Sapporo City RUN
Sapporo City RUN Sapporo City RUN

Sapporo, the city where you can run the Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon course

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Sapporo City RUN


Casually run around Sapporo from today on!

In the summer of 2021, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were held, and the 42.195 km course running through the City of Sapporo was chosen for the marathon, the main event.

Since 1987, the Hokkaido Marathon, held in late August, has been considered a qualifying race for the World Athletics Championships and the Olympics.

Additionally, many citizen runners participate in the Sapporo Marathon, a civic marathon held in early October.

There are many running enthusiasts in Sapporo, and running is a popular part of the lives of its citizens.

"Sapporo City RUN" introduces recommended courses in the City of Sapporo where each runner can run "easily and comfortably" according to their own pace.

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RUN advisors will select and introduce recommended courses tailored to each runner's level.

RUN advisor: Ken Ishii
(Sapporo EXCEL ATHLETE CLUB, Representative Director/Coach)

Born in Sapporo. After working as a junior top team coach and an external coach for a high school track and field club, he launched the Sapporo EXCEL ATHLETE CLUB in 2016. He has experience as a coach for the Japanese national team at the IAU World Championships, and is currently focusing on developing long-distance athletes who can compete in international competitions.

When you want to run lightly

Nakajima Park course
(approx. 1 km per lap)

Nakajima Park, which is located in the center of Sapporo but offers beautiful scenery throughout the seasons, has a course that is approximately 1 km in length.
The circular course, which even beginners can enjoy at a leisurely pace, has distance indicators every 250 m, making it easy to set your goals.
Intermediate and advanced athletes can do 20 to 40 laps to get solid training for a half or full marathon.

When you want to run hard

Munich-ohashi Bridge course
(approx. 10 km)

The riversideof the Toyohira River is a flat, easy-to-run course with no traffic lights.
Many runners run here even in winter, and the snow is often trodden down, so you can enjoy a stress-free run on the snow.
The Munich-ohashi Bridge, named after the German city of Munich, which has a sister-city relationship with the City of Sapporo, is also recommended for a night run as it is lit up at night.
A popular course among runners of Sapporo Machi RUN Nakajima Park.

Walking around the Tokyo Olympic nameplate

Olympic Memorial course
(approx. 12 km)

This is a course where you can experience the legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by visiting commemorative nameplates at the 5 km and 10 km marks in the first half of the marathon course and the start/finish points.
There is one uphill section along the way, but it is relatively flat and easy to run.
Along the road of Hiragishi street, where the 10 km nameplate is located, there are many cafes and gourmet spots where you can order takeout, so you can even enjoy a gourmet run! Recommended for beginners as well.

"Sapporo Machi Run Guide" are also available at the gymnasiums of each ward

The term Machi means city in Japanese and Machi RUN is the activity of running in and around the city.

Facilities for runners in Sapporo

Details of each spot

Sapporo Machi RUN Nakajima Park

Five minutes’ walk from the Horohira-Bashi Station on the Namboku Line of the Sapporo Municipal Subway.
The Nakajima Sports Center, which is popular among Sapporo citizens, has opened Sapporo Machi RUN Nakajima Park, where those who want to run or walk can use dedicated lockers and showers. We also have rental goods, so you can run as soon as you feel like it!


Sapporo Nakajima Sports Centre

1-5 Nakajima Koen, Chuo-ku, SapporoMAP

TEL : 011-530-5906
FAX : 011-530-5907

5-minute walk from exit 1 of Horohirabashi Station of the Namboku Subway Line.

Parking is limited, so please use public transportation.

Sapporo Nakajima Sports Centre

In Winter: until February 29, 2024 (Thursday)
In Summer: scheduled to open from May 2024


9:00-21:00 (last entry 20:00 / rental items must be returned by 20:45)
Closed on the 4th Monday of the month (in accordance with the closing days of the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Centre).

Contact information

E-mail :

Usage fee


Coupon ticket (6 pieces)



Lockers (16 each for men and women) / Shower rooms / Changing rooms / Amenity kit (shampoo/conditioner/body soap) / Face towels

Rental goods
  • Running T-shirts


  • Shorts


  • Windbreaker (top)


  • Woven pants


  • ※Rental clothing is the same as during the summer period. Please note that shoes are not available for rental.

Application form for use of Machi Run Nakajima Park
(PDF:468KB) Download

◆Application forms are also available at the Nakajima Sports Centre reception desk.



Rental goods

Rental goods selected by top athletes that can be used by everyone from beginners to advanced athletes.

Click here for "RUN NORTH SAPPORO" operated by RUN advisor Ken Ishii

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We are receiving support from the Hokkaido Tourism Organization's
“Promotional Project to Create Tourism Destination Utilizing Local Attractiveness in 2023.”