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Fukuoka, Japan

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Fukuoka

Fukuoka is Japan’s sixth largest city and the capital of the Fukuoka prefecture. It’s a scenic setting along the Hakata Bay on the northern coast of Kyushu, surrounded on three sides by mountains. As the nearest point to the Asian mainland, Fukuoka has long been considered an entryway to Japan. Fukuoka is famous for its sandy beaches, tasty seafood, and historic Hakata old town. There’s some wonderful running in Fukuoka, thanks to a nice network of scenic waterfront paths and pleasant parks. Fukoka

The signature run in Fukuoka is Ohori Park, which connects to many of the top sightseeing areas in the city’s central section. Some of the best places to run in Fukuoka are along the waterfront, including  Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Kashiihamakita Park, and Momochi Seaside Park. For a long run, the paths along the Muromi River are a good bet. Near Fukuoka Airport, there’s nice running at Higashi Hirao Park, with fields, athletic facilities, and a running track. Note that many of these routes are interconnected, so you can mix and match favorite sections. 

Fukuoka has a great public transportation system. There are three subway lines that connect the city, as well as an extensive bus network. For visitors, the 100 Yen Bus line through the city center is a convenient choice.

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Fukoka has a humid sub-tropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Runners should be aware of the summer heat, with temperatures hovering near 32C (90F), and sultry nights. Winters are pleasant, with daytime high temperatures near 10C (50F) and nights around 4C (40F). Note also Fukooka’s abundant precipitation: some 1,700 mm (63 inches) annually. June & July can be especially rainy, with frequent downpours.

Most Fukuoka hotels are situated near Hakata, with a few options along the waterfront. Find more information on places to stay at Visit Fukuoka. Many of our routes are centrally located near Hakata, or easily reachable by metro.

Fukuoka has a number of running stores, primarily chains. Stride Lab, is a great running shop and there are outlets for Asics, Nike, and Adidas.

The once famous Fukuoka Marathon had its last running in 2021. Stride Lab lists a calendar of running events in Fukoka. If you know of other upcoming events in Fukuoka, get in touch!