Kobe, Japan

Ujigawa Park and Okurayama Park via Venus Bridge

This is one of the most unique runs visitors will find in Kobe. Originally built as an astronomical observatory, this bridge overlooking the port is a popular location for walking (and hill running!) The walkway itself starts near the Suwa Shrine in Chuo Ward, but we’ve mapped a 1.6 km course (one way) from Motomachi Station, passing through lovely Sorakuen Garden. For more mileage, runners can descend the bridge back to Suwayamajido Park and along the riverside Ujigawa Park. There are nice cherry blossom-lined paths along the Ujigawa River all the way to Okurayama Park, where runners can turn around for a ~10 km out and back or hop on the Okurayama Station train for a ~5 km one-way run. 

  • Up to ~10 km (6 miles)
  • 111 meters (365 feet)
  • Motomachi Station
  • Motomachi Station