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!
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I hadn't realized from the Marathon Tours website how many activities were included in the package, nor that the hotel was so extremely close to the marathon start point. So the only recommendation I can give is maybe sell your package more strongly, because it was a great deal.
Everything was planned perfectly. Nicole and the Marathon Tours staff did a fantastic job in communicating everything that was needed, such as tips about getting to the hotel from the airport, places to visit, and what to expect about the race registration process.