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Nagoya, Japan

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Nagoya and Vicinity

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Nagoya is the third largest city in Japan, and capital of the Aichi Prefecture. With its location on the Pacific coast on central Honshu, Nagoya is an important shipping an manufacturing hub. Although dense and industrial, there are some good spots for running in Nagoya — mainly in a series of small to moderate parks and some pleasant paths along the city’s numerous rivers. Our thanks to H&R Group and Marc Guthrie for some of the route suggestions!

The best places to run in Nagoya include numerous parks — including Meijo and Tsuruma are centrally located, while Shonai Ryokuchi Park, and Heiwa park are larger. There are also paths along the Shonai/Yara rivers, and along the Yamazaki and Tenpaku Rivers.

Like other Japanese cities, transport is outstanding. All our routes are easily accessible via subway or train, and the extensive transport allows for some fun one-way running options! Note that summers in Nagoya are hot, humid, and wet.

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Meijo Park

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Shonai Ryokuchi Park

Nagoya, Japan

One of the larger green spaces in Nagoya. There are numerous paths, fields, tennis courts, and a small boat pond. Choose your own path or use the marked 1.8 and 2.3 km loops. For a longer run, connect to our Shonai/Yada River route.

Nagoya has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot, humid, and wet, while winters are cool but not frigid. In summer, average temperatures climb to near 31C (88F), and stay warm at night. In winter, days approach 10C (near 50F), with nights around freezing. There can be snow snow, but rarely severe. It rains a lot in summer, mainly in the form of downpours.

There are numerous outlets of running shoe companies in Nagoya, notably Asics and New Balance.

Stride Lab is a great local store and they do Group Runs on Wednesdays.