Now Released! The Official Ticket Website and Schedule for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

The Summer Olympics 2020 is set to take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 24th until August 9th. The international community has been patiently waiting for more details on the sports events and tickets for this grand event, and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has finally responded. Keep reading to find out the latest information on the tickets for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: what kind of tickets there are, where to buy tickets to the in your country, how much the tickets cost, and more!


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What Kinds of Tickets Are There?

In general, there are three kinds of tickets that people can acquire:

General: The price for these tickets are the same regardless of whether you are an adult, child, or infant. One child under the age of 2 (as of the competition day) can get free admission if they sit on their guardian's lap. This rule applies even with standing seats.

Wheelchair: Can be accompanied by one person, who will pay the same price and be seated adjacent to the person in the wheelchair.

Group: Applies to groups of 2 or more that have one of the following: a child age 12 or younger, a senior age 60 or older, or a person with disabilities (wheelchair users included).

The ticket prices depend on the specific event and seat. Rather than listing all of these out, we recommend checking out the official pamphlet. It includes maps of each venue so you can see how much you need to pay to be able to sit in a specific section of the venue.

*If you purchase your tickets overseas, there is a possibility that you may not have access to all three ticket types mentioned here. This entirely depends on the seller, so please enquire with them prior to purchasing a ticket.

How Can I Buy a Ticket If I Don't Live in Japan?

People living outside of Japan are unable to use the official ticket website to purchase tickets until the spring of 2020. However, they can go through Authorized Ticket Resellers (henceforth known as ATRs). For a list of ATRs, click here.

Please note:

→ ATRs can engage with fans in Olympic ticket promotion starting from May 9, 2019. This can refer to a whole range of activities, including "expression of interest" sign ups.

→ ATRs are not actually allowed to commence ticket sales until June 15, 2019. The actual sales date may vary depending on the ATR.

I Live in Japan! How Do I Buy a Ticket?

If you do happen to live in Japan, you can submit your entry into the ticket lottery from 10 am on May 9, 2019. Here is how the entire process works:

→ Register for a Tokyo 2020 ID here. (*Currently only in Japanese. An English version will be released shortly before ticket sales begin. There is a domestic phone number verification step.)
→ Search for tickets for the events you're interested in on the Ticket Purchase page of the Official Tokyo 2020 website.
→ Select the number and type of tickets you'd like to purchase.
→ Wait for the lottery results.
→ If you win, pay via credit card (Visa only) or cash via the convenience store and you'll get your ticket!

Also, here are the important dates to keep in mind:

May 9, 2019: Ticket lottery applications open
May 28, 2019: Ticket lottery applications close
June 20, 2019: Ticket lottery results are released
July 2, 2019: Ticket lottery payments are due

First-come-first-served ticket sales will start somewhere in autumn, and last-minute sales will start in the spring of 2020. You can purchase last-minute tickets through the official website, ticket box offices in Japan, or through the official ticket resale service that'll also start in the spring of 2020.

*Schedule may change without prior notice. Check the official website for the latest schedule.

Prepare for Your Olympic 2020 Adventure!

You have all the information necessary to book your ticket, so what are you waiting for? Contact your local ATR (if overseas) or hop onto the official Olympics 2020 ticket website (if in Japan) and get booking! We'll be updating our website with more information on the Olympics 2020 as more news comes out, so please stay tuned.

*For more information on tickets, including the types and how to purchase them if located in Japan, check out this manual made by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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Yuri I.
A third culture kid that is forever searching for a permanent home. When I'm not busy translating or writing, I'm working on my voice, taking photographs, watching anime, and gobbling up everything in sight. For me, curiosity never ends.

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