Running course that the Imperial Palace area after Kanda Myojin and Yasukuni Shrine

I will introduce a special running course that not only enjoys The Imperial Palace, but also runs through Kanda Myojin Shrine and Yasukuni Shrine, two famous shrines, and in the end can relax with japanese public bath.

The running style that uses the public bath is called “Sento running” in Japan, and the person who enjoys it is called “Sento runner”.
The public bath “Aqua House Edo shop” introduced in this article is one of the public baths that can be used as such “Sento running” and JR Ochanomizu Station is nearest.

Click here to know more about “Sento Run”

JR Ochanomizu Station
JR Ochanomizu Station

Chiyoda-ku(in Tokyo)
Traveling time (not including breaks):
3 hours
About 8km
Forward:JR Chuo  Line「御茶ノ水駅 Ochanomzu station」

Go out to JR Ochanomizu Station at the Hijiri Bashi exit and go to the left to see “Tokyo Sola City”.Tokyo Sola City

Go down the escalator of “Tokyo Sola City” and you go to the plaza.Tokyo Sola City

Let’s go down the slope named “幽霊坂 Hill of gost” by cutting through the plaza.
By the way, it is written that “Tokyo Landmark Gallery” published in the Meiji Era generally came to be called “幽霊坂 Hill of gost” from the dark and lonely atmosphere at the time.

When you go down this slope you will see “神田アクアハウス江戸遊 Kanda Aqua House Edo-yu” on the right.
江戸遊 EDO YU

Address: 2-9-9 Kanda Awaji-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours:11: 00 ~ the next morning 8: 00 (last entrance reception 7: 00)
Closed: open all year round(It may be closed due to maintenance several times a year.)
Admission Fee: 460yen(3 hour restriction)
Tel: 03-3258-2611
Access: JR Chuo Line · Sobu Line “Ochanomizu Station” 5 minutes on foot from Hijiri-bashi Exit
Tokyo metro · Chiyoda line “Shin-Ochanomizu Station” 5 minutes on foot from “B2 exit”
Tokyo metro · Marunouchi line “Awaji-cho station”, Toei · Shinjuku line “Ogawamachi station” 5 minutes on foot from “A5 exit”

There is a coin locker on the right side as soon as entering the entrance, and you can leave luggage to this coin locker at “神田アクアハウス江戸遊 Kanda Aqua House Edo-yu”.(Four hours 100 yen)coin locker

Let’s start out when it gets easy!
Cross the Shouhei bridge and head towards Akihabara.
the Shouhei bridge

It was reported that the bridge was first built in this place was Kanei year (1624 – 1645). When the Tokugawa Tsunayoshi built Yushima Seido which is the Confucius Temple in Genroku 4 (1691), “Shouhei bridge” was named after Confucius’s birthplace of “Shōheigō”.

Kanda Myosin ShrineKanda Myosin Tenple

This shrine was founded in Tenpyo 2nd year (730).
When the battle of Sekigahara occurred in Keicho 5 (1600), Tokugawa Ieyasu prayed for the victory at this shrine and he won the victory on 15th September. Since then he ordered to perform as an auspicious shrine without disappointment.

The main hall appears when you dive in the torii.The main hall

Because of a shrine located next to Akihabara in sacred place of animation, anime girl welcomes us.
Anime girl welcomes you. Anime girl welcomes you. Guardian dog Ebisu Kanda Myoujin

Yushima Seido
湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou
Yushima Seido is a historical site located next to Kanda myoujin.
It is Confucius Temple built in Genroku by the Edo shogunate fifth generic shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, later became an academic center directly under the shogunate.

Main holl of 湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou 湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou gate of 湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou 孔子 statue gate of 湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou

Leave Yushima Seido’s Gyoukou Gate and go up the slope and pass through under  Hijiri-bashi Bridge and go up the stairs beside the bridge.
Hijiri bridge

the church "Nicholai-do"

Once you cross Hijiri-bashi Bridge you will find the church “Nicholai-do”.
Nicholai-do is an Orthodox Cathedral located in Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. “Nikolai Temple” is a common name, derived from the Russian priest priest, St. Nikolai who brought the teachings of Orthodox to Japan. The official name is “Tokyo Resurrection Cathedral”, it is a cathedral that memorizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Ota Princess Inari shrineShrines

According to the literature, Ota Doukan ‘s daughter suffered from smallpox in the middle of the Muromachi period, wandering around the border of life and death. Doukan heard that Imo-arai-inari Shrine in Kyoto had an inspiration for smallpox and prayed for Imo-arai-inari Shrine to recover her daughter that his daughter’s smallpox cured.
Doukan appreciated this event and built Imo-arai-inari in Edo castle in the first year of Chouroku (1457).

Book Town in JimbochoKanda Secondhand bookstore town Kanda Secondhand bookstore town

This Book Town has a 130-year history.
It is said that the old book shops targeting many law school students founded in this area in the 1880’s opened one after another,
The feature is that each old book store is not a non-genre, each has a specialized field, and the field is rich in variety, such as literature, philosophy, social science, theater, natural science, foreign books, bunko books is there.
The total number of shops is about 200.
Approximately 140 of them are old book shops and about one third of Tokyo’s old books are concentrated in this area.

It happened that there was a festival of the city on this day, and Omikoshi(a portable shrine) were out.
japanese festival

A huge entrance(torii) of Yasukuni Shrine will appear when you go up the slope.
Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine is a shrine located in Kudan nourth, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, worshiping war deads such as accidents and wars in Japan and abroad as “Eirei”.

Torii of Yasukuni Shrine

you can see a gate door with decoration of chrysanthemum pattern.Gate of Yasukuni Shrine

The pattern of the chrysanthemum is the emblem of the Imperial Family.chrysanthemum pattern

It is the main holl of Yasukuni shrine.the main holl of Yasukuni shrine

At the exit there is a type of protective dog different from the entrance.
guardian dog guardian dog

It is the entrance of Kitanomaru Park which was once Edo Castle.Kitanomaru Park

Nippon BudokanBudokan(martial arts arena)
The Nippon Budokan was built as a judo competition venue of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, and is now used as an indoor stadium, concert, multi-purpose hall other than martial arts too.

In the park there is a spacious and relaxing lawn area and a large pond and fountain.
Kitanomaru park

Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art and Crafts
Going through the park there is the “The National Museum of Modern Art”.
The buillding was built as the headquarters building of the Konoe Division in 1910(Meiji 43).
The Konoe Division was said to be a division composed of excellent soldiers selected from all over the country as a guardian of the Emperor.
After the defeat of World War II, the building was designated as an important cultural property in 1972 (Showa 47), and it opened as Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Museum in November 15, 1977 (Showa 52 years).

Aircraft cannon pedestal trace of Chidorigafuchi
Aircraft cannon pedestal trace of Chidorigafuchi | 千鳥ヶ淵高射機関砲台座跡
It is a trace of an aircraft firearm which built to protect the Imperial Palace and surrounding facilities from air raids by the B-29.
During the wartime, the unit that was located here in the Chidorigafuchi camp was “The Konoe Organic Gun No. 1 Battalion” by The Konoe Division.
At the time, the headquarters building of The Konoe Division was the next CRAFTS GALLERY, THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.


There are beautiful landscape “Miyake Zika” in Area around the Imperial Palace.
Miyakezaka is a slope that goes down Uchibori street from outside Hanzomon to the vicinity of the Metropolitan Police Department. Sakurada moat along the slope is known as a very beautiful scenic spot. It was called Miyakezaka from the fact that there was a mansion of the Miyake family of the Mikawa Tahara lord in the place of the present Supreme Court.

Sakurada-mon Gate
The surroundings of Sakurada Gate
Sakurada-mon Gate is one of the gates built in the moat of Edo Castle and is between Sakurada Moat and Gaisen Moat. In 1956 it was designated as an important cultural asset of the country as “Sakuradamon outside the former Edo castle”.
In Edo castle there are two gates of inside Sakuradamon and outside Sakuradamon, but the former is also called Kikyoumon gate, and in the case of simply “Sakuradamon” it often points to the latter.

You can go under Sakurada Gate in the Edo castle wall.under Sakurada Gate
a huge castle wall The surroundings of Sakurada Gate The surroundings of Sakurada Gate

As soon as we pass the Imperial Palace area, we can see the Tokyo station.

Tokyo Station

After passing Tokyo Station, we pass the Ootemachi business district.
Ootemachi area

Iliad Japan
Iliad Japan
This is a steel monument produced by Alexander Liberman (1912 – 1999) in 1987.”Iliad” is an epic of ancient Greek where Homer ranked the Trojan War.Liberman is a Russian-American photographer and sculptor. Worked as a Vogue art director during the 1940s and 1950s

Crossing the Nihonbashi River is in the Kanda area.
There are many delicious restaurants around here.
Why do not you try going when you finish running?
The picture below is a famous Soba shop “Yabusoba”.

Yabu soba
KANDA YABUSOBA is a famous Soba shop in a pure Japanese-style atmosphere.
You can enjoy quality buckwheat using domestically selected buckwheat flour.
Course dishes are also available.

Because KANDA YABUSOBA is expensive,I went to “Topka” famous for Indian curry this day.

It is a popular menu of pork curry with a sharp spicy.
Topka curry
Address: Takeuchi Building 1F 1-11 Kanda Suida-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11: 00-15: 30/17: 30 – 22: 30 (Izakaya business at night)
Sat, Sun, Holiday: 11: 30 ~ 18: 00
Closed: open all year round
Tel: 03-3255-0707
Access: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line “Awaji-cho Station”, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line “New Ochanomizu Station”, Toei Subway Shinjuku Line “Ogawamachi Station” 3 minutes on foot from A3 Exit
7 minutes on foot from JR Chuo Line · Yamanote Line “Kanda Station”
6 minutes on foot from “JR Sobu Line / Yamanote Line” Akihabara Station “

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【Introduction】 Hello! I am a native Japanese living in Tokyo. I introduce hiking trails and running spots in Tokyo for those traveling to Tokyo under the name of "Tokyo Sampomaster". blog : twitter : YouTube : 【Hiking trail】 Although it is not well known, there are many mountains that are suitable for hiking in Tokyo. If you are staying in Tokyo for a week, why not try going to the countryside near Tokyo for one day? A beautiful valley, an old shrine and a relaxing hot spring will heal you and will surely be unforgettable memories. 【Running spots】 If you are a runner, why do not you visit the sightseeing areas of Tokyo by running? There are many facilities equipped with shower and hot spring for runners in Tokyo. The experience of running through the Imperial Palace, traditional temples and shrines with your own feet is a wonderful memory that you can not change anything. If you do not mind, I will undertake free guides as well. English is still not very good, but I will try my best so please feel free to contact us!

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