Sunday, 16 April 2017

Fancy Running In Tango Ultramarathon In Kyoto?

I did the Tango Ultramarathon to celebrate my 40th birthday in 2015 and the ultramarathon continues to have a special spot in my heart.
Registration is made easier now for foreign participants to join, with Runsociety/Spacebib.com being onboard as their registration portal. 

Tango Ultramarathon is held in the city of Kyotango, Kyoto Japan and will be held on September 17th, 2017 and is rated as Top 100 Best Races by Runnet Global. Tango Ultramarathon is also a Bronze Label race certified by IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners).

My race recap of the 2015 edition that I did, here.
Spacebib registration link here.
R-Wellness webite here.

Anyhoo, rather than talk at length about the race info itself which we all can find through the registration portal and the run's website; I'm sharing what we did during our 7-day trip in 2015.
It was a short trip so we focused on just the Kansai region and got ourselves JR-West Kansai Wide Area Pass, which allows us to take unlimited rides on the shinkansen (including Nozomi and Mizuho between Shin-Osaka and Okayama), Limited Express and local trains (including Rapid and Special Rapid service); on non-reserved seats, Kyoto Tango Railway, Wakayama Electric Railway and West JR bus.

A 5-day pass is priced at 9,000 yen for adults and 4.500 yen for children and if you reserve it online, you can get additional discount.

With this pass, you pretty much get the trip to the starting line of Tango Ultramarathon covered.

Stuff we did before/after the ultramarathon:
Visit Osaka.
Stop by Universal Studio.
Head to Kyoto.

Enjoyed the sights in Arashiyama and see the Hozu Boat Tour drifts by.
And of course the famous Bamboo Groves.
Visited Fushimi Inari Shrine at night, instead of during the day.
The shrine felt more mystical at night and there were less tourists too.

Climbing up the stairs felt like we were climbing towards a different world, through the vermillion torii gates.
We walked on the pine covered sandbar of Amanohashidate, which is 3km long and span the mouth of Miyazu Bay.

It is one of Japan's three most scenic view; apart from Miyajima (which we visited in 2008) and Matshushima (which we visited in 2010). 
And witnessed the rotating bridge of Amanohashidate in operation, to let a ferry sail by.
Travelling from our hotel in Toyooka to REPC site in Amity Tango and Amanohashidate; we used this cute train. There are three trains, the Ao-Matsu, Kuro-Matsu and Aka-Matsu.

The blue one is the Ao-Matsu and we also managed to board the black Kuro-Matsu.
More info about the train line here.
What do you do after running in an ultramarathon?

For us, we visited an onsen town.
We bought day passes that allows us to enter all 7 public bath houses (sotoyu) in Kinosaki Onsen which is a top onsen destination in the Kansai region.
 We visited Onsenji.
And also enjoyed making onsen tamago.
While doing our sotoyu hopping, we also enjoyed the lovely scenery of Kinosaki Onsen.
The next day, we traveled to Kii-Katsuura Station to do part of the Kumano Kodo trail. A nice recovery hike after all the running that I did.
We started our hike from Nachi Station and our aim was to hike to Nachi no Otaki, a 133m waterfall.
 The route.

 The Daimon-Zaka, 267 steps of 600m long cobblestone staircase.
For us to finally reach the Nachi no Otaki.

Of course, one can simply opt to take a bus straight to the waterfall (and the nearby Seiganto-ji and Fudarakusan-ji) but where's the fun in that?
We later enjoyed a footbath that overlooks the port and sea while waiting for our train back to Osaka.

And the Tango Ultramarathon itself?

The route is super nice with lovely scenery and plenty of good eats at the water stations.
So if you're looking for a warm, September run (I hate running in cold weather), Tango Ultramarathon is highly recommended.

Registration is open now. Have fun and good luck!

2 comments:

  1. Hi! Nice memorial photos in Japan. I hope you and your family have nice days.

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