For those inspired to enter a marathon after watching thousands exert themselves in London, Sports Tours International is offering guaranteed entry for Osaka Marathon. The sixth edition of the race will be held on Sunday 30 October.
Around 20,000 participants will line up on the start line for one of the largest races in the world, in Japan's third largest city. Formerly known as Naniwa, the city was previously the Japanese capital. It has a population of 2.5 million and is an economic powerhouse of the Kansai region.
Runners can sample some of the city's history as the marathon course takes them past famous landmarks such as Osaka Castle, Sennichimae, Midosuji, Nakanoshima, and Nako Port before finishing at the INTEX Osaka.
For more information, visit the Sports Tours International website.