Tokyo Marathon 2024 Attractions along the course

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Azabudai Hills

❶ Azabudai Hills

This massive complex opened in 2023 in Minato City, Tokyo. Combining abundant greenery with a variety of urban functions, it includes offices, residences, retail space, hotels, cultural facilities, and educational and medical institutions. The popular show from Odaiba, “Mori Building Digital Art Museum: Epson teamLab Borderless,” has also been relocated and opened here.

Roppongi-itchome (Subway), Kamiyacho (Subway), Roppongi (Subway), Azabu-juban (Subway), Onarimon (Subway)
Tokyo Tower

❷ Tokyo Tower

This 333-meter broadcasting tower has two observatories. The “Top Deck Tour” is a popular tour that takes visitors up to the top deck at 250 meters. In 2022, one of Japan’s biggest eSports parks “RED° TOKYO TOWER” opened inside “FOOT TOWN” located directly below the tower. Enjoy the latest attractions here.

Akabanebashi (Subway), Kamiyacho (Subway)
Zojoji Temple

❸ Zojoji Temple

At the foot of Tokyo Tower, this temple has a close relationship with the Tokugawa clan. On the temple grounds are many cultural properties including the graves of generations of the Tokugawa clan, the Sanmon Main Gate, and the Daiden Main Hall, one of the largest such halls in the Tokyo area. In the springtime, you can enjoy the 200 cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

Onarimon (Subway), Shibakoen (Subway), Daimon (Subway)
Shiba Daijingu Shrine

❹ Shiba Daijingu Shrine

Located in an office district, this shrine boasts a history of about 1,000 years. It enshrines Amaterasu-Omikami, the sun goddess in Japanese mythology, and Toyouke-Omikami, the goddess controlling the five grains. The shrine is famous for offering blessings for relationships, but it is also popular for its “Strong Luck Amulet.” It’s a great place to visit before the Tokyo Marathon.

Daimon (Subway), Onarimon (Subway)

❺ Azabu-Juban

With its cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks, Azabu-Juban is a fashionable neighborhood reminiscent of a European town. The Azabu-Juban Shopping Street has a history of over 300 years, offering everything from casual to trendy restaurants and stores, as well as bakeries and patisseries that attract long lines of customers.

Azabu-juban (Subway)
Shiba Park

❻ Shiba Park

Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023, Shiba Park is one of the oldest parks in Japan. Shiba Maruyama Kofun in Area 1 and Momiji Valley in Area 19 are both popular spots. Also, the promenade in Area 4 offers great views of Tokyo Tower.
Cherry blossoms are usually at their best in March to April.

Shibakoen (Subway), Onarimon (Subway)
Kyu Shiba-rikyu Gardens

❼ Kyu Shiba-rikyu Gardens

This is one of the daimyo (feudal lord) gardens still retaining its appearance from the early Edo period (late 17th century). Walk around the pond to admire the seasonal landscape and the splendid stonework. Not only is it just a 1-minute walk from the North Exit of JR Hamamatsucho Station, but the garden’s relatively small size allows you to enjoy a quick stroll.

Hamamatsucho (JR, Tokyo Monorail), Daimon (Subway)
Shibaura Canal

❽ Tokyo Bay Cruises

Takeshiba Pier and Hinode Pier are Tokyo’s gateways to the sea, where water buses and large ships leave for the islands. Pleasure cruises also offer chances to enjoy fancy meals, shows and the scenery of Tokyo Bay from the ship’s deck.

Takeshiba (Yurikamome), Hinode (Yurikamome)

Shibaura Canal

❾ Shibaura Canal

With a beautifully maintained promenade, visitors can enjoy a stroll along the canal and feel the refreshing breeze. Also popular is the sightseeing cruise that departs from the beautiful “Shibaura Island” and heads toward Tokyo along the waterway.

Tamachi (JR), Mita (Subway), Shibaura-futo (Yurikamome)

Sengakuji Temple

❿ Sengakuji Temple

This famous temple was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Edo shogunate. It is known related to the Ako Incident of the Edo period (early 18th century), in which 47 loyal Ako Gishi (samurais of Ako) avenged their lord’s death. Within the precincts of the temple are their graves and the Akogishi Memorial Hall. The “Ako Gishisai Festival” is held in spring and winter as memorial services for the 47 men.

Sengakuji (Subway)