One of the most celebrated mountains in Japan, Mt. Fuji. Pink cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green leaves in summer, bright red and yellow leaves in fall, and pure white snow in winter: Mt. Fuji presents itself in different stunning forms through the year. Each and every one of its seasonal scenery is cherished by all the visitors, including tourists from all over the world. It was also registered as a World Cultural Heritage in 2013.
Did you know that there is a marathon held every year in autumn with this magnificent Mt. Fuji as a backdrop? In 2018, the annual Mt. Fuji International Marathon is scheduled to be held on November 25 (Sunday). An international event, of the 14,000 participants about 2,000 runners are international participants coming from more than 40 countries every year.
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Running through the bright red and yellow leaves.
Magnificent view of Mt. Fuji, beautiful autumn leaves of Lake Kawaguchi, and the serene sight of the lakeside…this marathon course is blessed with breathtakingly beautiful views. You can run the full marathon of 42.195km going around Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Saiko, or the Charity Fun Run of 10km around Lake Kawaguchi.
The unique aspect of this marathon is that it receives the generous support of locals. Local high school student groups keep cheering runners for four hours at the 80m climb, a tough spot in the race. There are plenty of aid stations to support runners, and after the finish, even bread and warm pork-based soup is provided.
Commemorative medal shaped like Mt. Fuji!
The commemorative medal is shaped like Mt. Fuji, isn’t it cute? This Japanese design is loved by foreign participants too. You can create a 3D image of Mt. Fuji when you connect five of these stand-alone medals together. (Only the full marathon finishers can receive this medal.)
*Starting this year, Charity Fun Run runners will be given a medal with a different design.
＜Discount for early entries!＞
The entry fee is 12,800 yen for the full marathon, 4,000 yen for Charity Fun Run if you enter within the first term, which is till September 30. The entry fee increases after this term so it’s best to enter as early as possible. You will even receive the original T-shirt for participation if you enter within the first term!
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*Second term (October 3 – November 17)
Full marathon 13,800 yen, Charity Fun Run 4,200 yen.
Special deals for Mt. Fuji International Marathon runners!
Limited only to Mt. Fuji International Marathon runners: Four special deals
①Special discount for the popular amusement park, Fuji-Q Highland! Free entrance ticket! A huge discount on a full-day pass!
②10% discount for the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway!
③Discount for the special cruise on an excursion boat operated three times in the morning of November 25.
④20% discount for the hot spring, Yurari, where you can enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji during a relaxing bath.
Check these out, and fully enjoy your stay in this area before or after the marathon!
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An official tour with a stay at a capsule hotel in Tokyo.
There is an official tour which includes a stay at the widely-talked-about capsule hotel, “9h Takebashi.” The shuttle bus will take you to the marathon site directly from this hotel. 9h Takebashi is located just 500m from the Imperial Palace, an extremely convenient location. Running around the Imperial Palace will be a perfect warm up prep before the marathon.
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Mt. Fuji International Marathon with the splendid sight of Mt. Fuji as its backdrop. Experience the warmth of cheering locals, feel one with nature and enjoy this special run. A great course for both experienced marathon runners as well as beginners. Why don’t you challenge yourself to this amazing autumn marathon with Mt. Fuji for company?