Following the disappointment of the cancellation of the 2012 New York marathon, international race action received a boost last week when it was confirmed that Tokyo would become the sixth World Marathon Major. The big Japanese event joins London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York in the elite marathon club for 2013 (24 February).
Tokyo marathon became a mass participation race in 2007 and now attracts an entry of 300,000 for the 36,000 start places. About 10 percent of the field is from overseas. Demand for Tokyo marathon places make it one of the hardest races in the world to gain entry to.
The dramatic nature of the Japanese city, the impressive course and the huge but disciplined field means that Tokyo marathon is an event with a unique character. The race route starts in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building and passes the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower and the world's largest fish market, before finishing at Tokyo Big Sight Convention Centre.
Tokyo has been on the Sports Tour International programme for a number of years and the company is offering 4,5 and 6 night itineraries for 2013. Sports Tour International advises early booking as the number of guaranteed entry places they have is limited. Entry closing date is 5 December or earlier if the international entry limit is reached.
Sports Tour International packages are based at the impressive Keio Plaza Hotel and there are options to add on a one-day trip to Mount Fuji and a ride on the world famous Bullet train.
For full details of their Tokyo marathon packages visit the Sports Tour International website.