Kyoto, Japan

Nijō Castle Paths

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Nijō Castle (Nijo-jo) was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867). It’s centrally located and a popular spot to visit in Kyoto. One can visit the beautiful grounds and also get a tour of the castle.

Nijō Castle is also a popular spot in Kyoto for running. There’s a route around the perimeter of the castle that is 1.8 km (1.1 miles), which is relatively free of road crossings or traffic lights. So you might have to do a few laps to get a longer run…but you’ll see other runners!

Longer Run: The Imperial Palace route is 1 km away. Use Marutamachi dori (street). The Kama river paths are also nearby.


  • 1.8 km around the perimeter. For a longer run, combine with nearby Imperial Palace or Kamo River routes
  • Flat
  • Short walk from Nijojo-mae Station along the Tozai Subway Line.