Registration For Japan’s Largest Marathon Will End Soon


The Osaka Marathon‘s organising committee has started accepting applications for this year’s event. The marathon, which is in its sixth year, opened for registration last week on 8 April 2016 and is scheduled to take place on 30 October 2016, Sunday.

The Osaka Marathon is the largest of that kind in Japan, with about 32,000 runners from Japan and abroad. The marathon route will pass many popular and scenic places in the city, such as the Osaka Castle and Dotonbori and Midosuji avenues, with an estimated 1.3 million people cheering from the roadside.

2015 saw a growing interest abroad in the Osaka Marathon, with over 7,000 runners from overseas registering for its 5th instalment.

To make registration easier, the organisers have set up registration websites in Japanese, English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Korean and Thai. They have also set up international contacts for inquiries.

The Osaka Marathon attracts over 30,000 runners yearly (Pic credit:

This is the registration outline:

Registration deadline: 10 May 2016, 5PM

Races, maximum number of participants and participation fees:

(1) Marathon (42.195 km), 29,000 people, 13,000 YEN

(2) Challenge Run (8.8 km), 2,000 people, 6,500 YEN

A charity donation of at least 2 units, 500 yen per unit, will be requested in addition to a participation fee. Also, additional 540 yen is required as a handling fee.

Official websites for registration:



Traditional Chinese:

Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese): 

Taiwan (Traditional Chinese):

Based on these photos of previous years’ Osaka Marathon, it does look like it would be a lot of fun:

Runners dressed as pandas at the Osaka Marathon (Pic credit: Osaka Marathon Facebook Page)
A birthday girl crossing the finishing line with her ‘birthday cakes’ (Pic credit: Osaka Marathon Facebook Page)
Participants dressed in animal head and pyjamas at the Osaka Marathon (Pic credit: Osaka Marathon Facebook Page)
For more information, you can reach out to the respective contact centres:

Mainland China
Tel: +86-6515-6185
Email: [email protected]

Hong Kong:
Tel: +852-2735-1166
Email: [email protected]

KNT Taiwan Co., Ltd.
Tel: +886-2-8771-7551
Email: [email protected]

Open Care – Sports Tour
Tel: +82-2-508-3933
Email: [email protected]

Tel: +66-2-513-9444
Email: [email protected]

Crest Travel & Tours Pte Ltd. Meetings & Incentive
Tel: +65-6884-4902
Email: [email protected]

Golden Rama Tours and Travel
Tel: +62-21-2980-6000
Email: [email protected]

Contact for other countries and regions:
Yuji Moteki
Osaka Marathon Desk
Tel: +81-6-6535-2627
Email: [email protected]

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