In this article, you can find a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2021 and discover valuable advice on game schedules, accommodation in Tokyo, necessary travel documents such as visas, and other information.
Reschedule of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021
Due to safety concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, Shinzo Abe, then Prime Minister of Japan and President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, has agreed to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until 2021.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will now take place in the summer of 2021, exactly one year after the original start date, in order to “preserve the health of athletes and those affected”.
New Dates for the 2020 Olympics
As mentioned above, the entire Tokyo 2020 schedule has been put back exactly one year back in order to minimize the disruption caused to athletes by the delay and the international sports calendar. The opening ceremony of the Olympics will now take place on July 23, 2021, and the Games themselves will take place between July 24 and August 8, with the closing ceremony being held on the last day of the competitions. Similarly, the calendar of the Paralympics has been delayed by a full year and will now be held from 25 August to 6 September 2021.
How to buy tickets for the Olympics 2021
As many have asked for a refund after the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021, there is still some availability and it is still possible to buy tickets for the Games. To do this, you should browse the list of authorized ticket vendors appointed by the National Olympic Committee of your country to find the ticket vendor closest to you. At the Olympics, ticket prices start at as high as 12,000 for a single adult or 2,000 yen for children, although they can vary depending on the popularity of the event. The most expensive tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies cost about 300,000 yen per adult.
Tokyo Olympics Venues
The main venues for the Tokyo Olympics are divided into two interrelated areas of Tokyo: the Heritage Zone, which rejects some of the stadiums of the 1964 Japanese Olympics, and several newly built venues in the Tokyo Bay Zone. The main venue for many competitions will be the newly renovated Tokyo Stadium, where the athletics events will start on July 30 and where a number of Paralympic events will also take place. The redesigned venue can accommodate more than 68,000 spectators. In total, more than 42 venues, some of which were built specifically for the occasion, will be used for the Olympics and will host more than 339 events in 50 different sports.
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Route Guide to Travel Tokyo for Olympics 2021 including Visa Information
If you plan to travel to Japan for the Olympics in 2021, you will probably arrive at one of Tokyo’s 2 major international airports, either Narita Airport or Haneda Airport.
- Haneda Airport, also known as Tokyo International Airport, is located south of central Tokyo or a 15-minute train ride, just 15 km away.
- While Narita Airport is a little further away, about 60 kilometers from the city, Tokyo is still easy to reach by Narita Express train and transfer to Shinjuku Station.
- However, before booking flights to Tokyo until 2021, you must first check if your nationality needs a visa to enter Japan to enter the country.
Although citizens of roughly 70 countries enjoy visa-free travel to Japan for short stays for tourism, leisure, and business purposes, most foreigners need an approved visa in Japan, regardless of the length and purpose of the trip. It is currently necessary for visa-required travelers to obtain a visa from the Japanese embassy or consulate of their country of residence, but this is expected to change in early 2021 when Japan submits an electronic application for a tourist visa.