The Kyoto Marathon is one of Japan’s major mass-participation marathons, attracting 16,000 runners and 500,000 spectators, and involving some 15,000 staff and volunteers. Kyoto has a unique culture and history stretching back more than 1,200 years. The products of many traditional industries nurtured by this cultural history are widely known and appreciated throughout the world. Kyoto was top-ranked in the 2014 “World’s Best Cities” rating of tourism destinations released by Travel + Leisure, one of the world’s most influential travel magazines.
At 14.46 on 11 March 2011 Japan was hit by its worst ever earthquake. It registered 9 on the Richter scale, and was one of the five worst ever suffered – anywhere. The World Bank rated it as the most expensive natural disaster in world history.
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