Are you planning the trip of a lifetime to Tokyo Olympics in 2020? We’ve put together the following information and tips to help you get the most from this historic and unique sporting tournament.
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When do the Tokyo Olympics 2020 take place?
The Olympic games are planned to be held from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo. For more information on the expected weather, check out our Guide to the Climate & Seasons of Japan.
How many events are being held?
The official programme for the 2020 Summer Olympics was approved by the IOC executive board on 9 June 2017. The games will feature 321 events in 32 sports; alongside the 5 new sports that will be introduced in Tokyo, there will be 15 new events within existing sports, including 3-on-3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, and new mixed events in several sports. The stated goal for Tokyo Games is to be “more youthful, more urban and include more women. Over 12,000 athletes participating will represent a total of 207 nations at the games.
How do you get tickets?
The opening ceremony category tickets will range from 25,000 to 150,000 yen. 30,000 yen will be the maximum price for the final of popular games, such as athletics and swimming. The average price of all the Olympic tickets is 7,700 yen. 60% of the tickets will be sold for 4,400 yen or less. Tickets will be sold through 40,000 shops in Japan and on the internet.
Where are the events being held?
28 of the 33 competition venues in Tokyo are within 8 kilometres (4.97 miles) of the Olympic Village.
Seven venues will be located within the central business area of Tokyo, north-west of the Olympic Village. Several of these venues were also used for the 1964 Summer Olympics.
- Olympic Stadium – Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football (Final); 60,000
- Yoyogi National Gymnasium – Handball; 12,000
- Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium – Table tennis; 10,000
- Nippon Budokan – Judo, Karate; 12,000
- Tokyo International Forum – Weightlifting; 5,000
- Imperial Palace Garden – Cycling (Road); 5,000
- Kokugikan Arena – Boxing; 10,000
Tokyo Bay Zone
20 venues will be located in the vicinity of Tokyo Bay, southeast of the Olympic Village, predominantly on Ariake, Odaiba and the surrounding artificial islands.
- Kasai Rinkai Park – Canoe/Kayak (slalom); 8,000
- Oi Seaside Park – Hockey; 10,000
- Olympic Aquatics Centre – Aquatics (swimming, diving and synchronised swimming); 18,000
- Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center – Water polo
- Yumenoshima Stadium – Archery; 6,000
- Ariake Arena – Volleyball; 12,000
- Olympic BMX Course – Cycling (BMX); 6,000
- Olympic Gymnastic Centre – Gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic and trampoline); 12,000
- Ariake Coliseum – Tennis; 20,000 (10,000 centre court; 5,000 court 1; 3,000 court; 8×250 match courts)
- Odaiba Marine Park – Triathlon and Aquatics (marathon swimming); 5,000
- Shiokaze Park – Beach Volleyball; 12,000
- Central Breakwater – Equestrian (eventing); 20,000
- Central Breakwater – Rowing and Canoe/Kayak (sprint); 20,000
- Wakasu Golf Links – Golf; 30,000
- Aomi Urban Sports Venue – Skateboarding, Sport Climbing
Sites farther than 8 kilometres (5 mi) from the Olympic Village
- Camp Asaka – Shooting
- Musashino Forest Sport Centre – Modern pentathlon (fencing), badminton; 6,000
- Ajinomoto Stadium – Football, modern pentathlon (swimming, riding, running, shooting) and rugby sevens; 50,000
- Saitama Super Arena – Basketball; 22,000
- Enoshima – Sailing, Surfing; 10,000
- Makuhari Messe – Fencing, Taekwondo; 6,000 & Wrestling; 8,000
- Baji Koen – Equestrian (jumping and dressage)
- Izu Velodrome – Cycling (track); 5,000
- Japan Cycle Sports Center – Cycling (mountain bike)
- Yokohama Stadium – Baseball, Softball; 30,000
- Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium – Baseball and Softball events
- International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama; 70,000
- Saitama Stadium, Saitama; 62,000
- Miyagi Stadium, Sendai; 48,000
- Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo; 49,000
- Kashima Soccer Stadium, Ibaraki; 42,000
- Sapporo Dome, Sapporo; 42,000
- Olympic Stadium, Tokyo; 60,000
- Imperial Hotel, Tokyo – IOC
- Harumi Futo – Olympic Village
- Tokyo Big Sight – Media Press Center, International Broadcast Center
Getting between venues
Japan has a super modern transport system and getting to the stadiums and between the venue cities is easy.
Bullet trains or Shinkansen are the best way to get between venue cities in Japan. Kick back, relax and watch the lush Japanese countryside zip past at 320 km/h. One of the great benefits of taking a train is that you arrive right in the centre of your venue city.
The Japan Rail Pass (JRP) is very cost effective way to travel by train throughout the country. It offers unlimited travel around the country for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days and is valid on most Japan Rail trains.
Where to stay
Japan has a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and taste. If you’re looking for a traditional Japanese experience, stay in a ryokan or traditional inn. Here guests usually sleep on futons on a tatami mat floor. You can also enjoy Japanese kaiseki cuisine and rejuvenate in an onsen or hot spring.
If sleeping on a futon isn’t your thing, Japan also has lots of western-style hotels, which range from luxurious Deluxe hotels to basic Business Hotels.
For more information, check out our Guide to Accommodation in Japan.
Japanese hospitality is second to none and the country boasts an incredible range of bars and restaurants, with options for every taste and budget.
As a heads up, most restaurants and bars specialise in a specific type of food (e.g. sushi, ramen, yakitori, etc.).
For a more eclectic selection of food, check out Izakaya (Japanese style pub/restaurants), which can be found all over Japan. These lively establishments serve a variety of tasty dishes and ice-cold beer.
For more information, check out our handy Guide to Eating and Drinking Out in Japan.
Cultural Activities & Outdoor Pursuits
There’s plenty of time between matches, so why not enrich your experience and explore the culture and history of Japan? The country is home to no less than 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including incredible castles, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
For more information on the history of Japan, check out our useful guide.
Japan is also blessed with stunning wilderness and getting out of the bustling cities and into the countryside is a richly rewarding experience.
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