We are pleased to be appointed the exclusive tour operator in the U.S. and Canada for the Tokyo Marathon. The event has become the most popular running event in Japan, if not the world, with about 320,000 runners vying for an entry through the lottery. As an exclusive tour operator, we can offer a guaranteed entry when you book one of our packages.
Running has always been a revered sport in Japan. Naoko Takahashi was the first woman to break the 2:20 barrier when she ran 2:19:46 in the 2001 Berlin Marathon. The country was known mostly for the Fukuoka Marathon and Osaka Ladies Marathon, which were created for elite athletes only. The Tokyo Marathon has embraced all runners in an attempt to become one of the world’s most popular international events. In 2012, it was selected as the sixth Abbott World Marathon Major!
The Tokyo Marathon is a large-scale international marathon race with a total number of runners capped at 37,500.
The new course that was introduced in 2017 for the Tokyo Marathon has the Marathon start at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku with the new finish line near the Imperial Palace in Gyoko-dori.
From the start, the course will take runners through Kanda, Nihombashi, Asakusa Kaminarimon, Ryogoku, Monzen-nakacho, Ginza, Takanawa and Hibiya and runners will cross the finish in Gyoko-dori at Tokyo Station.
With its blend of the old and new, Tokyo provides a fantastic venue for one of the worlds greatest marathons. Options to explore are endless, the city is bursting with everything necessary to satisfy the fascinations of culture vultures, history buffs, tech enthusiasts and foodies alike.