The Amazing Race 15 Leg 1

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Leg 1
Starting Line Sixth Street Viaduct
Los Angeles
United States Flag of the United States.svg
Pit Stop Konnō Hachimangū Shrine
Japan Flag of Japan.svg
Winners Meghan & Cheyne
Last Place Eric & Lisa
at Starting Line

Maria & Tiffany
Speed Bump
Distance 5502.46 miles
Contains Roadblock.png


Sixth Street Viaduct

The race began with Phil welcoming the twelve teams, explaining the basic rules of the race, and warning them that they would face a challenge and a starting line elimination. After shouting "Go!" teams would be told to find a license plate from the region they were about to visit, searching amongst more than 1000 license plates on a fence for the correct one. Teams were not told the name of their destination, though some Japanese symbols (which appeared on the plate) were printed at the top of the clue. Teams that handed in the correct license plate could proceed to the airport. There were only 11 correct plates, and the team left behind would be eliminated.

Los Angeles International Airport

  • Los Angeles
  • Distance: 12.4 miles

Teams would be provided one of two flights from this airport heading to their first destination, based on how quickly they completed the Starting Line challenge.

Narita International Airport

File:Tokyo Tower (1).jpg
Tokyo Tower, near Tokyo Tower Studios
  • Tokyo, Japan Flag of Japan.svg
  • Distance: 5451 miles

Tokyo Tower Studios

  • Tokyo
  • Distance: 36.9 miles

Roadblock.png Roadblock: At these studios, teams all gathered together to perform a Roadblock. The chosen team member would get to participate in a Japanese Game Show known as Sushi Roulette. The eleven teams would stand around a wheel which would be spun. Nine of the spaces featured plates of sushi, which had to be eaten if landed on. Two of the spaces, however, contained wasabi bombs. A team that landed on a wasabi bomb had to eat the entire thing within two minutes in order to get their next clue. Any teams that landed on regular sushi, or failed to eat their wasabi bomb in time, would have to spin again.

Brian, Big Easy, Garrett, Gary, Lance, Ron, Maria, Cheyne, Canaan, Dan, Justin

After completing the Roadblock, teams would choose a colored flag and would be joined by 20 members of the audience. Teams had to lead their group of 20 on foot across the streets of Tokyo to reach the Pit Stop, which included crossing the Shibuya Scramble. Teams could not check into the Pit Stop without all 20 members.

Konnō Hachimangū Shrine

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Konnō Hachimangū Shrine
  • Tokyo
  • Distance: 2.16 miles

PitStop.png Pit Stop: This was a non-elimination leg. The last-place team would be required to complete a Speed Bump on the following leg.

Prize: A trip for two to Aspen and Vail, Colorado


Team SSV LAI Plane.png TTS Roadblock.png KHS PitStop.png Roadblocks
Meghan & Cheyne 1st Decrease2.png 3rd A Decrease2.png 3rd Increase2.png 1st Steady2.png 1st Meghan 0, Cheyne 1
Zev & Justin 1st Decrease2.png 6th Decrease2.png 10th Increase2.png 3rd Increase2.png 2nd Zev 0, Justin 1
Lance & Keri 1st Decrease2.png 11th B Decrease2.png 11th Increase2.png 7th Increase2.png 3rd Lance 1, Keri 0
Marcy & Ron 1st Decrease2.png 2nd A Decrease2.png 4th Increase2.png 2nd Decrease2.png 4th Marcy 0, Ron 1
Flight Time & Big Easy 1st Decrease2.png 4th Decrease2.png 6th Steady2.png 6th Increase2.png 5th Flight Time 0, Big Easy 1
Brian & Ericka 1st Decrease2.png 10th B Steady2.png 7th Decrease2.png 11th Increase2.png 6th Brian 1, Ericka 0
Gary & Matt 1st Decrease2.png 5th A Decrease2.png 5th Decrease2.png 9th Increase2.png 7th Gary 1, Matt 0
Garrett & Jessica 1st Decrease2.png 9th B Decrease2.png 8th Increase2.png 4th Decrease2.png 8th Garrett 1, Jessica 0
Sam & Dan 1st Decrease2.png 7th Increase2.png 2nd Decrease2.png 10th Increase2.png 9th Sam 0, Dan 1
Mika & Canaan 1st Decrease2.png 8th Increase2.png 1st Decrease2.png 8th Decrease2.png 10th Mika 0, Canaan 1
Maria & Tiffany 1st Steady2.png 1st A Decrease2.png 9th Increase2.png 5th Decrease2.png 11th Maria 1. Tiffany 0
Eric & Lisa 1st Decrease2.png 12th Eric 0, Lisa 0
  • A bold team member in the Roadblock count indicates the team member who completed this leg's first Roadblock.
  • An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg.
The Amazing Race 15
Legs 123456789101112
Countries United StatesJapanVietnamCambodiaUnited Arab EmiratesNetherlandsSwedenEstoniaCzech Republic
Teams Brian & ErickaEric & LisaFlight Time & Big EasyGarrett & JessicaGary & MattLance & KeriMarcy & RonMaria & TiffanyMeghan & CheyneMika & CanaanSam & DanZev & Justin
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