With the only couple of months left for the onset of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, Olympic fever is at its peak to relish the athletes’ performance across different sports genre.
Have you planned or are you planning to visit Tokyo to be the part of the Olympics games, then this is the perfect guide for you, where we have comprehensively covered important aspects of the Olympic tour like How to book Olympics 2020 Tickets, When & From where to book hotels and flight tickets, where to stay, Hotels, popular places to visit nearby Tokyo, local food to eat and many more.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Fast Facts
Those who have already made up their mind to mark their presence at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, here we have illustrated some of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Fast Facts.
Olympics Date: 24th July to 9th August 2020
The number of Participating Countries, Athletes, and Events: 12000 athletes from 207 countries competing in 324 events.
Notable venues and zones: Tokyo 2020 Olympics event is scheduled between the “Heritage Zone” (around and to the west of Tokyo station, where the 1964 Tokyo Olympics were held) and the “Tokyo Bay Zone”, which includes Odaiba Island.
The main attraction of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics venue is the newly built New National Stadium that resembles the state of the art version of the previous one. The opening and closing ceremony will take place at the New National Stadium.
Estimated Attendees: As always Tokyo Olympics is expected to be a grand affair, where at least 500,000 people are estimated to attend the games during the 16-day run.
Associated events: The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will take place from 25th August to 6th September 2020.
Mascots: The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Mascot is Miraitowa which signifies “Future” and “Eternity” in Japanese culture. Also for Paralympics games, Someity is the Mascot which is a reflection of Japan’s famous somei yoshino cherry tree, sounds like the English phrase “so mighty”.
How to book Olympics 2020 Tickets
Unlike the usual travel trip, traveling to Japan during the Tokyo Olympics games is not going to be a smooth process. So here we have covered up to three basic ways on How to book Olympics 2020 Tickets.
- Lottery for Residents of Japan: Since Japan is hosting the Olympics 2020 Event, the first preference is given to the Japanese residents to purchase the Tokyo 2020 tickets, through a government-run lottery ticket.
- Remote Sales for Overseas Residents: After the closure of the Lottery ticket sales, the Japanese government will open ticket sales to authorize overseas sellers. In the United States, tickets are available on CoSport, also known as Jet Set Sports.
- Last Minute Online Ticket Sales: Also, the Japanese government has planned to open an online ticket portal both for local and foreign people, which will be able to buy the tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When & From Where to Book Hotels & Flight Tickets?
It is important to book flight tickets and hotels on time, to avoid the last-minute hustle. To avoid disruption, it is recommended to book the hotel and flight tickets 11-12 months ahead of the event, The early you book, the more you save on the tickets.
All the major Tokyo 2020 events are scheduled in the city center, but one should avoid booking hotels nearer to the event, as during the event, the hotel’s bookings get more costly near the city center as compared to the other locations. For detail analysis, you can check our report on What is the best time to book flights & Hotels for Olympics 2020.
Where to stay
Millions of Olympics fans are expected to attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, and finding the accommodation during this period is usually going to be a tedious task.
If you haven’t booked your Tokyo 2020 accommodation and are busy finding the one, then you have some of the basic options. The first way is to wait for more rooms to open up, which will take place after April 2020. The second cheapest way is to opt away from Tokyo City center and travel into the city through different modes of transportation.
Hotels during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics events are expected to be fully booked. Japan Hotel rates vary for different places, where the city will cost more as compared to that away from it. The cheapest option available is a hostel that will cost around $82 per night for a bed in a six-bedroom dormitory.
Also, Japan’s famous capsule hotels can cost as low as $150 per night during the Olympics.
Ryokan is a famous place to live in during the Olympics period. Ryokans are traditional Japanese style inns that feature tatami floored rooms nestled near hot springs or onsen.
During the stay, ryokan offers us to experience an elaborate dinner and breakfast featuring local as well as seasonal cuisine. Also, it presents the visitor an opportunity to indulge in a luxury piping hot bath and sleep on a futon.
The average stay in Ryokan will cost more than a hotel room, which ranges between 15000 and 25000 yen (between $140 -230) per person.
How to get around during Tokyo 2020
Tokyo is known to have one of the most efficient urban transport systems in the world. There are ample of transport system available for a visitor during the Olympics. To know details of busses, trains, metro and other transport mediums, we have a detailed article on Tokyo Transportation Tips.
Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway
These are the underground rail line operated by two different companies, but functioning together. PASMO or SUICA card is available to use the Tokyo Subway system. The Tokyo Metro Fare costs about 170-310 yen for a one-way ticket, while a one day pass costs 600 yen.
Ginza, Otemachi, Kokkai Gijido-mae Taemeiki-Sanno, Nagatacho and Shinjuku are some of the popular Tokyo Metro Stations.
Japan Railway Lines (JR)
If you possess a Japan Rail pass, you can travel for free in Yamanote Loop Line to high-speed Shinkansen that runs everywhere across Japan.
Private Rail Lines
Tobu, Keisei, and Keikyu are some of the private rail lines which connect central Tokyo to Haneda Airport.
Limousine Bus is a popular bus service that connects various locations around Tokyo to city airports through city buses to long-distance highway buses.
Taxi, Uber and Japan Taxi
One of the most convenient ways to reach the Olympic destination is by ordering a Taxi, Uber or Japan Taxi. The Fares for the Taxi usually starts at 730 yen for the first kilometer and 80-90 yen for every 300 meters thereafter.
Renting a Car
If you happen to rent a car in Tokyo, it is mandatory to carry an International Driving Permit.
You can rent the ordinary or electric bikes and ride along the streets towards the Olympic venue.
If you are close to the city center, then get around on foot comfortably.
Places to Visit Nearby Tokyo
If you are planning to explore Tokyo during your stay at the Olympics event, then you will find amazing places and fantastic sport in and around Tokyo. Here we have mentioned some of the best places to visit nearby Tokyo. We have also listed the Best 25 Places You must not miss when in Tokyo.
Kamogawa Sea World
It is a popular Marine Theme Park, featuring an integrated environment exhibit facility with over 11000 species of rive and marine organisms. Also, you can enjoy Killer and dolphin shows at Kamogawa Sea World.
Baso-no-mura offers visitors a traditional way of life and crafts, with several events, including seasonal festivals, martial arts demonstrations, folk art performances, and themed exhibits.
Tokyo Disney Land
This theme park offers various attractions and entertainment to the Olympic visitors.
Cherry Blossoms and Azaleas Park
Shimizu Park is one of the most renowned azalea spots in the Konto area. The park also features playgrounds and camping grounds.
It is a sub-tropical archipelago place, renowned as the top tourist spot like Naha city’s Shuri Castle and Kabira Bay on paradisiacal Ishigaki Island.
What Local Food to Eat
Tokyo is well known for its local food to relish during free time. There are ample of dishes available across the city cuisines, but we have listed and picked some of the best out of them.
- Futomaki Sushi: Experience the delicious gourmet dish Futomaki Sushi prepared using a special technique with elegant patterns.
- Tempura: Tempura is one of the popular Japanese dishes, prepared in meat, seafood or vegetables coated in a light batter and then flesh fried.
- Yakitori: It is one of the best dishes to try in Tokyo, typically enjoyed as street food, also found as a menu in many restaurants.
- Tonkatsu: Tonkatsu is seafood, a thick pork cutlet breaded with panko crumbs and deep-fried to golden perfection.
- Onigiri: Onigiri rice balls are easily available in some of the best down eateries. The dish is a simple plain salted rice filled with pickled plum, tuna or salmon.
Things you Need For Travelling
If you have planned to travel to Tokyo during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics event, then remember to carry the following things you need for traveling.
- Cash and Credit Card
- Reserve Sim Card
- Portable Wifi
- Electrical Adapter
- Power Bank
- Japan Rail Pass
- Right Clothes for Weather
- Right Footwear for the Occasion.
During your travel for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, you can purchase a Japan 4G Sim Card with unlimited data online at Narita, Haneda or Osaka airports. Also one can purchase Japan Travel SIM Cards like IIJmio Japan Travel Sim.
It is always recommended to buy travel insurance while traveling to Japan. Travel Insurance not only covers medical care but also luggage, canceled hotel and plane tickets.
Different countries offer different travel policies so choose the best Travel policy according to one’s needs.