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Updated: March 31, 2023
Tokyo has many charming features such as its history, culture, and nature. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is taking steps to reproduce cycling and running courses from various parts of Tokyo in a VR space in order to make its richly varied scenery widely known to people in Japan and overseas.
Here are five new virtual courses: Inagi City, Ogasawara Village / Chichijima, Koto City, Sumida City, and Hachijojima.
Inagi City was the starting point of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics cycling course. The Onekan (Minami-Tama One Kansen Road) and Tama River Cycling Course are meccas for cyclist enthusiasts. There are also numerous statues of characters from mecha anime scattered here and there, making it a fun area to search for robots. It's a good course for cycling about 12.9 kilometers long.
This is tourist information center is distinguished by its monuments of a Gundam and Zaku from Mobile Suit Gundam. Here, you can buy special produce grown in the city and exclusive manhole cover goods. A Scopedog from Armored Trooper VOTOMS sits in the plaza in front of PEAR TERRACE, attracting countless anime fans.
Address: 516-2 Higashinaganuma, Inagi City, Tokyo
Many cyclists travel on the Minami-Tama One Kansen Road, also known as Onekan. It is popular for its ups and downs and sufficient width that are comfortable for cycling. Cyclists can rest at various cafes close to the road.
Chichijima of the Ogasawara Islands is located in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo. The biggest charm of this island is its world-class, precious, irreplaceable nature that has made it registered as a World Natural Heritage Site. Many endemic and rare species live and grow here. Here, we will introduce the 11-km cycling course that runs along the sea and mountains.
Omura Beach, which is a short walk from the center of the village, is famous for having a lot of coral dust, fragments of broken coral branches. This sandy beach is very beautiful and brilliantly white as far as you can see.
Address: Chichijima, Ogasawara Village, Tokyo
A long, winding, uphill climb on the west side of the mountains will take you to the Weather Station Observatory. Here, you can get a spectacular view of the sunset and the sea below. You can also see humpback whales during the whale-watching season.
Address: Chichijima, Ogasawara Village, Tokyo
There are 11 inhabited islands in Tokyo. Among them, the Izu Islands have the model course for Hachijojima. With great expanses of nature and an atmosphere reminiscent of a southern island, this 19.1-km course feels like another world. Go for an exhilarating ride through the northern half on your bicycle.
The dark rock ground here was created by lava that erupted from Mt. Hachijo-Fuji. The area is 500 meters long and 100 meters wide and has a view of Hachijo-Kojima across the water. The view at sunset is exceptional.
Address: Okago, Hachijo Town, Tokyo
As you head west from the starting point, you will see Okataura Enchi Park with its neatly maintained grass along the coast. Located between the deep blue ocean and Mt. Hachijo-Fuji, it is a popular spot where you can enjoy picnics and barbecues.
Address: Okago, Hachijo Town, Hachijojima, Tokyo
This is a walking course about five kilometers long that takes you around Koto City, a town with a passion for sports and empathy. The bay area in Koto City is where the emotionally packed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were held. This course will take you around the archives of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and places that are popular overseas such as Toyosu Market.
Toyosu Market, the central wholesale market that supports the diet of people in Tokyo. Visitors can enter through a visitor’s coursethat is open to the general public, and you can watch an impactful tuna auction. It is a popular sightseeing spot with restaurants that handle fresh ingredients and shops that sell authentic tools.
Address: 6-6-1 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo
This all-purpose facility was used as a contest venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and can accommodate up to 15,000 people. With a vision of becoming Tokyo's new sports and culture hub, it offers a variety of entertainment, including sports, concerts, and plays. Along with the arena, the Ariake area has other large facilities and is filled with a sporty and exciting atmosphere.
Address: 1-11-1 Ariake, Koto City, Tokyo
Sumida City was built as the birthplace of Edo culture. The new landmark TOKYO SKYTREE appears harmoniously on this 5.4-km course where you can feel the history of Edo and the present day of Tokyo.
Next to the starting point is Taito City's world-famous Sensoji Kaminarimon, a symbol of Tokyo.
The Tokyo mizumachi complex is located below the elevated railway connecting the Asakusa area and TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN.
The area is lined with cafes, shops, hostels, and more. You can feel the atmosphere of the waterside and the pleasant breeze.
Address: 1 Mukojima, Sumida City, Tokyo
This kaiyu-shiki daimyo (feudal lord) garden was built during the Genroku period (1688-1703) and has water from the ocean. In the past, people enjoyed the scenery as water was drawn from the Sumida River when it rose with the tide. Today, pumps are used to artificially recreate the rise and fall. You can rest here if you're out walking or running.
Address: 1-12-1 Yokoami, Sumida City, Tokyo 130-0015
We have prepared videos of the noteworthy spots in the five areas above.
You can watch them through the following links.
The courses introduced here have been reproduced in the virtual sports app ROUVY so that you can experience them virtually. By using smart rollers and stride sensors compatible with the app, anyone can easily enjoy them any time, anywhere.
Links to each ROUVY course
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is holding a photo contest in order to show the world the various wonders of the five areas featured here. You can enter the contest by posting photos that capture wonders or exciting moments in the areas, or by using the virtual sports app ROUVY to experience the courses, taking photos or screenshots of scenes you like or recommend, and posting them on social media.
There are amazing prizes, so feel free to participate.
Click here for details