Running is a very popular sport in Japan and the Tokyo Marathon is hugely oversubscribed at registration time.
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 10.7 km race. The marathon and 10.7 km starts at 9:10 a.m. The 10 km race is due to end at 11:10 a.m. and the marathon at 4:10 p.m.
10.7km Race: ¥5,600
Find out about more marathons in Japan in our article.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.