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The Tokyo Marathon Week

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  • 02
  • 2018

Nobody does experiences better than Japan! When it comes to Expos and events, Japan is best known for extensive celebrations that go on for weeks and months at a time. The Tokyo Marathon will be held on February 25 but they’ve got quite a lot of activities lined up for the most part of February.

The Tokyo Marathon Week…or Should We Say, Weeks?

Although the Tokyo Marathon formally starts on February 24, Tokyo sets the mood early in the first week of February through a medals exhibition by Tanaka Kikinzoku Group, the company responsible for crafting the marathon’s medals since 2007.


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The medal display started on February 2 and will run until February 12, 2018, at the Ginza Store in Tokyo.


Fun Fact: The medals awarded to the winners of this prestigious event are made out of pure gold, silver, and copper.


A few days before the actual race opens, the 3-day Tokyo Marathon Expo officially welcomes participants and provides a rewarding opportunity for exhibitors  (shoe companies, sporting goods manufacturers, etc.) to showcase quality products that runners and sports enthusiasts fancy.


The Expo runs from the 22nd of February until the 24th and held at the Tokyo Big Site’s West Hall.

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On the 24th, a parade is held signaling that the date of the race is approaching. Runners along with their supporters race their country’s flags as they walk the streets of Marunouchi while spectators watch in the sidelines.Mini fun runs are also held to celebrate family and friendships.


It’s a colorful day worth celebrating that calls for fun and creative costumes without regard for comfort.

Fireworks are lit by 5:30 pm on the same day to put a cap on the activities held in the 24th and to indicate that it’s only a few hours until the Tokyo Marathon will start.


Here’s a map of the 40-kilometer run.


The marathon not only aims to provide participants a competitive platform to exercise their love for the sport but also the opportunity to see Japan as a multi-faceted nation with a rich culture.


Location Details


Symbol Promenade Park


1-8-1 Daiba Koto, Tokyo 135-0091 Japan

Event Date

February 24, 2018

Hours & Fees

Fun run starts at 11:00 AM | Fun run participants pay a registration fee of JPY 3,000 while it's free for spectators

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