2021 tokyo marathon

information about the Tokyo Marathon 2021

March 6, 2022 (Sunday)
0910 – 1610

¥16,500 Japan residents
¥18,500 overseas residents

24,700 (marathon)
300 (10km)

Tokyo, Japan

Marking a return to normalcy after two years of pandemic disruption, the Tokyo Marathon 2021 heralded a welcome start to new beginnings. As COVID-19 spread throughout the world, the race in 2020 was held for elite runners only. The following year, the race was postponed from the spring to the fall, before being cancelled entirely. 

Thus, in true COVID-19 fashion, the 2021 Tokyo Marathon kicked off a year late in March 2022 with approximately 20,000 runners taking on the streets of Japan’s largest city. There will be no 2022 Tokyo Marathon; the Tokyo Marathon 2023 is scheduled to take place on March 5, 2023.

2019-2023 tokyo marathon

2021 Tokyo Marathon Expo

The Tokyo Marathon Expo is a unique opportunity to check out the latest running gear, apparel, and products produced by official partners. This year, the expo returned indoors after two consecutive years outdoors. The expo is free of admission, but pre-registration was required to enter the expo. Only runners registered for the Tokyo Marathon 2021 can enter the packet pick up areas.

Closest Train Stations: Kokusai Tenjijo (Rinkai Line), Tokyo Big Sight (Yurikamome) 

Tokyo Marathon EXPO at Tokyo Big Sight
Bird's eye view of the Tokyo Marathon 2021 EXPO
Tokyo Marathon 2021 course map and expo displays
Tokyo Marathon t-shirts
ASICS billboard display for Metaspeed
Display of shoes at the marathon expo

Packet Pick Up/Expo schedule

March 3 (Thu)
Packet pick-up
@ Tokyo Big Sight South Hall 3
1100-2100…Tokyo Marathon Expo 2021
@ Tokyo Big Sight South Hall 2-4

March 4 (Fri)
1100-2100…Packet pick-up
@ Tokyo Big Sight South Hall 3
Tokyo Marathon Expo 2021
@ Tokyo Big Sight South Hall 2-4

March 5 (Sat)
1000-2000…Packet pick-up
@ Tokyo Big Sight South Hall 3
Tokyo Marathon Expo 2021
@ Tokyo Big Sight South Hall 2-4

Wooden masu sake cups Tokyo Marathon 2021

ASICS Tokyo Marathon 2021 Limited Model

Released in Summer/Fall 2021, the Tokyo Marathon 2021 limited edition shoes are available in the ASICS Glide Ride 2 model and ASICS Tarther Japan model. Both retail for approximately ¥20,000 – or about $200. Wrapped with ukiyo-e motifs and manga designs in a deep indigo, the shoes evoke a unique Edo Japan style that celebrate distinctly Japanese icons, including Mt. Fuji and the Great Wave. For details and purchasing, please visit this link (Japanese only).

Tokyo Marathon 2021 ASICS Tarther Japan Tokyo and Glideride 2 Tokyo
© ASICS Corp.
Official poster Tokyo Marathon 2021
©Tokyo Marathon Foundation

Notable Names

race day schedule

0905…Wheelchair marathon and 10km Start 
@ front of Metropolitan Gov. Building No. 1
0910…Marathon and 10km First Wave Start
@ front of Metropolitan Gov. Building No. 1
1050…10km Finish
@ Nihonbashi
1610…Marathon Finish
@ Tokyo Station / Gyoko-dori Ave.


Closest Stations: Shinjuku station, Shinjuku-nishiguchi station


Closest Stations: Tokyo station, Nihombashi station, Otemachi station

Tokyo Marathon 2021 runners
Finish straight at Tokyo Marathon 2021
Runners on the Tokyo Marathon 2021 course
Finish straight at the Tokyo Marathon


RUN as ONE – Tokyo Marathon “Semi-Elite (Overseas)”

Designed to provide amateur runners the opportunity to participate in the Tokyo Marathon as a “semi-elite” athlete. Only runners who reside outside of Japan and meet the criteria set by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation can register for the Tokyo Marathon under the RUN as ONE program. If more applications than allocated spots are submitted, athletes will be selected at random. While not a guaranteed ticket to the Tokyo Marathon, the chances of being selected to run the Marathon is significantly higher than a general entry.

・Menʼs Full Marathon: under 2:45:00 
・Womenʼs Full Marathon: under 3:30:00
*Submitted record can be either gun time or net time
*Applicants must submit an official finisher’s certificate

©Tokyo Marathon Foundation
©Tokyo Marathon Foundation
Tokyo Marathon 2021 course profile
©Tokyo Marathon Foundation

on the course


Finisher Medals

Despite the event taking place in March 2022, the Tokyo Marathon 2021 medals have the postponed October 17, 2021 date engraved. It’s a unique piece of memorabilia for finishers of a race that many had in fact planned for since 2019.

Tokyo Marathon 2021 medal
©Tokyo Marathon Foundation
Tokyo Marathon 2021 medal
©Tokyo Marathon Foundation
Elite race medals for the Tokyo Marathon 2021
©Tokyo Marathon Foundation
Ginza Nishi yon-chome running in Tokyo
Near the finish at the Tokyo Marathon 2021
Running course Tokyo Marathon 2022 Marunouchi