The Games of the XXXII Olympiad, the 2020 Summer Olympics, will be based in Tokyo, with selected events held throughout Japan.
Tokyo will be the only Asian city to have hosted two summer Olympics, having hosted the games in 1964.
With the Opening Ceremony on July 24, the official 16 days of the games will end on August 9. A few soccer games be held as early as the 22nd.
The Opening Ceremony for the Paralympics is on August 25, with the Closing Ceremony on September 6.
For the first time, climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing will feature at the Olympics, while baseball and softball make their return after being dropped from the 2012 Olympics.
Residents of Japan can register on the online platform to get a "Tokyo 2020 ID", which they can use to apply for tickets in spring 2019 before they go on sale to residents of other countries. In true Japanese style, tickets will also be available for purchase at vending machines.
Non-residents have to buy tickets through an agent in their home country; a list of agents will be available on the ticket sales site in spring 2019.
It's expected that most event tickets will cost between ¥2,500 and ¥130,000, with typical tickets costing around ¥7,000. Tickets to the opening ceremony will cost ¥15,000–300,000. At previous recent Olympics Games cheaper seat categories were heavily oversubscribed.
Book your hotel room as soon as possible. As of late 2018, at least one hotel (the Hotel Okura Tokyo) is already fully booked. There is also concern that government restrictions on Airbnb, introduced in 2018, may lead to a shortage of lodging options.
It's best to be within easy reach of Minato or Odaiba for the Olympic Park, but the cheaper hostels area at Asakusa is not far either. Cheap and plentiful accommodation can be found in prefectures surrounding Tokyo, so if you don't mind the trade-off of 30–60 minutes of commute, you can still plan an Olympics trip even if accommodation seems to be otherwise prohibitively expensive or hard to find. Examples can include looking at hotels near stations on a single train line into Tokyo, such as in central Saitama (prefecture), southern Ibaraki, or the area in Chiba (prefecture) between Tokyo and Narita. Southern Chiba and western Kanagawa would likely be too far to consider for most people as a daily commute to the games.
General information about getting around Tokyo appears in the Tokyo article.
Driving in Tokyo is usually a bad idea, and during the Olympics it will probably be impossible to find any parking vacancy in the whole city. Just use the train/metro system, which is used to huge crowds. The train/metro system is the most efficient way to travel in Tokyo. It is also good fun planning the routes.
Most events will take place in Tokyo or close to it, with three further cities holding some football games and a fourth hosting some baseball and softball games:
- Fukushima, about 90 minutes north of Tokyo.
- Kashima, about 90 minutes northeast of Tokyo.
- Sendai, two hours north of Tokyo.
- Sapporo, in the very north of Japan.
Most sites are not built yet.
Venues in Tokyo, near Yoyogi:
New National StadiumOpening ceremony, track and field, soccer.
Tokyo Metropolitan GymnasiumTable tennis.
Yoyogi National StadiumHandball.
Venues in Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace:
Imperial Palace GardenStart of the bicycle road race.
Tokyo International ForumWeight lifting.
Kokugikan ArenaBoxing, in Japan's most famous sumo wrestling place.
Venues in Tokyo, around Ariake:
Ariake ArenaIndoor volleyball.
Olympic BMX CourseBMX.
Olympic VelodromeCycling track.
Olympic Gymnastic CentreGymnastics.
Ariake Tennis ParkTennis.
Odaiba Marine ParkTriathlon, marathon swimming.
Shiokaze ParkBeach volleyball.
Tokyo Big Sight Hall AWrestling.
Tokyo Big Sight Hall BFencing, taekwondo.
Seaside Park Hockey StadiumHockey. Nice park nearby, including a bird sanctuary with an observation deck with free binoculars and a small museum.
Olympic VillageTrain hard enough and you might get your accommodation here. Only athletes, trainers and officials are allowed.
Venues in Tokyo, around Sea Forest (海の森)
Sea Forest Cross-Country CourseEquestrian eventing cross-country.
Sea Forest WaterwayRowing, Canoe-Kayak.
Sea Forest Mountain Bike CourseMountain bike.
Wakasu Olympic MarinaSailing.
Kasai Slalom CourseCanoe-Kayak slalom.
Venues in Tokyo, around Dream Island (夢の島):
Youth Plaza Arena ABadminton.
Youth Plaza Arena BBasketball.
Dream Island Archery FieldArchery.
Olympic Aquatics CentreSwimming, synchronised swimming, diving.
Venues in Musashino, one hour from the Tokyo center:
Musashino Forest Sport CentreModern pentathlon: fencing.
Tokyo StadiumFootball, modern pentathlon (swimming, riding, running, shooting), and rugby sevens. The stadium will be renamed from "Ajinomoto Stadium".
Musashino Forest ParkFinish of the bicycle road race.
Other venues one hour from the Tokyo center:
Asaka shooting RangeShooting.
Kasumigaseki Country ClubGolf.
Saitama Super ArenaBasketball.
International Stadium YokohamaFootball.
Yokohama StadiumBaseball and softball.
Venues in further cities:
Fukushima Azuma Baseball StadiumBaseball and softball.
Kashima Soccer StadiumFootball.
Tokyo has many other attractions, which are worth checking between the two games.