For safety reasons (overcrowding on footpaths, etc.) , the team size is limited to a maximum of 4 people. We realize that it may be a problem for some people to get a team of 4 people together, so to make it easier to join our event you can even apply with 3 members!
Yes. The fee is 12,000 JPY per team.
Closing date for registrations is on Friday 19th April 2019 at 21:00 (Japan time). However, we reserve the right to close registrations when we reach 200 teams.
The Tokyo Yamathon will start and finish at Tokyo TOKIA Building – only 3 minutes from Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit.
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 29 stations!
A gentle walking pace would probably take about 12 hours, depending on how well your team plan the route.
Smartphone users will be sent an online Google map before the event. However, the suggested route is really just a guide to help you plan a course. You are allowed to make as many shortcuts as long as you visit all 29 stations.
Part of the challenge is navigating for yourself!
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.
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 21:00. If you cannot finish within this time, your team will be disqualified.
08:15: 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 08:45, we will hold a short opening ceremony.
09:00: 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 29 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.
INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER GROUP – IVG
Founded in 2007, the International Volunteer Group (IVG) is, like its name states, an international group of volunteers made up of multiple nationalities living in Japan.
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.
In Japan, there are approximately 20,000 children with incurable LLTC such as paediatric cancer, genetic, neurological, or metabolic diseases. Children’s Hospices is a place where children, who fight serious illness, and their families, create smiles and memories, and bring up and protect their dreams. Tokyo Yamathon would like to support the construction of such facilities.