The 2020 Summer Games have generated a lot of interest and we’ve received plenty of questions about the event. We’ve put together a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you with your planning. Of course, we are happy to answer any questions you have over the phone at 1-800-465-1765 or by email as well.
What is the weather like in Tokyo during the Summer Games?
Tokyo’s summer weather is typically quite hot and humid, with average daytime highs in the mid 80s fahrenheit. Rain is a possibility so it would be a good idea to bring clothes that work well for rainy weather (ponchos, boots, layered clothing) and to plan to dress in layers so that you can be prepared, regardless of the temperature.
What are the best accommodations for the Summer Games?
We’ve spent lots of time scouting out hotels for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and selected our favorites based on their exceptional service, impressive amenities and convenient locations.
Roadtrips is proud to offer some of Tokyo’s best hotels for the Summer Games. The Four Seasons Otemachi (scheduled to open in August 2020) is Tokyo’s newest and most anticipated luxury property. Its upscale guest rooms and prime location overlooking the Imperial Palace will provide a premier Summer Games experience. Its sister property, The Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi, is a gorgeous boutique hotel that provides an intimate experience without sacrificing amenities.
Our guests can also enjoy the Hyatt Centric Ginza. This modern hotel opened in 2018 and boasts an ideal location in the popular Ginza district, convenient to restaurants, shops, and many Summer Games venues.
We’re big fans of Tokyo’s Shinjuku area and have secured a couple of great hotels in this lively neighborhood. The iconic Park Hyatt Tokyo is a luxe property that gained notoriety after being featured in the movie Lost in Translation. Nearby, the Hilton Tokyo is well located with access to wonderful restaurants, fascinating attractions, and plenty of shopping. For more information on accommodations, check out our blog post on the best places to stay in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Games.
How can I get tickets to the Summer Games events?
Tickets can be requested directly from the official Tokyo 2020 website – https://tokyo2020.org/en/.
Where will the 2020 Summer Games be held?
The majority of events will take place at various venues in Tokyo. Additional venues are located in Sendai, Saitama, Ibaraki, Sapporo, and Yokohama. For more details, check out our Summer Games Venues page.
How do you get to Tokyo?
The majority of those traveling to Tokyo from abroad will fly into one of Tokyo’s main international airports: Narita or Haneda. Those traveling within Japan can take advantage of the country’s efficient train system.
When you travel with Roadtrips, our team will assist with your transportation to and from the airport as well as to the event venues.
What currency is accepted? Can I pay with credit card?
The currency in Japan is the Japanese Yen. Currently, one US dollar is equal to just over 100 Japanese Yen. Unlike the US and Canada, cash is still king in Japan. However, credit cards are becoming more widely accepted, particularly in Tokyo. You should have no problem using a credit card at hotels and for taxis, though if you’re shopping in smaller shops or purchasing metro tickets, you may find that cash is your only option. At Summer Games venues, Visa is the only credit card accepted. ATMs are available throughout Tokyo, though some will not accept international cards. Your best bet is to look for ATMs from 7 Bank (found in 7-Eleven stores), Postal ATMs (found in Post Offices), and Prestia Bank ATMs. These generally accept international cards and offer an English language option.
What items are prohibited at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo?
While the official list of prohibited items for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo has not been released yet, we expect that it will be similar to past Games. Prohibited items are likely to include:
- Weapons or anything that could be perceived as such
- Non-prescribed or illegal drugs
- Items of an extremist, offensive, or discriminatory nature
- Flags and banners exceeding 2 meters x 1 meter or flags of non-participating countries
- Camera lenses exceeding 300mm and tripods
There will likely also be restrictions on food and drink. Roadtrips’ pre-travel documents will include detailed information on what will be permitted and prohibited at venues. Please check the list thoroughly before you go as security standards at the Games are always high.
What travel documents do I need for my stay in Japan?
Citizens of the U.S. and Canada, as well as many European countries, will not require a visa for entry into Japan for the Summer Games, assuming your stay is not longer than 90 days. You will require a valid passport as well as an onward or return ticket. We recommend checking with the Japanese consulate nearest you for the most up to date entry requirements.
Will it be hard to find a hotel in Tokyo during the Summer Games? What are the best areas to stay?
At major international sporting events, particularly during the Summer Games, it’s extremely difficult to secure a hotel room on your own. In many cases, hotel rooms are never even made available to the public; they’re often allocated years in advance to tour operators, event organizers, sponsors, and media.
Fortunately, we’ve secured rooms at some of Tokyo’s best hotels for our guests in some of our favorite areas: Shinjuku and Ginza. Our comprehensive travel packages take the hassle out of the process and get you access to first-class accommodation.
What will be the best events at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo?
While the best events are largely a matter of personal preference, there are some events that tend to be more popular than others. Athletics, swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball, and basketball always seem to be in high demand. Specifically for the Tokyo games, Team Japan often excels in judo and baseball, which would be worth attending to experience the local excitement.
When are the best days to attend the Summer Games?
One of the great things about the Summer Games is that each day offers a different experience. Choosing which days to attend requires a few considerations including your preferred sports and your travel schedule. That said, some days are expected to be more popular than others:
July 23 – The Summer Games will kick off on July 23, 2021 with the Opening Ceremony. One of the most coveted events of the Games, there is nothing like the Opening Ceremony to get you into the spirit of the event.
July 31 – A total of 18 gold medals will be awarded on July 31st including the women’s 100m final.
August 1 – To complete an already exciting weekend, 25 more medal events are scheduled for August 1st. One of the highlights will be the men’s 100m final, where a new athlete will be crowned champion for the first time since 2004.
August 7 – The penultimate day of the Summer Games is jam-packed with medal events including basketball, football (soccer), and beach volleyball.
August 8 – The Games conclude with the Closing Ceremonies which will include the medal ceremony for the men’s marathon.
Our Sports Travel Specialists will help you select the perfect days to attend, based on your preferences.
What kind of transportation will be available at the 2020 Summer Games?
Tokyo’s metro system of trains and buses is notoriously efficient and in many cases, will be the best way to travel around the city and between events. Taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber are also plentiful. Renting a car is not recommended due to the traffic and parking challenges.
What other cities should I visit during the 2020 Summer Games?
Japan has so many wonderful cities to visit, it’s hard to narrow it down. A few that are definitely worth checking out:
- Kyoto – About 2.5 hours from Tokyo via bullet train, Kyoto is a fascinating historic destination. You could spend weeks checking out the numerous temples, palaces, and spectacular gardens.
- Osaka – Just 35 miles from Kyoto, you’ll find Osaka, Japan’s second largest city. Marvel at its incredible architecture, visit the famed Osaka Castle, and make sure to check out Dotonbori entertainment district.
- Hiroshima – A city with a somber history, the city has rebuilt and has plenty to offer visitors. The Peace Memorial Park is worth a visit, as is Hiroshima Castle, and the beautiful gardens of Shukkei-en.
- Fukuoka – Fukuoka is the product of two cities that combined to form one of the country’s largest metropolises. Highlights of the city include Fukuoka Castle and Ohori Park as well as Shofukuji Temple, the country’s first Zen temple.
- Sapporo – Home to the 1972 Winter Games, Sapporo is located on Hokkaido, the country’s northernmost island. The city is a wonderful urban center full of great restaurants, shopping and nightlife, and is also the perfect base from which to explore the beauty of the rest of the island, including its picturesque mountains and hot springs.
What is included in 2020 Summer Games Travel Packages?
Roadtrips’ 2020 Summer Games packages include your choice of first class accommodations, meet and greet service upon arrival, hotel transfers, full breakfast daily, custom event day experiences, a Tokyo welcome kit, a Summer Games Commemorative gift package, personalized itinerary, on-site host services and local assistance, pre-trip travel planning and concierge services, and a number of other extras that can be added to personalize your experience.
How do I get to Summer Games events?
There are a number of different options. At events of this magnitude, public transport is often quickest and most efficient way to get to events. Tokyo has a wonderful public transportation system which will offer complimentary service with your event ticket. Taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber are abundant and also good options. Roadtrips can also arrange for private transfers to get you to and from your events at your convenience. Our team can provide information on what options are available and recommended for your specific itinerary.