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Description of the daily routes

Karte Tokio

Walk around Tokyo within 12 days and stay at four great hotels to experience the city even more intensively. You can find all the details about the individual routes in my book "TOKYO MAZE". All the information on how to combine the tours described there into the circular walk above can be found on this sub-page of "walk TOKYO!".

With the "walk TOKYO!" method, you walk all parts of the city while exploring both well-known and lesser-known sights along the route. There is much more to discover than with conventional travel methods. By changing hotels more frequently, you spend evenings and mornings in different parts of the city and, as a visitor, gain deeper insights into each place. Experience Japanese hospitality "Omotenashi" in all its facets.

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Details of daily routes

Start: Tokyo Station [JY01, M17]
End: Higashi-Ginza [A11, H10]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour 5 & 4
Route length: 10.6 km, Senior 5.5 km

Route description: The first part corresponds to tour no. 5 "A Visit to the Emperor of Japan" from page 18 of the book "TOKYO MAZE – 42 Walks in & around the Japanese Capital"; however, in exactly the opposite order, so that it ends with a visit to the observation deck of the KITTE building. From there, you simply walk further south to the northern entrance of the Tokyo International Forum (chapter 4.2 on page 16). From there, you go on an excursion through the Ginza, either following the route of tour no. 4 or shortening it according to your own interests.

Senior Route: Since the standard route of tour no. 5 is already 7 km long, it has to be shortened considerably. However, it should be enough for at least a short round in the Ni-No-Maru Garden (5.6) via the Ote-mon (5.5) and a detour to the Nijubashi (5.4). This route is also completely flat and you are spared the steep climb to Honmaru Garden (5.7) with Tenshu-dai. If you walk straight east from Nijubashi to the Yamanote line, you will come directly to the northern entrance of the Tokyo International Forum. From there, a short walk-through Ginza to the intersection with Ginza Place (4.4g) or Kabuki-za (4.5) should still be possible.

Weekday: Tuesday

Start: Higashi-Ginza [A11, H10]
End: Azabu-Juban [E22, N04]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour 3 & 2
Route length: 10.3 km, Senior 5 km

Route description: Simply walk one of the main or side streets of Ginza in a south-western direction until you reach the elevated road, marked as "Expressway" on the map of chapter 3. If you take Chuo Dori, then on the corner before the elevated road is the Hakuhinkan Toy Park (3.7). From there, take a short detour to the Shiodome district (3.2 to 3.5) or directly to Hama-Rikyu Garden (3.6). At the end, do not go back to the main entrance, but leave the garden via the Naka-no-Gomon gate. Under the elevated road, take the crossing with pedestrian lights after 100 m and then turn left. Follow the wide road for another 600 m until you reach a large intersection, where you come to a roofed and elevated walkway that can be reached by stairs or the lift. There, walk to Hamamatsucho station, enjoying the view of elevated road and Shibarikyu Park. At the end, return to street level and walk under the Yamanote line and straight ahead until you reach the entrance to Zojo-ji (2.3) after 400 m. From here, simply follow the route of tour 2 to Okura Hotel (2.8). From there, walk a good 1 km southwest to Azabu-Juban metro station.

Senior Route: As Hama-Rikyu Garden is not so well served by public transport, there are two ways to shorten the route, depending on the location of your hotel. If you stay overnight in Ginza, you can skip tour 3 in Shiodome and walk directly to Tsukiji (book ③ tour 30) and then via Shin-Ohashi Dori (map chapter 3) to the entrance of Hama-Rikyu Garden. If you stay overnight in Shiodome, you are already there and go directly to Hama-Rikyu Garden. After visiting Hama-Rikyu Garden, it is a good idea to simply take a taxi to Zojo-ji (2.3) to save 1.5 km. If you don't want to walk the whole distance of tour 2, just visit Zojo-ji and Tokyo Tower (2.4) and maybe Azabudai Hills (will be finished at the end of 2023). From there, it is best to take a taxi to Azabu-Juban.

Weekday: Wednesday

Start: Azabu-Juban [E22, N04]
End: Meguro [JY22, I01, N01]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour 18, 17 & 16
Route length: 10.7 km, Senior 4.7 km

Route description: First, follow the exact route of tour no. 18 to the intersection at Hiro-o underground station. Then turn left into the wide Gaien-Nishi Dori and walk 700 m to the second major intersection. Turn left there as well and cross under the elevated road. Walk along the road No. 35, lined with many old houses, for a good kilometer until you reach the multi-lane Sakurada Dori. Now turn right and walk for 800 m until you reach the corner at the end of the Meiji Gakuin University grounds (chapter 17.4). From here, simply follow tour 17. From Ikedayama Park, however, you do not walk to Takanawadai Station as shown on the map, but to the beginning of Gaien-Nishi Dori where it crosses Meguro Dori. To avoid getting lost in the maze of the residential area, orientate yourself according to the road network printed on the map of chapter 17. At the end of the stage, walk tour 16 in reverse order of the places described to Meguro station. Depending on the time left and your interest, you may be able to skip individual places or just visit the garden of the Teien Art Museum (16.2).

Senior Route: The entire route can be shortened very well by getting on a bus of lines 77 or 86 at the bus stop in front of Hiroo Garden shopping center south of Hiro-o underground station and getting off at Todai-Ikaken-Byoin-Nishimon (4 stops). This eliminates the entire tour 17 and the two long connecting routes between the tours. At the end of the bus ride you are roughly in the middle of the section of the Gaien-Nishi Dori printed on map 16. However, if you wish, you can at least visit the Happo-en garden described in chapter 17.5.

Weekday: Thursday

Start: Meguro [JY22, I01, N01]
End: Shibuya [JY20, F16, G01, Z01]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour (16), 15 & 14
Route length: 10.5 km, Senior 5.0 km

Route description: As the tour starts at Meguro Station, you will first visit Daien-ji Temple (16.7). It is also a good idea to visit the Hyakudan Kaidan Museum, which is run by Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. The exact route description is unfortunately only in the book ②, but you can easily do it using the text description here. After visiting the museum, cross the Meguro River and visit the two temples Gohyaku Rakanji and Meguro-fudoson Ryusenji. Leave the latter in the direction of Fudo Park and walk to the Parasitological Museum. From there, there is no set route to the Tokyo Photographic Museum (15.2), but it is a good idea to walk along the wide road towards Meguro Station and, after crossing the river, take the path through the residential area. Tour 15 from book ③ then starts from the museum (15.2) and ends with chapter 15.5b. If you continue walking from Tsutaya Books along Kyumate Dori, the Marukawa Utsuwa shop is 1200 m on the right. If you want to take a diversion to Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo instead of this route, choose the route through Saigoyama and Sugekari Park. Otherwise, walk past the shop Marukawa Utsuwa to The Shoto Museum of Art and through Nabeshima-Shoto Park to the Toguri Museum of Art (on the left edge of the map to chapter 14). From there, start your explorations of some of the sights in Shibuya using tour 14 in book ③.

Senior Route: Some parts of the route can be shortened by bus. For example, after the Parasitological Museum, you can take a bus to Meguro station and then take the Yamanote line to Ebisu. After visiting Tsutaya Books (15.5b), you can also take a shortcut by taxi or walk to Tamagawa Dori and take a bus from there to Shibuya station.

Weekday: Friday

Start: Shibuya [JY20, F16, G01, Z01]
End: Kokuritsu-kyogijo [E25]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour 19 & 20
Route length: 9.8 km, Senior 5.0 km

Route description: You start tour 19 from book ③ at Shibuya Station, therefore walk it in reverse order, but from the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum (19.6) to the Nezu Museum (19.3), skipping the Prada Boutique Aoyama (19.2) and visiting Chokokuji Temple (19.5) first at the end of tour 19. From there it is on to Roppongi Hills (20.2). It is a good idea to skip Aoyama Cemetery (20.2) on tour 23 and instead walk the route backwards past Tokyo Midtown (20.7) to Honda Welcome (20.4) after visiting Roppongi Hills. From there, walk to Ginkgo Avenue and walk it to the northern end, where Meiji Jingu Gaien and the National Stadium are adjacent.

Senior Route: At the beginning of the route, you save 1.6 km by taking bus 88 from Shibuya Station to Minami-Aoyama-Rokuchome. Bus 97 may shorten the route at the end to Shinanomachi Station (South Exit), but this requires a diversion from the National Art Center Tokyo (20.6) to the Aoyama-Ikiiki Plaza Iriguchi bus stop.

Weekday: Saturday

Start: Kokuritsu-kyogijo [E25]
End: Shinjuku [JY17]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour 13 & (Book ② Tour 1)
Route length: 12.3 km, Senior 7 / 5.3 km

Route description: This day's stage starts with tour 13 in the book ③, where you first walk the upper half of Cat Street (13.6) and Takeshita Street (13.7), then visit Meiji Shrine (13.2). From then on, continue in the correct order to Killer Dori (13.5), skipping Yoyogi Park (13.3) if necessary. Now walk north again past Japan National Stadium to the Sendagawa Gate of Shinjuku Gyoen (map on page 27 in the book ②). From then on, simply follow the exact route of tour 1 in book ②. Unfortunately, book ② is only available in German so far, so here is a short list of the most important sights along the route: Shinjuku Gyoen, Isetan, Hanozono Shrine, Golden Gai, Kinokuniya Bookstore, Takano Fruit Parlor and Omoide Yokocho.

Senior Route: Since it is difficult to shorten this route, you have to decide for the senior route whether you want to do tour 13 from book ③ as described above or the route through Shinjuki Gyoen and Shinjuku. If you absolutely want to do both routes, you should spread them over two days.

Weekday: Sunday

Start: Shinjuku [JY17]
End: Waseda [SA30]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour 12 & 11
Route length: 10.7 km, Senior 5.0 km

Route description: First, do tour 12 from book ③ as described from page 32. At the end of the tour, you can either walk to Higashi-Shinjuku Station [E02] or take the Oedo line from Tochomae [E28] or Shinjuku-Nishiguchi [E01]. Tour 11 from book ③ is done from chapter 11.2b to Tomita Dye Craft Museum (11.6) and then walk back to Omokagebashi [SA29] or Waseda [SA30] stop on the Sakura Tram.

Senior Route: Again, it is difficult to shorten the routes to 5km. Therefore, either take only tour 12 or only tour 11 from Book ③.

Weekday: Monday

Start: Waseda [SA30]
End: Otsuka [JY12, SA23]
Detailed directions: (Book ② Tour 3) & Book ③ Tour 10 & 9
Route length: 10.7 km, Senior 5.5 km

Route description: Unfortunately, book ② with tour 3 is only available in German so far, so here is a short list of the most important sights along the route: Higo-Hosokawa Garden, Eisei-Bunko Museum, St. Marien Cathedral and Temple Gokuku-ji. At Gokokuji temple, take the rear exit of the cemetery, then you will come to the wide street with the elevated road above. If you walk along this road for 1.3 km, you come directly to Ikebukuro Station. If you want to see the observation deck of the Toshima Ward Office, turn left after passing Higashi-Ikebukuro underground station. Continue with tour 10 from book ③, but walk along Otome Road (10.4) to the end and turn right. At some point, turn left to get to Otsuka Station. If you cross the streetcar line, you have walked too far. But no problem, just get on and ride one stop to Otsuka Station. Finally, you can do tour 9 from book ③. You can either take the Yamanote line one stop or walk across the residential area to the route of tour 13 in Sugamo.

Senior Route: If you want to walk less, you can only do tour 10 and tour 9 from book ③. The stretches in between can be covered by tram, Yamanote line and Fukutoshin line.

Weekday: Tuesday

Start: Otsuka [JY12, SA23]
End: Ueno [JY05, G16, H18]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour 24, 8 & 7
Route length: 11.6 km, Senior 5.5 km

Route description: The first place of interest today is the Rikugi-en (chapter 24.3 book ③). After visiting the garden, walk along Hongo Dori until you pass Hon-Komagome underground station. Turn left at the next intersection and walk 1.5 km along the road until you reach Yanaka Cemetery (8.10). From the cemetery, instead of going to the station, walk to Asakura Choso Museum (8.2) and then follow the exact route of tour 8 to Nezu Shrine (8.7). Contrary to the book, you then walk along Shinobazu Dori further south past Shinobazu-no-ike to the northern end of Yushima underground station and turn left. After 500 m you meet the railway line and turn left in front of it. Via the shopping street Ameyoko-cho (7.9) you come directly to Ueno station after 400 m.

Senior Route: The quickest way to get to Rikugi-en is to take the Yamanote line via Komagome Station [JY10]. After visiting the garden, return to this station to take the train to Nippori [JY07]. From there, walk tour 8 from book ③, shortening it a little at your own discretion if necessary. Back to Nippori [JY07] station after tour 8, just continue to Ueno [JY05].

Weekday: Wednesday

Start: Ueno [JY05, G16, H18]
End: Asakusa [A18, G19]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour 7 & Addendum Tour 25
Route length: 9.3 km, Senior 5.5 km

Route description: Today the route starts with tour 7 from book ③. Please note that the 5 km distance given for this tour 7 does not include the individual routes that you may walk within the individual museums. At the end of the tour, continue walking east along Asakusa Dori to the intersection with Kappabashi Dori. The description of how to explore this shopping street is in chapter 25.7.

Senior Route: Only do tour 7 and skip the Kappabashi Dori. From Ueno you can quickly get to Asakusa with the Ginza line.

Weekday: Thursday

Start: Asakusa [A18, G19]
End: Kuramae [A17, E11]
Detailed directions: Book ③ Tour 25 & 26
Route length: 9.6 km, Senior 5.5 km

Route description: The first part of today's tour is exactly the same as tour 25 in book ③. The second part consists of tour 26 in the same book, but you start the loop from the Sumida River (26.6). If it is already lunchtime, walk the circuit clockwise, otherwise counterclockwise. If time permits, it is worth making a detour to the Tabacco & Salt Museum.

Senior Route: Do either tour 25 or 26. If you only do tour 25, you can also visit Kappabashi Dori (25.7). Or you can take the underground from Asakusa [A18] to Oshiage [A20] to visit the Tokyo Skytree area.

Weekday: Friday

Start: Kuramae [A17, E11]
End: Tokyo Station [JY01, M17]
Detailed directions: Book ② Tour 18 & 9 / Book ③ Tour 6 & 28
Route length: 10.8 km, Senior 5.7 km

Route description: First walk tour 18 from book ②, but only as far as Okazu Yokocho (18.5). Unfortunately, book ② with tour 18 is only available in German so far, so here is a list of the most important sights along the route of tour 18: Kuramae Shrine, Kuramae-Shogakko Dori, Almost Perfect, Satake Shotengai and Okazu Yokocho. From there, head back west across Kuramaebashi Dori. After 1000 m you will reach the railroad tracks where the Aki-Oka Artisan (chapter 6.9 in book ③) is located underneath. From there, use tour 6 in book ③ to explore Akihabara. Here some sights you can explore from tour 9 of book ② while walking furhter south towards Nihonbashi: Yanaginori Shrine, Ebihara Shoten, Kanda Matsuya and Saito Coffee. From Kanda Station, Nichihin Dori takes you directly to Coredo Muramachi Terrace (chapter 28.7 in book ③) on Edo Dori. Now just follow tour 28 in book ③ in reverse order. From Nihombashi Station, the Etai Dori takes you back to Tokyo Central Station.

Senior Route: Skip the first part of the route by taking the Ginza line from Asakusa [G18] to Suehirocho [G14]. If necessary, use public transport or a taxi again from Mitsukoshimae or Nihonbashi to return to the end point of the tour or your hotel.

Weekday: Saturday

Photo impressions of the day's routes