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Tokyo Marathon 2020 (01 March)

Tokyo Marathon 2020 (01 March)

Country Visited: Japan
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  • Running
152000 First Class


Experience the union of history and the 21st century at the newest of the Abbott World Marathon Majors - the Tokyo Marathon 2020. Alongside the crowds and volunteers, there is plenty of sightseeing from the past, present and future. Whether its traditional shrines, modern day skyscrapers and fancy shops in the commercial hubs or stages of performers and bands dotted along the course playing local music and folk dancing, there’s plenty in terms of entertainment on this course. The Tokyo Marathon 2020 is also where the Japanese shed their famous reserve and hit the streets in all manner of fancy dress. This is a marathon and sightseeing tour rolled into one so don’t forget to carry your cameras!

Active Holiday Company is proud to be the Official Tour Operator for the Tokyo Marathon 2020. Get one step closer to that a Six Star Finisher Medal at the Tokyo Marathon 2020!

BOOKINGS OPEN 1 AUGUST 2019. Bookings will close once the maximum number of entrants are filled.

Minimum Child Age

Children below 16 year(s) of age are not allowed for this trip.


Day 1
Arrive- Tokyo (Fri, Feb 28) Open or Close

On arrival in Tokyo, make your way from the airport to the hotel (our detailed travel documents will provide you with information on how you can get to the hotel).
You have the evening free to spend as you please, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples.
You can choose to visit the opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine, known for its towering gate and surrounding woods; Or the Imperial Palace that sits amid large public gardens. The city's many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

Day 2
Tokyo (Sat, Feb 29) Open or Close

You have the entire day at leisure today to explore Japan’s busy capital. From, Ginza -Tokyo's busiest shopping area that is, as iconic as Times Square and much older; to the Ueno Park and Zoo, a paradise-like oasis of green in the heart of the city, Ueno Park is the city's largest green space and one of its most popular tourist attractions.
Feel free to ask us for details if you'd like to join a guided city tour.

If you have opted for to participate in the Tokyo Marathon Friendship Run 2019, you are going to be occupied during the day. However, we would recommend an easy day so you are well rested for the marathon.
Please do make time today to visit the Tokyo Marathon Expo 2019 and collect your bib.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Race Day! (Sun, Mar 01) Open or Close

Race Day is finally here!
There is plenty of entertainment and sight-seeing for runners throughout the course as you go through Iidabashi - Kanda - Nihombashi - Asakusa Kaminarimon - Ryogoku - Monzen-nakacho - Ginza - Takanawa - Hibiya finally ending at Tokyo Station/Gyoko-dori Ave. Throughout, there are stages set up, cheerleaders, marching bands and rock bands performing in random spots and much more excitement.

The transfer back to the hotel from the finishing area of the race is included in your tour price.

Later today you will celebrate at the iconic After Run Party that is like nothing else you will ever experience after any race.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (After Run Party)

Day 4
Depart – Tokyo (Mon, Mar 02) Open or Close

Having checked one of the World Major’s off your list, it’s time to head home today. You will need to make your own way to the airport.
Or do one better and extend your trip to explore the Japanese wonders for a few more days!

Meals: Breakfast



Tokyo - Kieo Plaza
For 2020 Active Holiday Company has upgraded its Tokyo Marathon accommodation to the strategically located and premium, Keio Plaza is a favourite with any runner who is aiming to the Tokyo Marathon. You can’t get closer to the start line and with Shinjuku Station less than ten minutes away you are close to everything. You can access restaurants, shopping malls, pharmacies and even green space for short runs before race day.  

Dates & Prices

KIEO PLAZA   RUNNER (Sharing)  COMPANION (Sharing)  Single Supplement
 3 Nights / 4 Days   Rs.1,52,000  Rs.1,15,000  Rs.55,000
 Extra Nights   Rs.   13,000  Rs.    13,000  Rs.  9,500
Stay Package with Runners with charity / ballot entries: 
 3 Nights/ 4 Days   Rs. 47,900   Rs. 32,000
  • Prices exclude GST 5% 
  • Prices are calculated based on the rate of exchange in July 2020 and are subject to change should there be drastic changes in the ROE between JPY and INR  
  • Your entry is subject to confirmation by Tokyo Marathon 2020. Please do not make any travel arrangements before 01 September 2019. 
  • It is mandatory for you to pick one of the following options with your tour. 
  • Best After Run Party and Six Star Celebration Rs.13,000 per person. See video of the action here  

  • Limited Edition Official Race Jacket Rs.6500 (last date to book is 15 August) 

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • 3 Nights Stay at the 4 star Kieo Plaza near the start line of the race 
  • Daily Breakfast and local taxes applicable
  • One way transfer from the finish area to the hotel on race day (only available with race entry) 
  • Guaranteed Race Entry for the Tokyo Marathon 2020
  • Local Support from Active Holiday Company. Land arrangements operated by KNT. 
  • Detailed travel documents 


  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Terms & Conditions

Payment schedule for the Tokyo Marathon 2020 is as follows:- 
Non-refundable Booking fees: Rs.55,000 per person 
September 15th Rs.60,000 per person 
Final payment due by 31 Dec 2019
Cancellation Policy RUNNER 
Before September 15th - Non-refundable deposit 
On or before 01st Jan 2020 - 60% of the tour price
On or before 25th Jan 2020 - 80% of the tour price 
On or after 26th Jan 2020 - 100% of the tour price 
Cancellation Policy NON-RUNNER 
On or before 01st Jan 2020 - 30% of the tour price
On or before 25th Jan 2020 - 80% of the tour price 
On or after 26th Jan 2020 - 100% of the tour price 
Participants are prohibited from using the event logo for any purpose. 
Entry through a travel agencies not approved by the event organizer are not allowed. If discovered, the entry will be voided and the entry fee (including donation) will not be refunded


Q: Can I book extra nights before or after the race?
A: Yes, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to book the extra nights for you. Although our Tokyo Marathon 2020 tour starts from Friday, we do recommend that runners arrive on Thursday as it gives you time to adjust to a new city. We also offer customised extensions if you want to add a holiday post the race. 

Q. Is the race entry guaranteed if I book a package through Active Holiday Company? 
A. Yes, all of our Abbott World Marathon Majors packages come with guaranteed race entry. 
Q: Will I have to collect my own bib?
A: Yes, all the Abbott World Marathon Majors require that the participants attend the expo in person and collect their bibs. Your travel documents will contain detailed instructions on how to get to and from the expo from your hotel. 

Q: How far is the hotel from the start/finish line? 
A: If the start/finish line are the same then we try to ensure that the hotel is within walking distance or easily accessible by public transport. Should the start and finish be different, we usually have hotels close to the finish line with transport arranged to the race start. Please check with us about specific races. 

Q: What category of hotels are used? 
A: The hotels we use for marathons are picked for their location and ease of access rather than their star rating. 
However our hotel in Tokyo is a superior 4 star hotel and offers amazing convenience and service. 
Q: I am a single traveller, is it possible for me to get a twin share room? 
A: We have several single travellers interested in sharing a room with another traveller and, wherever possible, we try to pair up people who have requested rooms on twin share. However, please keep in mind that this is not a guarantee and in some cases you might be required to take a single supplement.

Q: Is it possible for me to buy just the race entry and make my own accommodation arrangements? 
A:  As Tour Operators, we are required to sell the race entry along with accommodation. It will not be possible to buy just the race entry. 
Q: I’ve got the race entry through the Ballot / Charity, can I buy the accommodation from Active Holiday Company?
Yes, it is possible for us to organise accommodation for you if you already have the entry or if you are travelling with a non-running companion. However, please note that this will be at the same hotel as the rest of the group travelling on our package. 
Q: I am taking the race package through Active Holiday Company, is it possible for me to upgrade my accommodation? 
A: No, it is not. We plan it such that we have the whole group staying together at a single hotel so it will not be possible to upgrade hotels since you are part of a group booking. You may however request an upgrade in the room type at the same hotel. 
Q. I cannot attend this race. Is it possible for me to transfer my registration to another runner? 
A. Tokyo Marathon 2020 does not allows runners to transfer their spots to another runner or to extend to another year. If you do not run the race as registered you lose your entry. 
Q. Is it possible for me to defer my registration to the following year? 
A. Tokyo Marathon 2020 does not permit runners to defer their registration. 
Q. Will you be able to assist me with visas and air tickets? 
A. Yes, we can help you with visas and flight tickets for an additional charge. Please get in touch with us for details. 

Trip Specialist

Gauri Jayaram

Gauri Jayaram

Gauri has spent over 25 years in the travel business including a 8.5 year stint as the Regional Director for S.A & M.E for the World's largest coach touring company. Her experience, combined with her love for exploring destinations differently makes her the best (wo)man for the top job at Active Holiday Company. Having taken her first road trip when she was just 5 days old, it appears that the bug never left her and she's travelled to over 50 countries (says she doesn't keep a count!). She celebrated her 40th birthday by running half a dozen half marathons in as many locations - including a race to the lowest point on earth (The Dead Sea Ultra Run in Jordan) and then trekked to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain – the Mt. Everest – a trip that became a turning point in her life. And, finally at this tender age she bought herself a hybrid bicycle to replace her depreciated car! Voted one of the Most Influential Persons in the Travel Industry by NDTV Profit and Travel News Digest (2014), she also a published author. She has lent her expertise to leading travel magazines as a writer and jury member. To her adventure means daring to follow one’s beliefs with conviction, even though sometimes they could take you to the end of the world!


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Overall score:

(Based on 2 reviews)

  • Subramanyam Putrevu

    Feb 2019

    Tokyo Marathon Feedback ..

    Team - The Tokyo Marathon is excellently organized and it is a great fun. The information provided and the arrangements made were excellent. The accommodation, very close to the start point, is excellent and the service is awesome. The arrangement to bring back to the hotel after the race is a real convenience and I sincerely appreciate the same.

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    The best moment of the trip is the rain-coat provided in anticipation of the rain. It helped immensely before the start as it was raining and cold. I sincerely appreciate the thought behind it and ensuring that it reached everyone.
    The Ride on the Bullet Train!
    The extension and visit to the Ryocon, Mt. Fuji and Asakusa shrine is awesome.

    Feedback on the trip guide

    I have taken guided tour and Tokyo extension. The Tanaka walking tour is average. The amount of history and attractions that are there on the walking tour is average. Instead of this trip - half day trip to Asakusa shrine is much better and worth the time. Ofcourse the guide is good but the overall walking tour is average.
    The Cycling tour is cancelled due to bad weather - so no comments.
    The trip to Mt. Fuji is awesome. It is arranged well and the guide (English speaking) is good. The arrangement to return by Bullet train is a good thought and thoroughly enjoyed.

    Tips for future travellers for this trip

    The collection of BIB is usually crowded on Saturday - My advice is to complete this at the earliest possible on Thu / Fri when the opportunity is available.
    The Asakusa Shrine is awesome and a must visit during day and night. It is beautiful lit during the night.
    The extension arranged by the team is awesome and spend sometime after the run visiting the country.

    Other miscellaneous information that can help future travellers

    Excellent trip overall - The accommodation is fantastic and service is awesome. One thing is - start sharing the google pins (on WhatsApp) for any meeting points. This helps immensely compared to map provided in the travel documents.

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  • Anuradha Raju Kalidindi

    Feb 2018

    It was a very good trip but I wish there were somebody who could have co-ordinated at Tokyo.

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