The Ultimate Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Travel and Event Guide

The year was 1964, that was the last time the Olympics were in Tokyo. Fifty-six years later the world’s most famous sporting event returns to arguably the most the most iconic city in Asia.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from Friday, 24 July to Sunday, 9 August. Innovative and organized are some words you can use to describe the Japanese people and without a doubt these games will be exactly that.

The most informative and comprehensive guide (which will be updated up until the event start-date) will give you an overview of the games which includes key dates, popular events, sports venues and ticket information.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics key dates

  • Takes place over 17 action-packed days from July 24 to August 9.
  • Opening Ceremony will be held on July 24 at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium
  • Some sporting events will take place two days before the Opening Ceremony
  • 33 sports and 339 events over 17 days
  • Day 1 showcases 21 different sports (July 25)
  • Soccer/Football finals: Men’s finals will be August 8 and women’s finals on August 7
  • Basketball finals: Men’s and women’s will both take place on August 8
  • The Closing Ceremony will happen on the last day of the games (August 9).
  • The Tokyo Paralympic Games will start 15 days after the closure of the Olympics, from August 25 to September 6.

Full list of competition sports for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Below is the full list of competition sports that are set for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. These include team sports and singles.

  • Aquatics: artistic swimming, diving, swimming, water polo
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball (new sport): baseball, softball
  • Basketball: basketball, 3-on-3 basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing: slalom, sprint
  • Climbing (new sport)
  • Cycling: BMX freestyle, BMX racing, mountain biking, road cycling, track cycling
  • Equestrian: dressage, eventing, jumping
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics: artistic, rhythmic, trampoline
  • Handball
  • Judo
  • Karate (new sport): kata, kumite
  • Modern pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Rugby sevens
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skateboarding (new sport)
  • Surfing (new sport)
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball: volleyball, beach volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling: freestyle, Greco-Roman

Getting tickets to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Unfortunately at the moment, only Japanese residents are eligible to apply for tickets from the official Tokyo 2020 website. Non-Japanese residents can buy tickets from their respective country’s authorized ticket reseller, they can do so at

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