Start now and live your Olympic Dream and be part of the 2020 Summer Games. Opening Ceremony is July 24th and runs through August 9th, 2020.Be there and play a part in what promises to be the biggest and most spectacular Opening Ceremony ever. Don’t look for fireworks but instead look to the skies as satellites above drop thousands of colored filled meteors that burn when they hit the atmosphere. The city of Tokyo and the country of Japan will be the place to be in 2020. Our office is already open and happy to answer all your questions. Sign up below and get our updates sent to you directly from Tokyo.Below is the list of options to think about for you, your group, company and family and friends. Let us customize your Summer Games package.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held in the newly built National Olympic Stadium located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The new stadium is being built on the original site of the National Stadium that was the venue for both ceremonies and for track and field events at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games. It will be completed by November, 2019. At the 2020 Summer Games there will be five new sports added to the program: Baseball/Softball, Karate, Skateboard, Sports Climbing and Surfboard.
There are many wonderful and unique things to do and see while in Tokyo. It’s impossible to fit them all in but here are some of our personal favorites:
The surreal Tokyo Robot evening cabaret show in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district (red-light district) will be unlike anything you’ve seen before. A sci-fi Japanese cabaret starring giant robots, the show is loud and proud, both visually and audibly, with flashing lights, multiple mirrors and huge video screens accompanied by the sounds of taiko drums and pumping techno music. A party of bright lights and crazy sound, the restaurant is no quiet night out.
Four 90-minute shows run every night, in which dancers in dazzling costumes perform alongside robots, giant pandas, dinosaurs and more. It’s impossible to know what will happen next, and at one point, neon tanks come out to battle an army of samurais and ninjas. This should be the second item purchased after you book your flights. This is one of a kind, only found in Tokyo, and will sell out early. If you want to have a great night out combine the Robot cabaret with dinner at a Samurai themed restaurant. This restaurant is prepared with private rooms where you can experience living the life of Japanese warlords.
Tsukiji Fish Market –After the long journey to get to Tokyo it can take a day or two before the body clock kicks in. A good thing to do while you are waiting for that to happen, is to visit the amazing Tsukiji Fish Market. This is the world’s largest fish market and you have to be there at 5:00 am to watch the tuna auctions. We advise you to get there around 4:20am to walk around. A visit to Tsukiji is topped off with a sushi breakfast. There are plenty of sushi counters scattered all over Tokyo but the best ones are near the wholesale fruit and vegetable market just inside the main gate at Shin-ohashi Street.
Sumo Wrestling – come watch traditional sumo wrestling live. It is definitely an experience. Watch it in person as the wrestlers march in their rikishi parade into the arena, stretch, stomp and toss salt in preparation for their matches, wearing ceremonial aprons over their loincloths. Please check with us for their schedules and prices. If there are no bouts scheduled you can watch a training session at the sumo stable or “beya”. Once inside, you keep quiet and watch one of Japan’s oldest sporting events as they prepare for battle.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks and for good reason. It is the most beautiful garden to just walk around. We will supply you with a map in English (ay-go-mapoo) for you to walk and see this spectacular garden.
Sensō-ji – Tokyo’s most visited temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy), which, according to legend, was miraculously pulled out of the nearby Sumida-gawa by two fishermen in AD 628. The image has remained on the spot ever since but is never on public display. The present structure dates from 1958. Entrance to the temple complex is via the fantastic, red Kaminari-mon (Thunder Gate) and busy shopping street Nakamise-dori. Before passing through the gate, look to either side to see statues of Fujin (the god of wind) and Raijin (the god of thunder), and under the giant red lantern to see a beautiful carved dragon.
Stalls along Nakamise-dori sell everything from tourist souvenirs to genuine Edo-style crafts. At the end of Nakamise-dori is the temple itself, and to your left you’ll spot the 55m high Five Storey Pagoda. In front of the temple is a large incense cauldron: the smoke is said to bestow health and you’ll see people rubbing it into their bodies through their clothes. At the eastern edge of the temple complex is Asakusa-jinja, a shrine built in honor of the brothers who discovered the Kannon statue that inspired the construction of Senso-ji.
Tokyo National Museum is one museum that you should consider to take in while in Tokyo. Japan’s oldest and most expansive museum hosts the largest collection of Japanese art and artifacts on the planet. Strolling through the halls of its six buildings, you’ll see samurai armor, ornate swords, delicate pottery, decorated tombs, kimonos, calligraphy, paintings, and much more. These works and relics trace the history of the Japanese people. In addition, you’ll find pieces from all across the continent in the Asian Gallery. If you love history, this is a must. We loved this museum and would highly recommend it.
Dinner and Drinks in Ebisu – if you’re looking for the local, authentic, trendy area then go to Ebisu. It is a little area in a wonderful neighborhood in Shibuya-ku and these little restaurants all have grilled meats and vegetables, sashimi and other local choices. This is a very easy area to find. If you’re taking the train, its one stop away from the Shibuya on the JR Yamanote Line and two stops from Roppongi in the Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line. Contact us for more information.
Mount Fuji’s iconic profile can be seen on a clear day from Tokyo. Almost 60 miles south-west of the city, it is one of the most well-known symbols of Japan. Take a day trip to Mount Fuji’s Lake Ashi and come back to Tokyo at the end the day in the world famous Japanese bullet train. Have a fully guided tour in your language and travel in a deluxe motor coach to Mt. Fuji’s 5th station, 7,545 feet up, and learn about the history of this magical volcano, have extended time there to take pictures and have lunch (a traditional Japanese lunch or bring your own). After Mr. Fuji, we will drive to nearby Lake Ashi for a short cruise and a ride on the Mt. Komagatake ropeway. Climb up by aerial tram to the top of Mt. Komagatake and get the most spectacular views of the Owakudoni Volcanic Valley, Lake Ashi, of course, Mt. Fuji. We return to Tokyo by bullet train in the evening. This happens to be a beautiful day trip that we’ve taken and recommend. We received many thank you’s from happy clients that we took on this day tour in 2002 while attending the World Cup.