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.
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.
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!
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.
Map #3: Search for hotels near Tokyo Olympic venues
To get an idea of where prices will start for hotels in summer 2020, 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.
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.
In Tokyo, you can buy suica and passmo cards, while in Kyoto the equivalent is an icoca card.
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.
HAPPY TOKYO OLYMPICS HOTEL PLANNING!
More quick tips for planning your trip to JapanThere are affiliate links on this page that take you to partner websites.
The super fast train in JapanIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it. But here's how to calculate it to be sure.
See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)
There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.
You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)
I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!
The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.
So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.
Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.
If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
Best travel guides for JapanIf you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.
For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.
See more of the best books for Japan trip planning.
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