Updated: October 30, 2017
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Tokyo Marathon: One of the Big Six Major World Marathons!

As the 2020 Olympics are drawing close, the Tokyo Marathon of the year 2018 and 2019 are at the center of the focus in the sports world of the City until then. The new course for Tokyo Marathon in 2018 symbolizes the past, present and the future of Tokyo. It's always fun to see the Tokyo Marathon for the interesting-looking costumed participants in the course. Check it out!

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Tokyo Marathon

Mark your date on February 25th, 2018, for the ultimate Tokyo Marathon. General entry application opens from Tuesday, August 1st, 10:00 am (Japan Standard Time). Tokyo Marathon is among the Big Six Marathons in the world and constitutes a major winter event in the capital of Japan. The first and the only country from Asia to hold a major marathon, Japan started the event in 2007 and it became a huge success. 320,794 places are available for both marathon and 10km run race and they get easily filled. Instead of first come first serve basis, there are lotteries for the marathon and the lottery result will be out from September 25th,2017 until October 5th,2017. Tokyo marathon has created a running boom in the country where you can see many other full marathons or half marathons throughout the year.
You can see that there are performers and bands along the whole course singing and cheering for entertainment.
Watching the runners arriving at the finish line is the most exciting part of the marathon.

Marathon [Japan residents - 10,800 Yen (from overseas- 12,800 Yen)]

There are 4 categories of runners (Men, Women, Wheelchair Men, Wheelchair Women). Only people of 19 years of age or older on the day of the event may qualify to participate. There is a limit of 35,500 places. The course goes through traditional areas of Tokyo and modern ones as well. Participants must complete the course within 7 hours for a full marathon and 2 hours and 10 minutes for the wheelchair marathon.

10km race [Japan residents - 5,600 Yen (from overseas- 6,700 Yen)]

There are 5 categories of participants (Junior & Youth, Visually Impaired,
Intellectually Challenged, Organ Transplant Recipients and Wheelchair). Junior and youth runners of the age group from 16 to 18 years old on the day of the event are limited to 500. The course goes through the 4 main locations. From the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to Iidabashi, to Kanda and up to the finish line in Nihombashi. Runners must complete the course within 1 hours 40 minutes for the 10km race and 35 minutes for the wheelchair 10km race.

Other Runs


It is a run that gathers approximately 300 semi-elite athletes from overseas. RUN as ONE first started in 2015 as a platform to gather marathon runners from across Japan. Since 2016, runners from other countries are opened to compete in the Semi-Elite (Overseas) category. However, all applicants must have met the standard qualifying time in the full marathon races (42.195km) held in 2016 and 2017. For instance, only men with a run time of 2:21:01〜2:45:00, and women with a run time of 2:52:01〜3:30:00 are eligible to participate in the race.

Run with Heart

There is also a special marathon for people who run for a charitable cause. 4000 Charity Runners partake in that event.


These are the medals awarded to the winners.
Runners who have partaken in all of the Big Six marathons worldwide will receive this medal.

Fun Facts

You can check out the mascots of the event.
Apparently, you can dress up for Tokyo Marathon. Spot Goku running without passion without using his special skills.


You must be hungry after the long run or even after going there just to watch the races. Have a look at the other links below! They are guides of what you can eat at places along the marathon's course.
Coffee addict. Often hangs around with friends and family for great foods, desserts and cafes.

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