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Tokyo running routes? by Valarie on 18 April 2006 11:27pm
 
This is an odd question, but here goes: I have a good friend going to Tokyo in June on a business trip. He's looking forward to it, but he's a runner, and he's afraid that the city is so crowded he won't be able to go running outside at all. Does anyone know any popular running routes in Tokyo?
 
Re: Tokyo running routes? by tucsonmike on 19 April 2006 2:14am
 
His best bet would be to run in the parks. On the streets it is very crowded. Especially at rush hour, he could make the Asahi and Yomiuri Shinbun by bowling over hundreds of Japanese men in business suits. The dry cleaners would love him though.
 
Re: Tokyo running routes? by Valarie on 19 April 2006 2:45am
 
Thanks. Are there a lot of parks in Tokyo (like London) or just a few big ones (like New York)?
 
Re: Tokyo running routes? by pandab on 20 April 2006 1:52am
 
In which Tokyo district is your friend staying?

In the area between the Hibiya and Jinbocho Districts, near the Imperial Palace, there is Kitanomaru Park. The subway station closest is the Kudanshita. If your friend is up for some controversial sightseeing, the park is very near the Yasukuni Shrine, dedicated to Japan's war dead.

In Northern Tokyo, near the Hongo District, is the stunning Ueno Park. It has some wonderful paths and is full of sights. Ueno Station is the closest.

East Shinjuku has the Yoyogi Park. The nearest station is Harajuku. In West Shinjuku is the Shinjuku Central Park located just behind the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Twin Towers. Trust me, if he is in West Shinjuku, he can't miss the Towers <G>. They are about the tallest buildings on the skyline ... which, considering Shinjuku is known for its skyscrapers, is really saying something!

I stayed in Tokyo a few days on vacation last year, and while I didn't visit all its parks, I saw a few. They are almost all beautiful, but Ueno tops the list.

Hope this helps!

Pandab
 



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