small Add-On: Hibya Park is just south of the Palace route.

Video Highlights: Imperial Palace at Cherry Blossom Time! (24 min.)


  • 5 km (3.1 mile) loop
  • 285 feet
  • Sakuradamon gate or any point along the loop
  • Otemachi, Sakuradamon, Hibiya, and Takebashi stations