Since arriving, approximately one month ago, to Nagoya, Japan we’ve been exploring the city on foot. We’ve braved the humidity and dodged the bikers to log our miles. The sidewalks often surprise us with there undulating tiles, but they’re still more secure than in Buenos Aires. We rarely finish a run without encountering a stray cat or two but no cat fights yet. We’ve run by temples, shrines, rice fields, the Shinkansen, ancient Mayan artifacts donated by Mexico City and the Hollywood stars donated by Los Angeles. We’ve crossed bridges and rivers and homeless shanty towns and we’re loving learning the city through running.
We’ve run around Nagoya Castle and plotted our outer and inner Castle loops. Running along the moats emphasizes how massive the fortress once was. The castle was protected by two moats and four guard towers and we can still run by them today. The castle was originally built in 1612, bombed in World War II during an air raid and reconstructed in 1957. We’re pretty pleased to say that running around a castle with the original moats and castle walls still intact is a regular occurrence.
The Outer Castle Loop
Terrain: It’s a sea level fairly flat run on concrete sidewalks with views of Nagoya Castle and the inner and outer castle moats. There’s plenty of tree cover to protect from the heat. Midway through the run there’s a park with a 1300m gravel running track, which will be the spot for future track workouts.
Distance: 6 miles
Route: From Nagoya Station to the outer moat of Nagoya Castle around the moat and back.
The Inner Castle Loop
Terrain: It’s the same terrain as the outer loop plus there’s a 1/4 mile strip of vine covered pergolas, which are quite beautiful to run beneath.
Distance: 4 miles
Route: Nagoya Station to the inner moat of Nagoya Castle around and back.