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Running in Japan – The Land Of The Running Sun

Embark on an extraordinary running adventure in the land of the rising sun, Japan. Known for its unique blend of ancient traditions and modern innovations, Japan offers a running experience that seamlessly blends cultural exploration with breathtaking natural beauty. Lace up your running shoes and immerse yourself in the vibrant cities, serene temples, and picturesque landscapes that make Japan a runner’s paradise. Whether you seek a running holiday, a rejuvenating retreat, or a training camp, Japan will captivate your senses and elevate your running journey to new heights.

When To Run In Japan

Japan’s diverse climate offers a range of running opportunities throughout the year. Spring (March to May) treats runners to the stunning cherry blossom season, where parks and streets are adorned with delicate pink blooms. Summer (June to August) offers warm temperatures and vibrant festivals, while autumn (September to November) blankets the landscapes in hues of red and gold. Winter (December to February) brings cooler temperatures, creating a serene atmosphere perfect for exploring Japan’s iconic winter landscapes. Whenever you choose to visit, Japan welcomes runners with open arms.

The Must Run Spots In Japan

Discover the must-run spots in Japan, where ancient traditions and natural wonders converge to create unforgettable running experiences:

Tokyo: Urban Energy and Iconic Landmarks

Begin your running journey in the dynamic capital city of Tokyo. Experience the vibrant energy of this bustling metropolis as you run through its sprawling urban landscapes. Explore the gardens of the Imperial Palace, marvel at the futuristic architecture of Shinjuku, and discover the tranquil paths of Yoyogi Park. For a unique urban trail running experience, head to Mount Takao, located just outside Tokyo, offering scenic trails, lush forests, and panoramic views of the city skyline.

Kyoto: Cultural Splendor and Temples

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Kyoto while indulging in your passion for running. Discover the city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the famous Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and Fushimi Inari Shrine, as you weave through narrow streets and hidden alleys. Explore the serene paths along the Philosopher’s Walk, lined with cherry trees, and experience the Zen-like atmosphere of the moss-covered gardens of Saiho-ji (Kokedera). Kyoto’s blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty will make every run an enchanting journey.

Hokkaido: Nature’s Playground and Mountain Trails

Escape to the northern island of Hokkaido, a haven for trail runners and nature enthusiasts. Experience the wild beauty of its national parks, such as Shikotsu-Toya National Park and Daisetsuzan National Park, where you can traverse challenging mountain trails and marvel at pristine lakes, volcanic peaks, and alpine meadows. Hokkaido’s untamed landscapes offer a serene retreat and an opportunity to connect with nature through your runs.

Run Travel Events in Japan 2023

Japan Running Holidays


Rickey Gates & Trail Run Adventures – Hut Run Hut Japan – August 11-19, 2023

With an island that is over two-thirds mountain and features a wide range of forests, woods, wildflower fields, and bubbling hot springs, its perhaps little surprise that it’s an ideal spot for a trail run adventure. Join Rickey Gates & Trail Run Adventures with a Japan run adventure that starts in the streets of Tokyo, heads to Hakuba and the Japanese Alps, before heading to summit Mt. Fuji. Through it all, there will hot springs, indulgences in Japanese cuisine, and more than a few memories.


Vacation Races – Japan – October 7 – 15, 2023

Get ready to Run with the Rising Sun with this Japan running adventure. While the specifics of this adventure are still to be announced, you can trust in Vacation Races’ track record of success.

Expand Your Running Horizons

Japan is just the beginning of a world filled with extraordinary running adventures. Let our supporting articles be your guide to remarkable destinations across the globe. Experience the stunning trails of New Zealand’s South Island, the vibrant culture of Italy, or the breathtaking landscapes of Norway. Unleash your running potential and explore the world one stride at a time.

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