What is The Yamathon?
Why do teams have to have 3 to 4 members?
Is there a fee?
When is the registration closing date?
Closing date for registrations havenot been decided yet. However, we reserve the right to close registrations when we reach 200 teams.
Where is the start/finish line?
The Tokyo Yamathon will start and finish at Tokyo TOKIA Building – only 3 minutes from Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit.
How long will it take?
A gentle walking pace would probably take about 12 hours, depending on how well your team plan the route.
Will we have access to a map?
Part of the challenge is navigating for yourself!
Can our team run?
The Yamathon is not a marathon event, therefore, we do not encourage running. If you do jog, please follow the traffic rules whenever necessary. Obey all traffic laws and traffic signals. Obey any instructions given by police. There will be no road closures and teams will use the everyday pavements (sidewalks) of Tokyo alongside other road users. You must follow our safety guidelines and all team members must finish together as a team.
Will our team be disqualified if we do not complete the Yamathon in 12 hours?
12 hours is a target time and something to aim for, but IVG volunteers will be waiting for you at the finish line until late evening. The time limit for all teams to finish will be 21:15. If you cannot finish within this time, your team will be disqualified.
What is the schedule for the day itself?
At 07:45, we will hold a short opening ceremony.
08:00: General teams will be released in groups with a staggered start. Team leaders will be given an electronic chip which will give teams an official start time.
08:30: Sponsor & supporter teams will arrive with all their team members at the entrance to Tokyo Tokia Building (3 mins walk from Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit) to register their teams.
At 09:00, we will hold a short opening ceremony.
09:15: Sponsor teams and supporter teams will be released in groups with a staggered start. Team leaders will be given an electronic chip which will give teams an official start time.
During the challenge: Participants must visit all 30 stations. If you do not visit every station your team will be disqualified.
Finishing point: Make your way back to the starting point at Tokyo Tokia Building. We will record the results and announce official times and rankings after the event.
How long is the Yamanote route?
Those who are navigational geniuses may complete the event in 38km. Others who follow the train line may take 44km. It really depends on which route you take. We encourage shortcuts, as long you take a picture outside all 30 stations!
What is IVG?
Yes! We come from Japan, UK, Canada, India, US, Australia, and a host of other countries.
And, Yes! We are volunteers – we work hard to come up with fantastic ideas to raise funds for people and projects that need them.