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 received my Six Star, so hard to beat the feeling of accomplishment. The commradere of the
group, being so well taken care of/supported by the Marathon Tours staff and the Japanese
people themselves....are all tied for next best.
I love meeting fellow runners from the Marathon Tours group, great camaraderie, great stories,
great fun! Insights on the course, start area, recognition of Seven Continents Club and AbbottWMM Six Star finisihers,
you truly feel like a community when you travel with Marathon Tours!