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runner during akagi forest trail race

Akagi Forest Trail Race

August 21

More cross country running than hardcore trail running, runners will enjoy spectacular views of the vast Akagi forest throughout the course.

Out here, the summer heat is less brutal – enjoy the refreshing and cool breezes as you race your way to the finish line!

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Yunomaru Hillclimb

September 4

With nearly 1,000 meters of climbing across 11km, the Yunomaru Hillclimb may be short in distance but steep in ascent!

Athletes will start at about 770 meters and finish at the Yunomaru Plateau following a steady climb on the west side of the Asama Mountain Range.

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Kujukuri Triathlon

September 18

One of Japan’s largest triathlons and known to be the “perfect triathlon for beginners” (and those seeking PBs!).

With a protected estuary swim and a straight shot on the toll roads used for both the bike and run route, it’s a flat and fast course! 

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Ise Shima Triathlon

September 24

Ranked the #1 Olympic Distance triathlon in Japan and the #3 overall triathlon in Japan by Triathlon Lumina magazine, the Ise Shima Satoumi Triathlon is as popular as it is beautiful! 

The course is very spectator-friendly and rousing support from the locals will give you the boost to fuel your motivation and finish the race strong! 

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eco marathon series

Yodogawa (Osaka) | September 18
Tondabayashi (Osaka) | September 19
Hirakata (Osaka) | September 23
Kamogawa (Kyoto) | September 25

A series of community-based road races around Japan with an emphasis on sustainability and charity. Marathon to 10K from Kansai to Kanto!

Hinohara Hillclimb
October 22

Believed to be one of the best climb courses in the country due to the immaculate road conditions, the Hinohara Hillclimb takes place on the western edge of Tokyo and touches both Yamanashi and Kanagawa Prefectures. Get ready for a punchy 21km climb with nearly 900 meters of climbing!

Osaka Yodo River Citizens Marathon

November 6

Now in its 24th edition, the Osaka Yodo River Citizens Marathon (and half marathon) is a flat and fast, out and back race taking place almost entirely along a riverbank.

This is a great warm-up for Japan’s marathon season and is easily accessible by public transportation from downtown Osaka and Kyoto.

Ise Half Marathon & 5K

December 4

A  unique 21.1km that takes you around the sacred Ise Jingu Naiku (Inner Shrine) and old landscapes from the Edo Period. Mie Prefecture is a hidden gem located less than three hours from Tokyo and home to one of Japan’s most revered Shinto shrines (Ise Jingu). It’s the perfect weekend getaway!

Mitake Trail Race

December 11

Out in the wild west of Tokyo, the Mt. Mitake Trail Run shows you the more nuanced, natural shades of the city that you just can’t get downtown.

The KFC Triathlon Club brings the 23rd edition of the Mt. Mitake Trail Race for a brisk 13km run in west Tokyo. Run, quick, see before the trails become impassable during the winter!

Runners at the Ise Half Marathon

running

Road and trail races from Hokkaido to Hiroshima. Distances include 5KM, 10KM, half marathon to full marathon and ultra.

Cyclists riding through Miyazaki

cycling

Cycling races and tours from Osaka to Nagano. Find the course for you with distances of 25KM to 150KM.

swimming course of triathlon

Triathlon & Swimming

Open water swims, sprint triathlons, Olympic Distance, and 70.3  - -dive into the world of multi-sport in Japan