How to buy Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games tickets internationally

The window for international sales of Tokyo 2020 tickets has now opened. Find out how to secure your tickets here.

By ZK Goh

If you've been wondering, "When do Tokyo 2020 Olympic tickets go on sale?", here's your answer.

Tickets for the next Games, which will be celebrated in the Japanese capital from 24 July to 9 August 2020, have now been released to international fans.

This is separate to the ticket lottery process for Japan-based fans.

Country-by-country Olympics 2020 tickets sales

Around 30 per cent of the expected 7.8 million Games tickets have been reserved for international spectators, with Tokyo 2020 organisers keen that the "vast majority" of tickets go to local fans.

This first phase of international ticket sales is being run by Authorised Ticket Resellers, or ATRs. Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) has been assigned an ATR, and fans must purchase their tickets through the ATR in their nation of residence.

A full list of ATRs is available here.

Demand is expected to be high. Games organisers had to extend the ballot registration period for Japanese fans, with over 7.5 million registrations and more than 24 million hits received on the ticketing website.

Every NOC has been allocated a certain number of tickets to meet the expected demand.

Sales periods will differ between ATRs for each nation, so fans should check with their ATR for exact dates.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa holds the torch of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Tokyo 2020 ticket prices

To know how much Olympic tickets are, you'll have to check with the ATR in your nation as Tokyo 2020 ticket prices will vary between ATRs. Each ATR will set its own pricing for their tickets.

In Japan, half of all tickets were priced at 8,000 yen (approximately US$70) or less, with the cheapest general tickets priced at 2,500 yen (US$23).

There are also special tickets priced at 2,020 yen (US$18) to mark the Games year.

The most expensive tickets for the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony cost locals in excess of 220,000 yen (US$2,030), while athletics remained the most expensive sport, with the men's 100m final featuring tickets priced at 130,000 yen (US$1,200).

Further 2020 Olympics tickets sales

After this stage of sales, further tickets will be made available in Japan, with the 'first come, first served' phase beginning in the spring of 2020.

International residents outside Japan will be able to purchase tickets alongside Japanese fans on Tokyo 2020's official ticket website at the prices set for the Japanese market.

Any last-minute sales will also be available from physical official ticket box offices across Tokyo.


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