Tokyo has launched its official Olympic Games Ticket Website! Checklist to prep your trip.

The Tokyo 2020 Games are going to be EPIC, so you’d better start working on the checklist for your trip.

The Tokyo 2020 Games are going to be EPIC, so you’d better start working on the checklist for your trip.

It’s  official, you guys! The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games official ticket website has been launched and the Competition Schedule has been published! The lottery for Japanese residents begins MAY 9, but the rest of us will have to buy our tickets from an ATR (Authorized Ticket Reseller) in our countries (Click HERE to find your reseller). The Tokyo organizing committee has set up a website specially for foreigners to help them plan their trip, but I’m sending you a little checklist with tips and tricks that may help you.

My ticket for the Beijing 2008 Games Opening Ceremony

My ticket for the Beijing 2008 Games Opening Ceremony

Don’t wait to have your tickets before you book accommodations! In Beijing, those of us belonging to the “Olympic Family” had to stay in 4 different hotels, which meant that I had to get up extra early every morning and run 5 blocks to meet my boss (IOC Member) at his hotel. In Sochi, they converted several cruise ships docked around the Olympic Village into hotels due to a lack of accommodations for tourists. Run now and find out if you can pre-book an airbnb, inn or a room in someone’s apartment.

This is what I arrived to every morning at our venue in London: and these people ALREADY HAD TICKETS, they were just standing in line to get in!

This is what I arrived to every morning at our venue in London: and these people ALREADY HAD TICKETS, they were just standing in line to get in!

Pre-book all your sightseeing tickets!! In London it was impossible to get tickets to the Tower of London or the Crown Jewels Exhibit unless you stood in line for hours. The Olympic Games attracts tourists like no other event in the world.

These are the crowds behind which I had to shuffle in 100 degree heat to visit the Parthenon during the Athens 2004 Games…pre-buy your tickets!

These are the crowds behind which I had to shuffle in 100 degree heat to visit the Parthenon during the Athens 2004 Games…pre-buy your tickets!

Buy dozens of pins of your favorite sport, your national flag, country emblem, these are valuable currency in the Games, where they’re used to barter for other unique pins, for souvenirs, even favors!

And while you’re at it, take lots of local snacks and little gifts from your country. Usually you will make a lot of friends at the Games and will also need a little something to thank people when they’re specially kind or accommodating.

Buy your souvenirs early!

Buy your souvenirs early!

If you’re fancy and plan on doing some culinary exploration of the finest restaurants, book now. During the Games, IOC Members, IOC leadership, Heads of State, Royalty, etc. will be eating at the best places, so tables will be very hard to get.

Buy a Japanese sim card for your phone, otherwise you’ll be consuming your data plan in about half a day.

Take old clothes that you can leave behind; old underwear, socks, everything! The Games are not the time to be fancy. You’re going to do A LOT of walking and sweating in humid Japan, you won’t have time to do laundry and you’ll want to bring back souvenirs. My motto: wear and toss in the trash.

Find the largest Tokyo 2020 merchandise store as soon as you arrive and buy your souvenirs early in your trip. All of us learned the hard way that by the time you have a chance to go to one of the shops, they’re already sold out of that cute backpack you saw in the airport when you arrived.

I will return with more tips…but these are MUST DO ASAP tips because 920,000 foreign visitors are expected, added to the Japanese who will be enjoying the Games.