19th November 2023
Held over a weekend in the sunny but cool month of November, the Kobe Marathon is one of the city’s most popular sporting events.
The marathon starts at Kobe City Hall, a two-minute walk from Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae Station.
A meaningful run
Open to anyone willing to join, the marathon is built on the concept of gratitude and friendship, while expressing special gratitude to the people who helped the city bounce back from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.
Turning devastation into positivity, the run is dedicated to victims of disaster both in Japan and abroad, as well as giving participants an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of this resilient city.
Drawing a throng of guests from around the region and the rest of the world, the run starts at Kobe City Hall, passes through the heart of the city, crosses the west side of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge , and finishes near the citizen’s square of Port Island.
Capacity is limited to 2000 people, on a first-come, first-served” basis, with extra spots reserved for overseas applicants.
Application in now OPEN until 21st August 2023