Tokyo Marathon 2021

Tokyo Marathon 2021

7 Mar, 2021



Your Tokyo Marathon 2021 experience starts here. With COVID-19 disrupting the training and racing for athletes across the world, Tokyo 2021 will be the first marathon major of the year and one of the first marathons accepting international visitors.

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As marathoners ourselves, the team at Events Travel are looking forward to Tokyo 2021 and have started putting together our range of travel packages. Our Tokyo 2021 Packages will include guaranteed race entry, convenient accommodation, community activities, gear, sightseeing and more. You can trust our experienced team of Travel Experts and runners to ensure your Tokyo 2021 marathon experience is unforgettable.

If you’re interested in a Tokyo Marathon 2021 Package, you can join the waitlist to get an email alert, access to early-bird specials and a priority access window.

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Run the streets of Tokyo from Shinjuku to the Imperial Palace on a fast, urban street course. Tokyo Marathon is one of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors held each year alongside Berlin, London, Boston, Chicago and New York.

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With Tokyo Marathon 2020 cancelled for all non-elite runners, Tokyo Marathon 2021 will be eagerly anticipated by the running world.

The course starts in Shinjuku at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Shinjuku is a business district in central Tokyo; with wide-open streets organised in a grid, good accommodation and train network. Shinjuku Station is the busiest on the planet and sees over 3 million people pass through each day. From Shinjuku, the course heads east and winds its way through central Tokyo past some of the city’s most famous attractions including Kaminarimon, Tokyo Sky Tree, Tomioka Hachiman Shrine, Ginza and the Tokyo Tower; before finishing at Tokyo Station near the Imperial Palace in the Marunouchi area. Overall, the course is flat and fast with a total elevation gain of only 60m and an elevation loss of 98m. The marathon course aims to symbolise the past, present and future of Tokyo and offers a unique perspective of the city with blocked off roads and plenty of cheering supporters.

Tokyo marathon is one of the hardest marathons to get into, with over 350,000 entrants for only 35,000 race entries, making an official travel package valuable and convenient for international visitors. As marathoners ourselves, we know exactly what it takes to have a memorable and fun marathon experience. Our team have run Melbourne, Gold Coast, Tokyo, Berlin and Lake Biwa at a sub-elite level and their experience will resonate throughout the group. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, a Tokyo Marathon package with race entry, accommodation, activities and more, is a sure way to tick this event off your bucket list and hopefully score a new PB.

We look forward to helping you get to the finish line at Tokyo Marathon 2021.

To be the first to hear when Tokyo Marathon 2021 Packages are released, we recommend joining the waitlist. By doing this, you’ll receive an email alert when packages go on sale, access to early-bird offers and a priority access window, so you can book your trip before anyone else.

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Feel like a VIP with community activities with a small group led by experienced runners

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Fast Facts

Distance: 42.195km
Elevation gain: 60m
Elevation loss: 98m
Certification: World Athletics Gold Label and one of six Abbott World Marathon Majors
First race: 2007 (prior it was the Tokyo International Marathon held in even years since 1981 and the Tokyo – New York Friendship International Marathon held in odd years from 1981)
Participants: 38,000 (approximately)
Men’s record: 2:03:58 (Wilson Kipsang from Kenya in 2017)
Women’s record: 2:17:45 (Lonah Chemtai Salpeter from Israel in 2020)
Start: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku
Finish: Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo Station, Marunouchi
Next race: 7 March, 2021

Whats on offer from Events Travel?

  • Event: Tokyo Marathon race entry and community activities
  • Flights: All carriers and destinations
  • Accommodation: Extra nights, room upgrades and more
  • Transport: Coaches, private transfers and car hire
  • Sightseeing: Attractions, day trips and organised tours
  • Custom-made Packages: For individuals and groups of all sizes, including corporate groups and incentives
  • Travel Insurance: Domestic and international policies, including a 15% off base policy discount for Australian residents


Your Host:

Tokyo is an incredible city that blends traditional culture and rich history with a dazzling forward-thinking desire for all things new. Tokyo offers infinite possibilities and is a collection of neighbourhoods that form one of the biggest cities in the world. The sprawling metropolis enchants visitors with dynamic arts, historic culture, delectable food, unique attractions and a respectful and endearing population.
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The Japanese are passionate about marathon running too, it’s their national sport and they sure are good at it. Locals will be out in force to cheer on runners from the front pack all the way to the inspirations bringing up the rear and all the while displaying unfaltering enthusiasm.

Tokyo is one helluva city that will thrill, delight and surprise you.


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March in Tokyo is the first month of spring, weather is still cold, but becoming warmer. Runners should expect average highs of only 14°C and lows of 5°C. Typically the race is around 7°C. We recommend racing in arm sleeves, a beanie, gloves or a long sleeve top or leggings. Our team will be on hand to collect warm clothing from runners at the start line.

Run the streets of Tokyo from Shinjuku to the Imperial Palace on a fast, urban street course

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