It’s 2018, just about the time to start planning your trip to the 2020 Summer Tokyo Olympics in Japan. If you loved the games in Rio 2016, then the time is right to plan that trip, in advance so you can know what to expect when traveling abroad. We want to help you have a great time and arrive safely, so here’s our guide to organizing the perfect vacation around the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games!
Mark the Date for the Tokyo Olympics
Before traipsing off in a foreign country, it’s mindful to know what and when the important dates of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games occur. The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo breakdown is as follows:
Tokyo Olympics run from July 24th to August 9th, 2020
There is a two week break and then the Paralympics begin on August 25th through September 6th, 2020
This is a high peak season for traveling, so be sure to plan accordingly and budget ahead. Traveling abroad can be expensive and safety is always an issue consider the following when planning your trip:
Purchase Your Tokyo Olympics Tickets Early
Purchasing a ticket could be very overwhelming. But rest assured we are here to ease the confusion and help aid in the buying process. Consider that at the moment 10 Japanese Yen (JPY) equals about .09 cents U.S. Dollars. According to Tokyo2020.org:
“Residents of Japan from today also have their first chance to register on Tokyo 2020’s online platform in order to receive information about ticketing and, from the spring of 2019, to be able to apply for tickets. The platform can be accessed at https://id.tokyo2020.jp/. Additional details of the ticket ordering and purchasing process for residents of Japan will be announced on the Tokyo 2020 website in due course. The basic outline of ticket prices for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be as follows (applicable to tickets purchased in Japan):
- A range of prices from JPY 12,000 up to JPY 300,000 for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
- A range of prices for tickets to sports events from JPY 2,500 up to JPY 130,000
- half of all tickets to be priced at JPY 8,000 or less.
- A symbolic ticket price of JPY 2,020 for families and groups resident in Japan whose members include children, senior citizens or individuals with impairments; this price will also be available in conjunction with a school program targeting over one million students across Japan.
- Concessionary tickets for wheelchair-dedicated areas.”
Book Your Flight Now for the Tokyo Olympics
Flying from the U.S. to Japan is a long and lengthy trip. Be sure you pack accordingly and check what restrictions there are at customs before leaving the terminal. The best Airport to fly into for anyone visiting the Games is the Narita National Airport which is about 40 miles from the center of Tokyo.
Accommodations for Tokyo Olympics
This is where you can get creative. Japan is a completely different culture, so sure, you can stay in a fabulous hotel, but if you are trying to save a buck or two consider Housesitting. You can look up places at Mind My House, and cook for yourselves and enjoy a little bit more bang for your buck. Enjoy all the comforts being in your own “home”. There is so much to do, honestly, having a big fancy hotel room you just might regret, because you will never be there to enjoy it.
Traveling Around town
It’s easy to get around Japan, just purchase a Rail Pass! Japan Rail Pass is a multi-use discounted ticket, valid for travels on all JR national trains in Japan, including Shinkansen bullet trains and Narita Express. You can select 7, 14 or 21 consecutive validity days. Choose between Standard and Green Pass (first class).
Order your JR Pass online. You will receive an Exchange Order (delivery in Japan available), which then needs to be exchanged and activated in Japan for the actual JR Pass. All foreign nationals who visit Japan for tourist reasons can purchase it.
Japan is a very safe city, ranked 26th on the world’s safest cities. Despite Japan’s ranking as the world’s safest nation, crime happens. Women have the most to fear, but everyone can benefit from learning safety measures and taking extra precaution. The following strategies can get pretty heavy and might leave you feeling paranoid. My intent is not to instill a sense of fear but a sense of preparation, understanding, and even confidence. We are not helpless and being proactive can reduce the chances of falling victim in Japan, or anywhere.
According to Safearound.com Japan has a safety index of 83%. This is how to be and stay safe in an emergency in Japan:
If you caused or are in an accident
Put safety first. If there are injured people or broken cars, please move to a safe space to avoid causing a second accident. If the police are called, they will ask for details on the accident, such as time and how it occurred. CALL 119 EMERGENCY! Get your English Pamphlet about 119 emergency here.
After calling 119, contact insurance companies
After you’ve contacted emergency services, the next step is to contact the insurance companies. The insurance company will guide you through the necessary procedures, so please follow those. The formula to dialing outside of the country is 010 + country code + area code + phone number. If you’re calling a cell phone, then it’s 010 + country code + cell phone number. If the area code or the cell phone number starts with a 0, please leave that out when dialing.
Here is a list of country codes:
You’ve been robbed
If you’ve been robbed or lost something, contact an employee if it was in a train station or an officer at a police box if it was in town. The police boxes will be easy to find, and there is always an officer there. They have the word KOBAN written in front, and are often in places filled with people, such as by train stations.
You’ve fallen ill
The best way to protect yourself from a problem with injury or illness is to obtain an emergency medical plan. For a low fee you will be guaranteed medical transportation to your home country. You will want to be treated by your own doctors surrounded by your family.
If you’ve fallen seriously ill, call an ambulance. Follow the English Pamphlet about 119 Emergency.
If the illness isn’t too severe go to the clinic if possible with a person fluent in Japanese. If not, take this link to English-speaking clinics in Tokyo.