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Race previews Osaka Marathon

22 August 2017, 11am

Runners are cheered on by the largest number of spectators in Japan

Looking ahead

Osaka Marathon
Sun 26 November 2017

3. running on midosuji while looking a sign of glico.

Osaka holds a world class city marathon which attracts 32,000 participants each year including many from countries all over the world.

The course runs along the main avenues of Osaka and past the main sights including Osaka Castle, the Dotonbori Area and Midosuji Street. Runners are cheered on by an audience of hundreds of thousands spread all along the course, the largest number of spectators in Japan.

Japanese culture permeates Osaka. Bunraku is cited as part of the World Intangible Cultural Heritage and along with various food cultures is rooted in Osaka. There are also many historical and traditional sightseeing spots such as Osaka Castle.

Osaka is close to the cities of Kyoto, Nara and Kobe – each blessed with their own particular cultural heritage representing Japanese history and tradition.

If you come to Osaka you will not only experience a top-class marathon but also be able to enjoy many different Japanese attractions as well.

Entries are closed for this year’s race on 26 November but registration opens every spring so check out our website and Facebook page.

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