Kokyo is Imperial Palace in Japanese and we call Kokyo-running to jog around the palace. Kokyo is a nice place to stroll around, however, Kokyo is also popular and attracts a wide range of joggers. I have jogged around Koyo many times. There are 3 reasons why I want to suggest jogging around Imperial palace.
1. It is just 5 km around the palace with no vehicles or with no traffic lights at all, so it is safe and easy to know how long you are jogging.
2. Adding to it, there are 3 police boxes around the route and police officers are coming around, so, it is quite safe to jog in the night.
3. But not only these reasons but also the scenery around the Palace is beautiful and you can enjoy flowers and trees every season.
There are too many joggers on weekend, so probably it would be better to avoid on Saturdays, Sundays and Japanese national holidays. It is the best place to run in the city.
Every Sunday (Closed on rainy days, and days when special events are held.), 150 free bicycles are provided for use along about 3 km model cycling course between Iwaida Bridge and Hirakawa Gate. It is a great Sunday activity for you to ride halfway around the Palace Surrounded by castle moats and 2000 pine trees. The course is free of motorized vehicle on Sundays.
There are Japanese style bicycle, which you can ride on kids who cannot ride bicycle themselves.
Fee: Free of Charge.
The reception desk: Beside the police box near Exit 2 of Nijubashi Station on the Chiyoda Line Subway
KOKYO HIGASHI GYOEN GARDEN (IMPERIAL PALACE EAST GARDEN)
Imperial Palace East Garden is a beautiful garden where you can walk and enjoy nature which was opened to the public in 1968. Formerly it was a part of the grounds of Edo Castle. The castle does not exist anymore, however, you can see it was there since the ruin of the old Edo Castle including the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses are remaining. This is a real hidden gem in heart of Tokyo. Bringing your Obento for your lunch would be nice. It is closed on Mondays and Fridays.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The National Museum of Modern Art isn’t a particularly large collection but tiny, boutique and the pieces are great quality. You will no doubt visit it if you are an art lover. This is located on right across the street from the Imperial Palace.
You can also enjoy a very fine lunch in the restaurant on the second floor providing contemporary cuisine. There is also café so you can take a break anytime.
The museum is closed on Mondays.
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