Sun, Mar

Tokyo Marathon 2024

9:05am – 4:10pm

Running is a very popular sport in Japan and the Tokyo Marathon is hugely oversubscribed at registration time.

But even if you are not running the event, there’s a festive atmosphere along the course so it’s worth checking out. Good places to watch are near the starting point: the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, near Tokyo Station where the race finishes, or in Ginza where you can combine viewing with some shopping — but wherever you watch it from, expect crowds.

Typically, there are about 38,000 runners — 37,500 for the marathon and 500 for the 10km race. The event usually starts with the wheelchair marathon and 10km at 9:05 a.m., followed by the marathon and 10km starting at 9:10 a.m. The 10km races are due to end at 10:50 a.m. and the marathon at 4:10 p.m.


Note that although watching the race is free, entering is not. For 2023, it cost ¥23,300 for residents and ¥25,300 for non-residents, while the 10km cost ¥12,400 for residents and ¥13,500 for non-residents.

Find out about more marathons in Japan in our article.

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