Japan Tōkyō-to Chiyoda City

Imperial Palace

The primary residence of Japan's Emperor, this historic complex is surrounded by gardens and moats in the heart of Tokyo's Chiyoda ward.

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The Imperial Palace becomes an unofficial training ground every weekday from 7 – 9 a.m. Like all great Imperial Palaces, the Tokyo Imperial Palace is surrounded by a moat with a walkway next to it. This is the perfect running course in Tokyo devoid of cars. The course around the palace is about 5 km (3 miles), and the unofficial rule is runners should be going counter-clockwise with the palace always to your left. Water fountains and bathrooms perfectly dot this course, so you’ll never be far from facilities. And because we’re on the cheapo plan, it’s worth noting that the tap water in all of Japan is safe to drink. On your run, keep an eye out for Crown Prince Naruhito who is known to occasionally jog the course himself.

2 years ago

The Imperial Palace is a must-see attraction in Tokyo, located in the heart of the city's Chiyoda district. This stunning palace and gardens offer visitors a glimpse into Japan's fascinating history and culture. The palace grounds are free to enter and offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, with stunning architecture and beautiful gardens throughout.

1 year ago

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