Tokyo Night Walk (30km+ in about 13hrs) – Day 252

I am shattered.

I just arrived home after walking for nearly 13hrs from Tokyo station, back to the dormitory in Kodaira from midnight until roughly 3pm. It was certainly an adventure that I will never forget.

The reason why I walked for so long was because I took part in an event called Tokyo Night Walk. As the name suggests, we walked through Tokyo at night, visiting all the famous sights, with hardly anybody around.

Group 2 - before leaving the dorm for Tokyo Station

Group 2 – before leaving the dorm for Tokyo Station

The event was organised by ISDAK, the International Students Dormitory Association of Kodaira (they also organised the music parties and mochi making events that I mentioned in previous posts), who planned out a route for us to follow that would take us to all the best sight-seeing spots.

We received maps and a mission pack

We received maps and a mission pack

We were split into groups of roughly 8 people, and arrived at Tokyo station just after midnight. The staff handed us maps and some missions to do at various spots along the map – like taking photos while doing funny poses etc.

Photo mission: Re-enacting Sakuradamon

Photo mission: Re-enacting Sakuradamon

Another photo mission: Famous British Band, can you guess who?

Another photo mission: Famous British Band, can you guess who?

To make sure everyone was ok and staying together, there were five checkpoints marked out on the map, where ISDAK staff members were waiting to greet us with snacks and drinks.

Apparently, there were over 40 people taking part in the event but not everybody made it to the end. At each checkpoint, after signing in, you were allowed to leave your group and take the train home.

Checkpoint 1 snack break

Checkpoint 1 snack break (around 3am)

Check Point 3 - late morning time

Check Point 3 – late morning time

Although it’s a pretty straightforward route back to the dormitory from Tokyo station, the route that ISDAK had given us took us round to lots of sight-seeing areas which is why it took so long. At the beginning, everything was ok as it was pretty cool and the temperature was just right. But when it started getting lighter, it got pretty hot at around 11am and I was sweating so much during the last stretch home.

The Night Walk started off at Tokyo station.

Around Tokyo Station

Around Tokyo Station

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Near the Imperial Palace

Near the Imperial Palace

Then we headed towards Ginza.

Around Ginza

Around Ginza

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Time Check - 2.30am

Time Check – 2.30am

The first checkpoint was actually near Tokyo Tower so we managed to take some photos before setting off again.

Approaching sunrise

Approaching sunrise

Tokyo Tower - Half lit up

Tokyo Tower – Half lit up

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We then soon approached Omotesando – this was followed by Harajuku,  and then Shinjuku.

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Expensive area - Omotesando

Expensive area – Omotesando

Cool artwork

Cool artwork

Harajuku - Takeshita Dori

Harajuku – Takeshita Dori

Part of the route included a trek through Meiji Jingu Shrine by Harajuku, which was lovely and peaceful.

Meiji Jingu Shrine Gate

Meiji Jingu Shrine Gate

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Many people decided to retire at Shinjuku, but the others that were still continuing on in my group, we decided to have breakfast at Denny’s before setting off again.

Breakfast

Breakfast

The rest of the journey lead us to Kichijoji, Mitaka, Koganei, and then Kodaira.

Since so many people decided to go home after Shinjuku (second checkpoint) half way through the Night Walk my group became 3 people instead of 8. In the end, I ended walking with two other girls from completely different groups and we arrived at the dormitory first out of everyone at around 3pm .

Towards the end of the walk - maybe about 2hrs from Kodaira

Towards the end of the walk – maybe about 2hrs from Kodaira

It was a tiring, but fantastic experience. My feet are killing me and I’ve been advised to go and stretch and massage my legs. I’m a bit worried I’m not going to be able to cycle/walk tomorrow. As we were on the move so much, most of my night shots came out blurry, but I hope you enjoyed looking at them. Unlike most of the other things I have taken part in within the dormitory, I don’t think I’ll be doing the Night Walk again any time soon, but I’m so glad I did it! Thank you ISDAK!

We made it back! First ones back!

We made it back! First ones back!

Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Tokyo Night Walk (30km+ in about 13hrs) – Day 252

  1. That’s actually amazing, sounds like a great experience!

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