Festivals & Events
Kobe Marathon 神戸マラソン
Kobe's popular and iconic marathon is its biggest running event, and you can race too
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 and continues to grow each year.
- Bringing your running shoes and joining the race
- Seeing the stone monument commemorating Japan's first marathon, held in Kobe in 1909
There have been 14 different race winners (male and female) in the seven marathons to date
The three theme colors of green, cerulean blue and red, symbolize the mountains, ocean and sun
How to Get There
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 friendship and overcoming adversity, 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.