The Tokyo Marathon has a fun course that features famous tourist spots in Tokyo. The course is runner-friendly as it has relatively few height differences, but it is recommended to train well for an exciting and moving finish and you can enjoy both views and running. It would also be good to learn the course in advance including the locations of water and foods stations and toilet facilities, and imagine how to run the entire course, if possible.
The time limit for the marathon is seven hours. Even taking time lost at the start into consideration, you should be able to complete the race by running a slow average pace of 8 minutes 40 seconds per kilometer. We hope you can relax and enjoy the marathon.
Course map with advice
from a Professional coach
A Professional running coach, Masahiro Uchiyama gives you some valuable advice to fully enjoy the Tokyo Marathon.
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Coach Masahiro Uchiyama
The president of Masahiro Uchiyama Running Exercise Institute.
Thirty years of experience in coaching city runners. With his experience of completing the Honolulu Marathon 30 times, he established the Uchiyama Training Method that "anyone can continue effortlessly."
He has written many articles for magazines and books on running.
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Checkpoint cut-off time
|Checkpoint||Checkpoint locations||10 km Race||Marathon|
|5.6 km Checkpoint||In front of Iidabashi Central Plaza bldg||9:25||10:30||9:25||10:30|
|9.9 km Checkpoint||Nihombashi Minamizume||N/A||N/A||9:40||11:00|
|10 km Finish||Nihombashi intersection||9:40||10:50||N/A||N/A|
|14.6 km Checkpoint||The crossing of Komagatabashi Nishizume||N/A||N/A||9:50||11:40|
|19.7 km Checkpoint||The crossing of Fukagawa 1-chome||N/A||N/A||N/A||12:30|
|25.7 km Checkpoint||The crossing of Asakusabashi||N/A||N/A||N/A||13:20|
|30.1 km Checkpoint||The crossing of Sukiyabashi||N/A||N/A||10:40||13:55|
|34.2 km Checkpoint||The crossing of Fudanotsuji||N/A||N/A||N/A||14:35|
|39.8 km Checkpoint||The crossing of Shimbashi 4-chome||N/A||N/A||11:05||15:45|
|42.195 km Finish||Tokyo Station / Gyoko-Dori||N/A||N/A||11:15||16:10|
Advice for runners
The starting gun will be fired at 9:10. It takes 20 to 30 minutes for the rearmost runners to cross the start line from their specified position.
Keep yourself warmed up to prevent your body from cooling down.
After passing JR Ichigaya Station, the route continues downhill for approximately 2 km.
Do not try to gain time here, just maintain your normal pace.
After 10 km, you will cross a number of bridges. Crossing a bridge, normally involves running uphill and downhill.
Keep this in mind.
Kaminarimon appears in front of you. Gain some energy from the cheering crowd for the last half of the race. Tokyo Sky Tree will be visible up to the 25 km point.
When you turn to the left from Edo-dori street, you will see Kuramaebashi bridge. Tokyo Sky Tree will be right in front of you.
The route will include small ups and downs from here.
You will soon be reaching the halfway point.
After you reach the turn-around point, you will track back toward Nihombashi. Be sure to maintain your pace in the last half of the race.
The ups and downs of the route end here. The remaining 17 kms are almost all flat.
Go back to the 28 km point.
After the second pedestrian bridge, there is the second turn-around point in front of Shinagawa station.
Depending on the weather, the north wind may be strong in this area, and you may have to fight against wind and chill.
You cross the finish line! Congratulations! You have completed the entire route. Be sure to dry your body so that you do not get too cold on your way home.
Tokyo Marathon 2019 cheering route recommended
by Coach Uchiyama!
Cheering gives runners more power than anything. The following is a list of the spots where you can cheer runners efficiently.
The best places to cheer for runners while they still have a lot of energy just after they have started are the Akebonobashi area (Akebonobashi Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line) near the 3 km point, or the Iidabashi area (Iidabashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, Tozai Line, Namboku Line, JR Line and Toei Oedo Line) past the 5 km point. From these vantage points, you should be able to see the runners full of energy and smiles.
There is a turn-around point near the Asakusabashi area. There, you will be able to see runners go past twice at the 10 km and 25 km points. (Asakusabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line and JR Line) This is past the halfway point. Some runners will still be lively, but others will be beginning to show signs of stress. Please cheer for the runners.
Runners pass the Kuramae 1-chome area three times. Here, you will be able to see and cheer for runners at various positions in the marathon: those heading toward the 15 km point at Asakusa Kaminarimon, runners turning back at Kaminarimon and heading toward Ryogoku, and those who have passed the halfway point (past the 21 km point) and are returning to the 25 km point at Kuramae 1-chome. (Kuramae Station on the Toei Asakusa Line and Toei Oedo Line)
In the turn-around course from Kuramae 1-chome to Monzen-nakacho, runners cross several bridges where the route goes up and down. Cheering will encourage runners who are finding the race difficult, as well as those trying to maintain their pace heading toward Tokyo Sky Tree. (Ryogoku Station on the JR Line and Toei Oedo Line, Morishita Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line and Toei Oedo Line, Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon Line and Toei Oedo Line, Monzen-nakacho Station on the Toei Oedo Line and Tozai Line, etc.)
Monzen-nakacho is located at the turn-around point of the course between the 20 km point and the halfway point. Shopping streets and Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine are in this area. This is a good spot to cheer for runners while enjoying the friendly atmosphere of a traditional commercial and working-class neighborhood. However, if you get there to observe the lead runners, it may be too early to enjoy Fukagawa-meshi for lunch. (Monzen-nakacho Station on the Tozai Line and Toei Oedo Line)
There are many luxury brand shops lining the streets from Nihombashi to Kyobashi and on to Ginza. Many people will be cheering from the sidewalks and runners will gain a lot of energy from them. Please cheer for runners who are walking at this point to encourage them to start running again. (Nihombashi Station on the Ginza Line and Tozai Line, Kyobashi Station on the Ginza Line, Ginza 1-chome Station on the Yurakucho Line, Ginza Station on the Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line, etc.)
Shiba koen area is the final turn-around of the course. You can cheer for runners who are passing the 30 km point at Ginza and heading toward the 35 km point in Shinagawa, and for runners who are coming back from Shinagawa and passing the 40 km point on the way to the finish line. (Shiba Koen Station on the Toei Mita Line) Here, some runners will still be vigorously trying for a record, and others will be barely managing to put one foot in front of the other. This is the toughest point for runners. Your cheering will give runners the energy to cross the finish line.
Gyoko-dori street in front of Tokyo station, which is the finish line, may not be familiar to you. Some areas may be closed to general public, but you may be able to view the finish line from a distance. It is worth checking out.
If there are specific runners you want to cheer for, you can encourage them at several different locations according to their estimated running times.
It is also fun to cheer for all runners from those at the front to those at the rear from one cheering position.
Runners gain energy from cheering bystanders, and in return, runners provide a spectacle for bystanders cheering from the sidewalks.
Let’s make the Tokyo Marathon a memorable day thanks to the energy of everyone involved.
If you are a bystander this year, you may be in the race next year!
Training up to the day before the race
The key point is to maintain your usual frequency of training, but running at more modest distances and speeds. Be very careful not to catch a cold.
Preparation on the day before the race
Do everything you can do up to the day before the race.
Attach the number card to your race clothing.
Check the brochure to confirm how you will get to the designated location, the route, baggage storage locations, etc.
Drink alcohol moderately if you do.
Eat plenty of food for breakfast on the day before the race. In particular, eat extra carbohydrates.
Sleeping well is also important. Schedule when to go to bed, wake up, have breakfast, go to the toilet, and get to the site by calculating the time backward from the designated assembly time.
Checkpoints for the day
Get to the assembly point on time. You would be disqualified if you arrived after 8:30.
Some runners will feel overwhelmed by the size of the crowd. Everybody will feel the same way, with the exception of some elite runners. Be yourself and relax.
You will have to wait a long time after you are guided to the individual blocks designated by the target time before the start. Prepare rain wear for cold weather.
Prepare thermal wear, such as arm warmers, a cap, and a neck warmer, that can be worn and taken off according to the wind-chill factor.