First held in 1950, the Okumusashi Ekiden is a competitive traditional ekiden run along a train line in Saitama in late January. The race fields about 150 mixed-gender open division teams, as well as high school and university squads. The hilly course comprises six legs of around 4 to 8 kilometers.
Getting there: The destination is Higashi Hanno Station. From Ikebukuro, take a Seibu Ikebukuro Line express to Hanno. At Hanno, you will usually need to switch to another Seibu Ikebukuro Line train to get to Higashi Hanno.