We are pleased to be appointed the exclusive tour operator in the U.S. and Canada for the Tokyo Marathon 2020. 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 Majors!
Here is the Marathon Tours Deluxe Package itinerary:
Five Nights | February 26 – March 2, 2020
Wednesday, February 26 - Arrive in Tokyo and transfer on your own to your hotel by the Airport Limousine Bus. This evening we will have your Marathon Tours & Travel guides on hand in the lobby to answer your questions and distribute any necessary documents.
Thursday, February 27 – Today we will have a bus transfer to the Tokyo Marathon EXPO 2020 to provide you with first choice of official race gear before items sellout and pick up your race packages, including bibs. Also, if you are one of our many AbbottWMM Six Star Finisher hopefuls in Tokyo you will have time to check-in at the AbbottWMM desk to get final instructions for Race Day. The afternoon is free to enjoy on your own. This evening, we will host a welcome cocktail reception at the Hilton Tokyo. (breakfast and welcome reception included)
Friday, February 28 – Enjoy the camaraderie of old as well as new friends on a day tour of Tokyo’s top sites, including lunch and many locations on the marathon course. The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy on your own. (breakfast and lunch included)
Saturday, February 29 – Today is free to explore Tokyo on your own. Some activities we recommend include: the Tokyo Marathon Friendship Run 2020, a sushi cooking class, bullet train day tours and/or a visit the Tokyo Tower to shop at Roppongi Hills. We are happy to provide suggestions. This evening we will gather for the pre-race pasta dinner and race briefing at the Hilton Tokyo. (breakfast and dinner included)
Sunday, March 1 - Race Day! The race starts at 9:10 AM at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, a short walking distance from your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon on your own before we gather for a celebration reception at the Park Hyatt Tokyo! (breakfast and celebration reception included)
Monday, March 2 - Today concludes the Tokyo Marathon package. Airport transfers are on your own. If you are extending your tour with additional days in Tokyo or with one of our two group extension options, enjoy one more night in Tokyo to relax and celebrate. (breakfast and included)