Coming February 18, 2018. Konnichiwa! It’s the Kyoto Marathon, a popular race enticing 16,000 runners to this former Imperial capital of Japan, referred to by some as the thousand-year capital. The course is a scenic one, passing by no less than seven UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, with impressive views of the surrounding five mountains and winding along the Kamo River, a symbol of Kyoto. This is a destination marathon designed to highlight the many cultural sites and natural beauty of this impressive city.