I have recently moved to Japan, and having competed in college the last four years I am anxious to find clubs/races to get in to. Does anyone have any experience with this? A website or an organization name would be a lot of help.
Not exactly near Tokyo or Osaka, but a great place to visit in February - temps in the low 60's usually, and you the course goes through Kadena Air Force Base - if you are homesick for Americans.
Wicked Wicked downhills the last few miles - but the crowd support and enthusiasm is amazing. You may find the Okinawans are alot more laid back and friendly than the mainlanders. Also, if you run in the low 2:30's you have a shot at winning. :)
Link up with some hashers and in addition to having a fun, easy run and meeting some nice folks, they can steer you to races, clubs, web-links, etc. I've run with the Tokyp Hash when travelling there and you get some serious runners in the mix. They also like to haev a good time.
Enjoy Japan. Where are you in Japan?
I lived in Osaka area for a while. If you are in Osaka, head to the Yodogawa River. There is a very nice long trail about 20km long that it one of my very favorite places to run in the world. Take the Hankyu line to the Juso station, get off there....river is very close...cant miss it.
Getting into races always requires a Japanese-speaking, Japanese-reading connection. There is a RunnersWorld type magazine in most all the bookstores that has a listing of most all the races in Japan.
You have to sign up at least 2 months in advance, and there is no way to get around this, unless you are someone like Naoko Takahashi.
Feel free to axe more questions....jason