With the popularity of Tokyo International Marathon, running is becoming growingly popular in Japan, following the global trend. If you are a runner and want to get some running done on your vacation in Tokyo while enjoying some sightseeing, I recommend En Route in Ginza. En Route is a stylish running station in the heart of Ginza. Its close proximity to the major Ginza shopping district, the famous Tsukiji fish market, and Kabukiza, the traditional Japanese performing art house, makes running more exciting and stimulating.
En Route Ginza is located at only 4 minutes on foot from Ginza Station, as well as Higashi Ginza Station: if you are traveling to Japan and do not know your way around, you will find it pretty easily.
There is another En Route running station in Futako Tamagawa in Tokyo, but this one in Ginza is really exciting because of its amazing location at the heart of Tokyo. It is true that running pass such a busy area can be little challenging, but this will also give you a special travel experience to see Tokyo life as a runner’s point of view.
High-end running station
There are many attractive features about En Route besides from the location. The price of using this running station is rather cheap for this location. Remember, Ginza is the most expensive place in the world! You have to become a member, but it costs only 700 JPY (6 USD) to use the facility, and if you want to borrow a towel to take a shower after your run, you just need to pay an additional 300 JPY (2.5 USD). This 700 JPY includes taking a shower and using a locker, which comes with a stylish shower room with great amenities like the picture above. You can simply come in your running gear and the rest will be taken care of.
Where to run around En Route Ginza?
If you are new to Ginza and don’t know where to run, you can just ask the running station staff, or check the blackboard to get recommendations for the running routes. This blackboard is always at the stair landing between the 1st and the 2nd floor and it illustrates a few routes, like 5km, 10km, and 13km routes around En Route. It also illustrates important information such as store store social networking sites and En Route running club information. It could be a great way to get to know other running enthusiasts. The En Route running club meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30p.m. for those who are interested.
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Shop at En Route
If you want to run, but did not come prepared, do not worry! En Route is a running station, but it also is a retail store. It has various sports items sold here from colorful running sneakers, running wear and some more fashionable sporty attire like bags, hats, and clothing. The store gets ample natural light entering the space, so if you are not a runner, but just want to stop by, you will still appreciate the space. If your partner is a runner, but you are not, you could simply enjoy the space and window shop for free. You are only charged if you use the running station. You could also easily find a café and a restaurant nearby easily.
City Running at En Route
The concept of En Route is “City Running.” For people who usually run in natural landscapes, En Route will offer you a total change of perspective, with a great mixture of sports and fashion, in a city environment. Unlike other running stations, this place offers a clean, luxurious feeling, which is a representation of this particular part of Tokyo, Ginza. You could be a city person or not, using En Route will be an exciting experience for travelers to see the life of Tokyo workers.
Getting exercise done on vacation can be hard, but running is a great way to mix sightseeing and exercising together. En Route Ginza is a perfect running station for travelers who are visiting Tokyo because of its location. It allows you to run around one of the most well-known places of Tokyo, Ginza, which happens to be a great mixture of Japanese modernity and tradition.
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