Kobe, Japan

Kobe River Paths

Mark Mrwizard

 The best bet for a longer run in Kobe is to head to the river paths throughout the city. We’ve mapped three distinct routes.

Toga River. 4 km out and back. These are some of the best paths for running. The mouth of the river is located near Nadahama Science Square in Nada Ward. From here, runners can follow the path inland for up to 2 km until the river splits at Shinohara Park. Don’t expect a highly manicured promenade, and keep in mind this simple concrete towpath can get slippery in wet weather – but stone waterfalls and cherry blossoms make this a pleasant route nonetheless. ROUTE MAP.

Sumiyoshi River. 5 km out and back. The towpaths along the Sumiyoshi River are also great for running. From Sumiyoshigawa Park to Seiryunomichi Park is 2.5 km (one-way). There are paths on both sides of the small river. ROUTE MAP.

Shinminato River. 3.2 km out and back. There are also some quite nice brick paths along this river in Nagato Ward. From Shin-Minatogawa Park near Kosoku-Nagata Station, there’s a path along the east side of the river to Egeyama Park for 1.6 km one-way. ROUTE MAP.