If you love running, and are in Osaka either for work or pleasure, you don’t have to miss your regular running session. The city has a several spots designed for runners, where runners can break into a sweat and burn off some calories, in style. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular running tracks the city has to offer.
1.Osaka Castle Park
Osaka Castle Park is a large park in the centre of Osaka, and is a popular venue for several sports activities. The large track in the Osaka Castle Park serves as a perfect spot for running. You may have to dodge some tourists, but its not something you need to worry about too much. Each lap is 3.4 kms, and you can take an extended round, and cover up to 8 kms. The extended run has a maximum elevation of 42.14 mtrs, and gives a great view of the Osaka Castle, and runs past cherry trees, a plum orchard and even some historic landmarks. There are several “running stations” around the Castle, which are equipped with locker rooms and showers to help you freshen up after a jog.
The best way to reach Osaka Castle Park is through Otemon Gate at the Southwestern corner of the park. Tanimachi 4-chrome station is the closest station on the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line. For those travelling on the JR Loop line, the closest station is Osakajokoen Station, 10 minutes away from JR Osaka Station.
Name:Osaka Castle Park
Address:1-1Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City,Osaka
Business hour: 9:00-16:00
Phone number:(+81) 6-6755-4146
Nagai Park is a popular multi-purpose park, that covers almost 70 hectares within Osaka.It is quite a common sight to watch people walking or jogging along the long distance jogging track at Nagai Park, early in the morning. The 5 km running track is well-lit even at night, making it a perfect and safe spot for running even at slightly odd hours. It also has lockers and showers you can use post your run. The park also conducts Slow Jogging Classes within the premises of Nagai Park, which is great to strengthen the muscles in your legs and torso, as well as adapting your tendons and joints to the stress of running. So, if you have never thought about Slow Jogging, head on out to Nagai Park, and learn something new.
Getting to Nagai Park is fairly simple. It’s a short walk from Nagai Station on the Midosuji Subway Line, or from Nagai Station on the JR Hanwa Line.
Address:1-1, Nagai Koen, Higashi Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Phone number:(+81) 6-6699-8885 (Training Centre)
Official website: http://www.nagaipark.com.e.aax.hp.transer.com/
The 900 meter Nakanoshima circular running track is a good choice for some light morning jogging, on a flat surface. It’s a particularly great track to run, if you want to run in the middle of beautiful rose gardens and beside beautiful waterways. Nakanoshima also has a great 7.5 km course for serious running, circling the park. There is a unique spiral ramp on the eastern bridge of the park, which allows runners to run uninterrupted along the northern bank of the river. Another reason to run here is that you will see many locals come to this park to practice for their marathon training, so you will never feel lonely while running.
The easiest way to reach Nakanoshima Park is to walk from Yodayabashi Station on Midosuji Subway or the Keihan Line.
Address:1 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City,Osaka
Phone number:(+81) 6-6312-8121
Whether you are a casual jogger, or a serious runner, Osaka has a lot of places where you can burn up a few calories, while enjoying the natural beauty around you. It is a well planned city, with many facilities for runners and sports persons at prominent locations within the city. These are just a few of the spots the city has to offer, but I’m sure you will find a lot more, once you put on your running shoes.
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