Tokyo 2020 postponed – Now is the time to make travel plans!
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed to 2021. Yesterday, the new dates for next summer were announced. The games will take place pretty much one year later than scheduled, from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
Beginning of the year we told you how difficult and costly it is to travel to Tokyo to see the Olympics. But as you know, every crisis has its opportunities. So how has the situation changed?
Purchased tickets remain valid
In case you have already purchased tickets to the Olympics, these tickets will still be valid in 2021. If you cannot attend anymore, you will receive a refund. Currently, tickets for residents outside of Japan are only available from the authorized ticket reseller in your country. Depending on your country, tickets for the beach volleyball event might still be available.
With the Games approaching, those outside of Japan will also be able to purchase tickets directly from the Tokyo Olympics’ official ticket website. This was originally scheduled to start now but has been postponed until further notice.
For accomodation, it’s time to act now!
We told you that prices for accommodation in Toyko had climbed to painful levels. Many hotels charged US$ 500 and more. But if you act now, you might still be able to get a good deal. A quick check on a few hotel reservation sites and on Airbnb revealed that currently you are able to find a room for US$ 100 and less. We just booked a 3-star hotel in downtown Tokyo for less than US$ 50 per night. We assume that prices will go up again in the next few days. So if you really wanna go, it’s time to book now!
The Tokyo Tourism Representative Office reommends to make bookings as soon as possible:
“Many people book trips to Tokyo a year ahead if they are trying to go in high seasons for cherry blossoms, festivals, etc. The travel arrangement for the Olympics would not look any different.”
We assume that hotel prices for the Olympic period will go up quickly. Affordable accommodation could still be found in prefectures surrounding Tokyo that can be reached within 30–60 minutes by public transport. You might wanna check out accomodation near metro stations on a single train line into Tokyo. Examples include Saitama, Chiba or Narita prefectures.
That’s just a quick update on the latest news. We are going to share a lot more information in the weeks to come, especially regarding schedule and tickets. Stay tuned, we will keep you posted.