agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced great-value deals at hotels in Shinjuku, the starting point of the Tokyo Marathon.
Launched in 2007, Tokyo’s marathon is today a major international sports event. Offering a 10km course as well as a full-length marathon of 42km, plus a three-day expo and its own theme song, the marathon attracts global attention, with applicants this year in excess of 283,000.
Both foreigners and nationals can register, with elite runners competing alongside general participants, charity runners, disabled entrants and wheelchair racers. Under-18s wanting to compete can take part in the 10-kilometer course. In total, 36,000 competitors will race, with general participant entrants decided by lottery. The Tokyo Marathon also serves as a trial race for selection of the Japanese Olympic team for the London 2012 games, making it an important national event.
Charity registration accounts for 3,000 places, reserved for runners making donations of ¥100,000 or more to the "Tsunagu" program. Last year, ¥73,253,580 was raised for charities spanning child services, environmental protection, third-world aid, disabled athletes and a selection of public safety and protection organizations.
To motivate and inspire, Tokyo Marathon Music released the Trial 10km compilation by Japanese DJ/producer Note Native. The 60-minute mix features upbeat pop and dance tracks, including the marathon's theme song, "The Day We Unite". Two additional themed soundtracks are also available: Tokyo Morning Run and Tokyo Night Run – each reflecting different moods of the city and designed to help runners maintain rhythm and concentration.
Travelers staying in a Shinjuku hotel for the Tokyo Marathon are in one of the best positions to go shopping and sight-seeing in the capital. Shinjuku is connected by train to a vast array of Tokyo attractions, with efficient access to the shops of Ginza and Harajuku, the restaurants of Shibuya, and the nightlife of Roppongi. Akihabara Electric Town is only a short train-trip away and Mount Fuji can be reached via express train in less than two hours.
agoda.com hot hotel rates in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hundred Stay Tokyo Shinjuku 3.5*
Rates from USD 143 per night. Save 15%. Early Bird rate – must book at least 21 days in advance. Valid until June 30, 2012.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Yotsuya 3*
Rates from USD 109 per night. Save 40%. Early Bird rate – must book at least 28 days in advance. Valid until March 31, 2012.
Hotel Listel Shinjuku 3*
Rates from USD 120 per night. Save 15%. Early Bird Rate – must book at least 14 days in advance. Valid until March 31, 2012.
Sunlite Shinjuku Hotel 3*
Rates from USD 141 per night. Save 30%. Early-bird rate – must book at least 28 days in advance. Valid until March 31, 2013.
Tokyo Plaza Hotel 2.5*
Rates from USD 104 per night. Save 10%. Minimum stay 4 nights. Valid until August 31, 2012.
Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku 3*
Rates from USD 146 per night. Located next to the train station.
Amista Asagaya Hotel 2.5*
Rates from USD 76 per night. Close to train station, with views of Mount Fuji.
Sakura Hotel Hatagaya 2.5*
Rates from USD 94 per night. Close to trains, with free wifi.
Hotel Sunroute Takadanobaba 2.5*
Rates from USD 140 per night. Central – close to western-style restaurants and local noodle shops.
Tokyu Stay Yotsuya 2.5*
Rates from USD 191 per night. Chic modern design, rooms with kitchenette and microwave.