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Ticket lottery for Tokyo 2020 Olympics is now open for Japan residents

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[Update, May 28] Due to the overwhelming response, the ticket lottery application deadline has been extended for 12 hours. The new deadline is now Wednesday May 29, 11.59am JST.


With the Tokyo 2020 Games just slightly more than a year away, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has opened up the ticket sales beginning Thursday May 9.

The first phase is only limited to Japan residents, who will be able to purchase tickets through a lottery system. Overseas residents, however, will have to get tickets from the designated authorised ticket reseller in their country/territory at a later date.

For this first round of lottery sales, Japan residents will have to first register for their Tokyo 2020 ID. After which, each person can apply for up to 30 first-choice tickets and 30 more second-choice tickets. However, each applicant is only allowed to purchase a maximum of 30 tickets.


Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticketing schedule (subject to change)


There’s no need to rush as the lottery system is not based on a first-come first-serve basis. All applications received before the closing date on May 28 (11.59pm JST) stand an equal chance. Successful applicants will be notified on June 20, following which, payment will have to be made within a fortnight by July 2.

Tickets are available for all 33 sports (except boxing, pending an inquiry by the International Olympic Committee) as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. According to CNA, the general tickets are priced from as low as ¥2,500. On the other hand, the best seats at the opening ceremony are going for a jaw-dropping ¥300,000.

Tickets for the Paralympics will go on sale sometime in summer. Tokyo 2020 Olympics is scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9, followed by the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6.