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Hiroshima, Japan

A Guide to The Best Places to Run in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima, a city of 2 million people, has been impressively rebuilt after the devastating atomic bomb attack of August 1945. Many people visit the city for its Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hiroshima is situated on the Ōta River delta, on Hiroshima Bay, facing the Seto Inland Sea on its south side. The river’s six channels divide Hiroshima into several islets. This interesting geography makes for excellent opportunities for running in Hiroshima. The main streets are also wide and have good sidewalks.

The signature run in Hiroshima is our somber and inspirational ‘runseeing’ tour, which includes Peace Memorial Park, Central Park, Hiroshima Castle, historic gardens, river paths, and Peace Blvd. We’ve also designed several routes along Hiroshima’s river paths: Ota, Kyobashi, Tenma, and Motoyasu. For some hills, views, art, and blossoms, take a jaunt in centrally located Hijiyama Park. We also love running on Ujina Island, a pleasant seaside escape just south of central Hiroshima.

Hiroshima is a fairly compact city, and all of our running routes are easily accessible by the city’s extensive tram system (trams are called hiroden). The weather is good for running year-round, though quite hot and humid in summer with a lot of rain.

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Tenma River Path

Hiroshima, Japan

Centrally located path along the east side of the Tenma River. Some sections of the path are below road grade, and there are various types of surface. The distance is 4.75 km one-way, with some loop options.
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Hijiyama Park

Hiroshima, Japan

Centrally located Hijiyama Park is a good running option for those who would like to get in some hills, views, art, and blossoms! Perimeter loop is 3 km, accessing mountain peak, observation deck, grounds of the Hiroshima MOCA.
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Motoyasu River Path

Hiroshima, Japan

The path along the Motoyasu River provides another in a series of riverside running options in Hiroshima. It runs from the Heiwao Bridge south for ~4 km. Good options for loops and add-ons.
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Hiroshima has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and cool to mild winters. Runners should be aware that summer temperatures often top 32C (90F), with high humidity and plentiful rain, especially in June and July. Winter is drier, with average high temperatures of 10C (50F) and lows just above freezing.

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RUNNING STORES

There are numerous running stores in Hiroshima, including two outlets of Run+ and several Asics locations.