The Tokyo Yamathon is the “ultimate urban fundraising challenge” where teams of three or four people compete to walk or run through Tokyo visiting all 29 stations of the famous JR Yamanote train line in under 12 hours.

The Yamanote line is Japan’s busiest and most important commuter rail lines which circles the capital, traveling through Tokyo’s major districts as it goes. The inaugural event in November 2010 saw 110 people and 29 teams compete on what turned out to be the perfect Autumn day to explore Tokyo.

The second Yamathon in April 2011 featured 355 people, 100 teams and an amazing ¥1,027,501 raised for Oxfam Japan’s relief efforts in Tohoku. Whether a seasoned athlete or simply a keen tourist, the Tokyo Yamathon has something interesting for everyone.

It is ideal training for the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker which takes place in May and offers an appealing contrast to the rural terrain of Kanagawa, Shizuoka, and Yamanashi.

For those who really just want a relaxing stroll, the Yamathon offers you a whistlestop tour of many of Tokyo’s most celebrated sights, and introduces you to many areas which are left largely unexplored by travellers and Tokyo residents alike.

Quick! Registration closes Monday 7th November: