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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 think Marathon Tours has an exquisite trip to the Tokyo Marathon. There really isn't a thing I'd change. Also, I should mention that each member of the Marathon Tours staff (I will not mention all the names as I fear I'd leave someone out), went above and beyond to make the event amazing. Then on the Kyoto extension, Nicole (who from the very early planning stages amazed me with her responsiveness and attention to detail) and Alyssa were THE BEST.
Marathon Tours took care of the details - I didn't have to do a lot of pre-trip planning. I knew things would move along smoothly. I also appreciated Marathon Tours lining up the Six Star Finishers Medals - we just let you know it was our 6th and you handled everything from there. Thank you!