Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is a city of 1.5 million located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. The city sits in a valley and is surrounded by mountains on three sides. Since Kyoto is one of the few Japanese cities that still have an abundance of prewar buildings, such as the traditional townhouses known as machiya. This is our guide to running in Kyoto, Japan.
Like many Japanese cities, Kyoto is densely populated. The central part is laid out in a grid pattern. The best places to run in Kyoto are the garden-like grounds of the Imperial Palace, and nearly 30 km of paths along the Kamo River. The main business district lies just to the south of the Palace, while Kyoto’s greener sections are to the north.
Kyoto has fantastic transportation system consisting of municipal buses, rail, and two subway lines: the green colored Karasumal line and the vermilion colored Tōzai line.