10 Best Places to Run In Tokyo



Running is a great way to relieve stress and improve your physical fitness. In Tokyo where the city has a large population of runners, there are loads of places to run. So here are ten of the best parks in Tokyo for you to check out while visiting the city if you need to break into those sneakers and go for a nice jog.

  • 01

    Komazawa Olympic Park

    Komazawa Olympic Park was built as the second venue for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. After the Olympics were held in 1964, the park became a place for the people of Tokyo to relax. The park is perfect for those who want to enjoy sports, with a full range of facilities including athletic fields, hardball fields, and tennis courts. Flea markets and large gourmet festivals are frequently held in the central plaza.

    The running course in Komazawa Olympic Park is about 2.14 km long, with almost no ups and downs, and the distance is marked every 100 meters, making it an easy running environment. There is a lot of greenery in the park, so you can enjoy the beautiful nature of the four seasons while running along the course. The training room in the park is fully equipped with lockers, changing rooms, showers, etc. The park is crowded with runners between 10:00 and 15:00, so it is recommended to avoid this time.

    Access: 15-minute walk from Komazawa Daigaku Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi Line.

  • 02

    Odaiba Seaside Park and Daiba Park

    Along with the shopping mall Aqua City Odaiba, Odaiba Seaside Park and Daiba Park are two of the most popular tourist spots in Odaiba. You can enjoy authentic marine sports such as windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), as well as playing on the beach with your children. In Daiba Park, you can see the remains of the Edo Shogunate's gun emplacements, which gave the area its name.

    Odaiba Seaside Park has a 4km long running course, which is very popular because you can run along the ocean and feel the refreshing sea breeze. Every kilometer is marked with a distance and there are no traffic lights, so you can enjoy a pleasant run. The Marine House has showers, lockers for rent, and a restaurant, so it is a good base for running. There are also 3.5km and 5km courses in the nearby Symbol Promenade Park.
    The park is temporarily closed due to the Tokyo 2020 Games, but will be reopened in phases.

    Access: 3-minute walk from Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station and Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line / 10-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line

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    Hikarigaoka Park

    Hikarigaoka Park is an expansive 6-hectare grassy area with a bird sanctuary that is home to a variety of wild birds and others, as well as ginkgo trees that form a golden tunnel in the fall. There is also a barbecue area and a day camping area, and the park is crowded with people all year round.

    Hikarigaoka Park has a 2.8 km long running course that circles the park. The start and finish line are marked near the athletic field, and there are distance markers and directions throughout the park, so you can run without getting lost. There are also parts of the park where you can run in the unpaved nature, and if you are a seasoned runner, you can arrange it as a trail course. There are no locker rooms in the park, so please be careful with your belongings.

    Access: 8-minute walk from Hikarigaoka Station on the Toei Oedo Line, 15-minute walk from Narimasu Station on the Tobu Tojo Line, and 15-minute walk from Narimasu Subway Station on the Fukutoshin and Yurakucho Lines.

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    3 Running Courses at Fuchu no Mori Park

    Fuchu no Mori Park, located next to the Fuchu no Mori Art Theater, is a park with a baseball field, tennis courts, and other sports facilities. A large lawn, a playground, and a pond in the park are popular among families with small children. Flower plaza and a flower promenade offer seasonal flowers and when those are in full bloom, it adds beautiful colors gives instagrammable shots. The Fuchu Art Museum is located on the premises, and various sculptures are on display in the park.

    Fuchu no Mori Park has three running courses, each about 600m, 1.4km, and 2km long. The asphalt-paved path is mostly flat and has distance markers in places, making it a good choice for beginners. On the 1.4km course, there is a "Musashino Forest" and a Japanese garden along the way, so you can feel the seasonal changes in nature while running. There are no free changing rooms or locker rooms in the park, but there are stores and restrooms, so it is easy to take a break.

    Access: 10-minute walk from Higashi-fuchu Station on the Keio Line / Take the Keio Bus from Musashi Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line and get off at Tenjinmachi 2-chome bus stop.

  • 05

    Run with Tokyo Sky Tree at Sarue Onshi Park

    The Sarue Onshi Park stretches from north to south across Shin-ohashi Street. The park has a variety of plazas for different purposes, including a lawn area perfect for picnics and a health plaza with health equipment. The park used to be a lumberyard where lumber for the construction of Edo Castle was stored, and there is a mini lumberyard in the park that recreates that time.

    The running course in Sarue Onshi Park circles the north side of the park and is about 1.09 km long, with various sights along the way, including an area where you can see the Tokyo Sky Tree and an area lined with cherry blossom trees. The path is mostly flat, paved with asphalt and cobblestone. There are restrooms, rest areas, and water fountains in the park, and the distance is relatively short, making it perfect for beginners to run. There are no changing rooms in the park, so it is recommended to use the nearby Koto Sports Hall.

    The sauna at the Koto Sports Center has been closed for the time being.

    Access: 2-minute walk from Sumiyoshi Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line and Hanzomon Line / 15-minute walk from Kinshicho Station on the JR Sobu Line

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    Yumenoshima Park

    Yumenoshima Park was built on the site of a former landfill for the disposal of garbage in Tokyo Bay. It is an urban oasis surrounded by canals and waterways, and is adjacent to the Tokyo Yumenoshima Marina. The highlight of the park is the Tokyo Metropolitan Yumenoshima Tropical Botanical Garden, which utilizes the residual heat from the Shin Koto Cleaning Plant. Visitors can see a variety of tropical plants from around the world, and there are also many events for families to participate in.

    Yumenoshima Park has a 1.1km running course around the archery range and athletic field, and you can also run on the 2km and 3km courses designed for walking. The course, surrounded by nature, is almost flat and has distance markings. Running through the yacht harbor area is also recommended. There are also water fountains and toilets in many places. The BumB Tokyo Sports Cultural Center on the premises has a sauna and a large bath, perfect to get refreshed after a nice jog/run.

    Access: 7-minute walk from Shinkiba Station on the Yurakucho Line, JR Keiyo Line, or Rinkai Line.

  • 07

    Run Under Seasonal Trees at Sanshi no Mori Park

    Sanshi-no-mori Park was built on the site of the former Silk Testing Center of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The park is full of relaxing spots, including a playground with uniquely designed playground equipment and a grassy area perfect for picnics. The park is also a great place to enjoy nature in each of the four seasons, such as in the summer when the large waterfall in the community square is cool, and in the autumn when the leaves change color. The high level of disaster preparedness integrated with Suginami Tenth Elementary School is also attracting attention.

    There is a 0.6 to 0.7 km running course that circles the entire park, including the adjacent elementary school, and the distance is marked every 100 meters, so you can aim to complete the entire course. There are also water fountains and benches where you can take a break when you get tired. This park is recommended for those who want to enjoy running at their own pace while looking at the park's scenery that changes with the seasons and the plaza where people relax.

    Access: 1 minute walk from Higashi-Koenji Station on the Marunouchi Line.

  • 08

    Run Under Skyscrapers at Shinjuku Chuo Park

    Shinjuku Central Park is an urban oasis in the midst of the skyscrapers of Nishi-Shinjuku, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The park is full of spots where you can relax in nature, such as the residents' forest, lawn square, and Shinjuku Niagara Falls. The park also offers a variety of facilities such as a children's plaza for families to enjoy, a summer-only Jabu Jabu Pond, a multipurpose sports plaza, and the only futsal field in Nishi-Shinjuku.

    There are two running courses in Shinjuku Central Park: Course A (1.1km) takes you around the outside of the park with a view of the skyscrapers. There are some ups and downs along the way. On the other hand, Course B, which is 0.9km long, runs through the park. This course takes you through the lush greenery of the park, but be careful not to injure yourself if you are not used to running as you will pass through a water plaza with stairs along the way. If you become a member of the "Parkers Tokyo" sports facility, you can use the lockers and showers (visitors are also welcome).

    Access: 1-minute walk from Tocho-mae Station on the Oedo Line; 5-minute walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station on the Marunouchi Line; 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station on the JR, Odakyu and Keio Lines.



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    Right Under Sky Tree at Shioiri Park

    Shioiri Park is located alongside the Sumidagawa River in the downtown Tokyo. This park is popular among the local residents of the ward to relax and enjoy the view of the Tokyo Sky Tree and the Sumida River. Athletic facilities and the Twin Tower playground are crowded with families with small children. The sundial surrounded by the herb garden is the symbol and not to be missed.

    A 2.3km one-way running course has been set up on the riverbed along the Sumida River. It is very popular among runners because you can see the Tokyo Sky Tree while running. The surface of the course is made of urethane resin, and the distance is marked every 100 meters, making it a great place for runners. On the other hand, there is little shade on the riverbed because of the great view, so be careful of heat stroke. The course is located in the downtown area where there are many public bathhouses, so it is also a good idea to sweat it out at a public bathhouse after your run.

    Access: 12-minute walk from Minami-Senju Station (JR Joban Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Tsukuba Express)

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    Nakano Central Park

    Nakano Central Park is a commercial facility that opened in the redevelopment area at the north exit of Nakano station. Divided into East and South, the building houses offices and restaurants, and in the center is the beautifully maintained Nakano Shikinomori Park where many people relax on the lawn. On weekends, flea markets and other events are held in the park, which is crowded with many people.

    Nakano Central Park has two courses: Course A, which is about 0.6 km long and circles around Shiki no Mori Park, and Course B, which is about 0.8 km long and includes the outside of Central Park South. The route is flat and has distance markers, so it is recommended for beginners. There are lockers at the north exit of Nakano Station and convenience stores around the park, so you can drop off your luggage or take a break. The park is also visited by many families with children, so please be careful of children jumping out when running.

    Access: 5-minute walk from Nakano Station on the JR Chuo, Sobu, and Tozai lines.