The Yamathon is a charity challenge organized by International Volunteer Group (IVG), where teams of two to four people walk around the 30 stations of Tokyo’s JR Yamanote line, in less than 12 hours, and take pictures of their team at each one of the stations. The Yamanote line is Japan’s busiest and most important commuter rail line which circles the capital.
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 2 members!
It is 14,000 per team
The full amount of this mandatory donation will be donated to the charity partner NPO Yokohama Children’s Hospice.
Entries must be received by 23:59, Sunday 1st October.
Start and finish: Tokyo Building TOKIA (Marunouchi)
Start: Tokyo TOKIA Building (Marunouchi)
Finish: JR Mejiro Station
A gentle walking pace would probably take about 12 hours, depending on how well your team plan the route.
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. You will not be disqualified if you do not complete the Yamathon in 12 hours.
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 photo outside all 30 stations!
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.