Get ready for Tokyo!!
For the best chance of scoring a decently priced flight to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics, see tips for finding flights to Japan.
Where to stay in Tokyo during the Olympics?!
And how much do hotels cost?!
The interactive map below of Tokyo Olympic venues was created using the information provided by the official Tokyo 2020 website. If you’re making your accommodation bookings based on a specific sport, please CONFIRM the venue there in case there have been any changes since the date change to 2021.
It’s made so you can search the Olympic venues based on your favorite sports.
Most sports are held within Tokyo.
But some sports are held outside of Tokyo.
New Olympic dates
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to take place with the opening ceremony on Friday, July 23 and the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8. According to the schedule, there are also a few games taking place on July 21-22 as well. (soccer/football and baseball/softball)
To find out when your sport will be happening, use THIS OFFICIAL TOKYO OLYMPICS SCHEDULE BY DATE to plan your trip for the most updated information.
How to use the Tokyo maps below
Location of Olympic venues
Use the first map below of Tokyo Olympic venues to locate what part of Tokyo your favorite sports will be.
The second map is for sports taking place outside of Tokyo.
For these first 2 maps, click the icon in the top left corner of each map to see the venues by sports. Then click on your favorite sport to find out the location they will be held.
These maps may not work very well on this page if you’re on mobile, in which case click on the given link to view in Google Maps.
Then use the third map below of Tokyo hotels to find your desired venue and check for hotel prices in the area!
If you want to use the Olympics to try airbnb for the first time, use my referral link to sign up and you’ll get a discount!
Use the basic tips below in the “where to stay that’s cheaper” section when looking at the location of airbnb homes too.
Search for airbnb homes in Tokyo here, and be sure to know the cancellation policy before you book.
Map #1: Tokyo Olympics venues for sports in heritage zone and Tokyo Bay zone
Most sports will be taking place in what’s known as the “heritage zone” and the “Tokyo Bay zone.”
The Olympic stadium is located in the heritage zone. This is where opening and closing ceremonies will be held.
Sports included in heritage zone: soccer (football), track and field (athletics), table tennis, handball, judo, karate, race walk, weightlifting, boxing, equestrian, badminton, modern pentathlon, rugby, road cycling.
Sports included in Tokyo Bay zone: Volleyball, gymnastics, BMX, skateboarding, tennis, swimming, triathlon, beach volleyball, 3×3 basketball, sport climbing, field hockey, equestrian, canoe, rowing, archery, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, taekwando, wrestling, fencing.
Map #2: Tokyo Olympic venues outside of Tokyo
Sports included: soccer (football), baseball, softball, surfing, basketball, shooting, golf, sailing, track cycling, mountain biking, road cycling, marathon.
It’s not on the map, but the marathon will be taking place in Sapporo (Hokkaido), the northernmost island. It was moved from Tokyo to Sapporo to have slightly cooler temperatures.
Map #3: Search for hotels near Tokyo Olympic venues
To get an idea of where prices will start for hotels, see what the current Tokyo hotel prices are using the map below. (partner website)
For reference, the Toyomi Sports Park is marked as the center of the map, as this is located between the “heritage zone” and the “Tokyo Bay zone” where the majority of sporting events will be taking place.
There should be a map above. If you don’t see it, have a look here!
Where to stay in Tokyo that’s cheaper?!
Tokyo is well-connected by public transportation.
The next best thing you can do is stay near a train station or subway station that goes direct to your favorite sports venue.
So for that, try expanding out the hotels map above and looking for cheaper hotels.
Google Maps is a reliable way to figure out public transportation options.
So once you locate a hotel that’s a reasonable price, search directions from that hotel to the train station or subway station closest to the Olympic venue. (Most venues do come up on Google Maps, so you can just type in the venue too – that’s listed in the Tokyo Olympics map above.)
Especially pay attention to:
- Walking time from your hotel to the nearest train station
- Number of train transfers required
- And of course the total time it takes to get from your hotel to your chosen Olympic venue!
Once you ride the subway or train a few times, you will start to feel like a pro, so don’t worry too much about taking public transportation in Japan.
It might seem intimidating right now, but it’s really not bad AT ALL!
Google Maps really does help a lot!
Best guess is that there will be something specific available during the Olympics too, if not the same.
Otherwise, you’ll want to grab yourself an IC card once you get to Japan.
These are basically recharge cash cards so you don’t have to keep buying individual train tickets.
They make taking the train super easy – swipe in, swipe out! Learn more about IC cards.
And that’s that! Hopefully these maps will help you plan out your time at the Tokyo Olympics!!
And if you will be in Tokyo in 2020 for the Olympics…
There’s a very good chance that it will be HOT!!!
So be sure to be prepared for the heat so your Olympics experience isn’t ruined because of the hot weather!
Also, if you will be traveling around Japan before or after attending the Olympics…
There’s a Mt Fuji climbing season.
This is typically in the summer, and you may or may not be able to hike up it in summer 2021 when you are in Japan for the Olympics. There was no Mt Fuji climbing season in 2020. See the official updates here in 2021.
Here are details you need to know to plan your trip to climb Mt Fuji, including cost.
You also MUST visit Kyoto.
It’s a former capital of Japan with TONS of history and culture, which also includes tons of UNESCO world heritage sites.
And other than that…
Have a look to the classic golden route of Japan!
If you will be following the golden route in a short amount of time, there’s a good chance the Japan rail pass can work out for you – this will allow you to also experience Japan’s super fast shinkansen bullet train.
And then do you want to take a break after the chaos and crowds of the Olympics?!
Head to Japan’s tropical islands to the south!
HAPPY TOKYO OLYMPICS HOTEL PLANNING!