Run in the City! 3 Best Running Courses of Osaka


When visiting Osaka, a city known as “people spend all their money on food," you might actually eat more than you should. If so, why don’t you go for a run, which combines sightseeing and adjusting your condition at the same time? Here, we introduce you to some running courses where you can meet great sceneries of Osaka.

“Nakanoshima Course” is where to enjoy Osaka, the city of waterways (Kita-ku)

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If you’d like to enjoy the sceneries of Osaka, the city of waterways, Nakanoshima is where to go. If you just want to casually jog, we highly recommend the 900 meter circular course in Nakanoshima Park, where beautiful flowers of the season bloom. Or, if you want to do some serious running, the 7.5 km course stretching from east to west, and circling Nakanoshima Park, is a choice. The place is flat, almost no ups and downs. You will enjoy seeing good old buildings like Osaka City Central Public Hall while you run along the waterside.

(c) Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

(c) Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

If you run in Nakanoshima area, “Mizuno Running Station,” located near Yodoyabashi Station on Midosuji Line subway is highly recommended. They have men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms. Fully equipped powder rooms and dressers should make the ladies happy. They support runners in various ways: holding events, giving advice on running shoes and more.

●Mizuno Running Station Yodoyabashi
●4-1-23, Kitahama, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka

This is sightseeing running! “Osaka Castle Park” (Chuo-ku)

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Many joggers crowd Osaka Castle Park during weekends and holidays. There is nothing like running while looking at Osaka Castle’s main keep. The outer course is about 5 km, and the inside course is 3 km. There are many diverging points in the park, which allows you to choose courses depending on your feeling and condition.

(c) Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

There are many “running stations” around Osaka Castle area. The one we highly recommend is “Jogsta Terrace,” located just 200m from the castle. They have fully equipped locker rooms, showers, and also a good selection of drinks and food. It’s a great place to spend time after running!

●Jogsta Terrace
●Canal Tenmabashi 1F, 1-6-18, Katamachi, Miyakojima-ku, Oosaka-shi, Osaka
●Closed on Mondays (open when Mondays are holidays)

Running through the woods - “Nagai Park” (Higashi Sumiyoshi-ku)

Nagai Park is Osaka’s representative multi-purpose park, where various sporting events are held, and has a total area of 65.8 hectares. There are 3 areas in the park: a sports facility, a botanical garden, and a nature park, allowing you to enjoy yourself in different ways. There is a 5 km long distance running course within the extensive premises, and is well-lighted during nighttime for you to enjoy running in a safe atmosphere.

Further, within the park, you will find a convenience store, a café, and restaurant. Inside Yanmar Stadium Nagai, there is Nagai Training Center, a sports gym, but you can also just use their lockers and showers if you’d like to.

●Nagai Park
●1-1, Nagai Koen, Higashi Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●06-6691-2500 (stadium management office)
●06-6699-8885 (training center)
●Closed Mondays (the following day if it is a national holiday)

*The above information was last updated March 8, 2017. For further details, please contact the facilities directly.

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