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TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES

YOUR PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE


TEAM GB LIVE - TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES - YOUR PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE

On 24 July 2020, Tokyo will play host

to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games,

officially known as the Games of

the XXXII Olympiad. Over 16 days,

individuals and teams from around

the world will compete in the largest

sporting event Tokyo has ever seen.

These Games will mark the return of the Summer Olympic

Games in Tokyo for the first time since 1964. It will be the

fourth Olympic Games overall to be held in Japan, also

following the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo and

the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. Tokyo is the first

city in Asia to host the Olympic Games twice.

Contents

An introduction from Mark England

TOKYO 2020 INFORMATION

Daily Competition Schedule

Heritage Zone & Tokyo Bay Zone

Venues

USEFUL INFORMATION

Know Before You Go

Before You Travel

Flights

Baggage Allowances

Japan

Japanese Laws

On The Move

Weather

Eating In Japan

Public Holidays

Tokyo

Osaka

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Welcome

This marks the first step of an exciting

journey towards the Tokyo 2020

Olympic Games.

Since Atlanta 1996, Team GB has been on an upward trajectory of

success which culminated in becoming the first nation to ever surpass

its medal tally straight after hosting the Games. The 65 medals won

at the incredible London 2012 was beaten last time out with 67 at Rio

2016, our best ever performance on foreign soil.

I am proud and privileged to have been made Chef de Mission for a

second successive Games and excited to lead a team of dedicated

and talented athletes as they embark upon their sporting pinnacle.

Olympic sport in this country has shown time and again that it unifies

the nation, harnessing the success and unique stories of the athletes

to inspire and bring an unparalleled sense of pride and belief.

Team GB Live promises to take you closer than ever before – through

tailored supporter packages, dedicated travel advice, official tickets

to the best events and all the culture and history that Japan has to

offer and this guide begins your journey towards Tokyo with some

fantastic information and much more.

I hope you enjoy this brochure, thank you for your support and I look

forward to going on this journey together.

Best wishes,

Mark England

Chef de Mission, Tokyo 2020

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Tokyo 2020 Information

Daily Competition Schedule

Wednesday 22 July - Sunday 09 August 2020

Sport Discipline Venue 22 23

Opening and Closing

Ceremonies

Aquatics

Archery

Athletics

Badminton

Baseball/ Softball

Basketball

Boxing

Canoe

Cycling

Equestrian

Fencing

Football

Golf

Gymnastics

Handball

Hockey

Judo

Swimming

Diving

Artistic Swimming

Water Polo

Marathon Swimming

Track & Field

Marathon

Race Walk

Olympic Stadium

Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Tatsumi Water Polo Centre

Odaiba Marine Park

Yumenoshima Park Archery Field

Olympic Stadium

Sapporo Odori Park

Musashino Forest Sport Plaza

Wed

Baseball

Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium/Yokohama

Softball

Baseball Stadium

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3x3 Basketball

Basketball

Slalom

Sprint

BMX Freestyle

BMX Racing

Mountain Biking

Road

Track

Dressage

Eventing

Jumping

Artistic

Rhythmic

Trampoline

Aomi Urban Sports Park

Saitama Super Arena

Kokugikan Arena

Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre

Sea Forest Waterway

Ariake Urban Sports Park

Izu MTB Course

Fuji International Speedway

Izu Velodrome

Equestrian Park / Sea Forest Cross-Country Course

Makuhari Messe Hall B

Olympic Stadium / Tokyo Stadium / Sapporo Dome /

Miyagi Stadium / Ibaraki Kashima Stadium / Saitama

Stadium / International Stadium Yokohama

Kasumigaseki Country Club

Ariake Gymnastics Centre

Yoyogi National Stadium

Oi Hockey Stadium

Nippon Budokan

Karate Kata, Kumite Nippon Budokan

Modern Pentathlon

Rowing

Rugby

Sailing

Shooting

Skateboarding

Rifle & Pistol

Shotgun

Park

Street

Musashino Forest Sport Plaza / Tokyo Stadium

Sea Forest Waterway

Tokyo Stadium

Enoshima Yacht Harbour

Asaka Shooting Range

Ariake Urban Sports Park

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Sport Climbing

Surfing*

Table Tennis

Taekwondo

Tennis

Triathlon

Volleyball

Weightlifting

Beach Volleyball

Volleyball

Aomi Urban Sports Park

Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Makuhari Messe Hall A

Ariake Tennis Park

Odaiba Marine Park

Shiokaze Park

Ariake Arena

Tokyo International Forum

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Wrestling

Makuhari Messe Hall A

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Tokyo 2020 Information

Heritage Zone

& Tokyo Bay Zone

The venue plan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games consists predominantly of two thematic

and operational zones: the “Heritage Zone” which houses several iconic venues used

at the Tokyo 1964 Games and further sustains the enduring legacy of Tokyo 1964; and

the “Tokyo Bay Zone” which serves as a model for innovative urban development and

symbolises the exciting future of the city. These two zones expand across the city to form

an ‘infinity’ symbol with the Olympic Village positioned at the point where the two zones

intersect – at the physical and spiritual heart of the Games. The ‘infinity’ symbol embodies

the boundless passion, commitment and inspiration of the world’s elite athletes, the limitless

potential of future generations, and the lasting legacy that will be passed on to the people

of Tokyo, Japan and the world.

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Tokyo 2020 Information

Venues

No. Venue Name Sport/discipline No. Venue Name Sport/discipline

Narita International

Airport

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1 Olympic Stadium Opening & Closing

Ceremonies

Athletics

Football

2 Tokyo Metropolitan

Gymnasium

3 Yoyogi National

Stadium

4 Nippon Budokan Judo

Karate

5 Tokyo International

Forum

22 Yumenoshima Park

Archery Field

Table Tennis 23 Tokyo Aquatics

Centre

Handball 24 Tatsumi Water Polo

Centre

25 Sapporo Odori

Park

Weightlifting 26 Makuhari Messe

Hall A

6 Kokugikan Arena Boxing 27 Makuhari Messe

Hall B

7 Equestrian Park Equestrian

(Dressage,

Eventing, Jumping)

8 Musashino Forest

Sport Plaza

Badminton

Modern Pentathlon

(Fencing)

9 Tokyo Stadium Football

Rugby

Modern Pentathlon

(Swimming,

Fencing, Riding,

Laser-Run)

10 Musashinonomori

Park

Cycling (Road

Race: Start)

28 Tsurigasaki Surfing

Beach

29 Saitama Super

Arena

30 Asaka Shooting

Range

31 Kasumigaseki

Country Club

Archery

Aquatics

(Swimming, Diving,

Artistic Swimming)

Aquatics (Water

Polo)

Athletics

(Marathon/Race

Walk)

Taekwondo

Wrestling

Fencing

Surfing

Basketball

Shooting

Golf

11 Ariake Arena Volleyball

(Volleyball)

32 Enoshima Yacht

Harbour

Sailing

VENUES KEY

TOKYO BAY

ZONE

HERITAGE

ZONE

OTHER

VENUES

12 Ariake Gymnastics

Centre

13 Ariake Urban Sports

Park

Gymnastics 33 Izu Velodrome Cycling (Track)

Cycling (BMX

Freestyle,

BMX Racing)

Skateboarding

14 Ariake Tennis Park Tennis 35 Fuji International

Speedway

15 Odaiba Marine Park Aquatics

(Marathon

Swimming)

Triathlon

16 Shiokaze Park Volleyball (Beach

Volleyball)

34 Izu MTB Course Cycling (Mountain

Bike)

36 Fukushima Azuma

Baseball Stadium

37 Yokohama

Baseball Stadium

Cycling (Road

(Road Race: Finish,

Individual Time

Trial)

Baseball/Softball

Baseball/Softball

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17 Aomi Urban Sports

Park

Basketball (3x3

Basketball)

Sport Climbing

38 Sapporo Dome Football

18 Oi Hockey Stadium Hockey 39 Miyagi Stadium Football

19 Sea Forest Cross-

Country Course

Equestrian

(Eventing, (Cross

Country)

20 Sea Forest Waterway Canoe (Sprint)

Rowing

40 Ibaraki Kashima

Stadium

Football

41 Saitama Stadium Football

21 Kasai Canoe Slalom

Centre

10

Canoe (Slalom) 42 International

Stadium

Yokohama

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Useful Information

Know Before

You Go

Tokyo 2020 will be a great Olympic

Games and our message to you is

simple, we’re here to help. Our travel

and Olympic experts will make it easy

for you every step of the way.

EVENT DOCUMENTATION

Your event documentation and merchandise will be

dispatched by courier, and we will contact you prior to

dispatch to advise you of the time frame in which you

will receive your documents. Please note if you have an

overseas address, additional courier charges will apply and

you may incur customs clearance fees.

MERCHANDISE PACK

Your merchandise pack will be dispatched prior to the

departure of your holiday. The pack will contain various

items of merchandise which we hope you will wear and

enjoy.

PASSPORT

Your passport should be valid for th

duration of your stay. No additio

of validity beyond this is required.

information please visit:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of booking that you

must have adequate travel insurance to

cover your trip. If you have an annual travel

insurance policy, please ensure it covers

Japan and is valid for the duration of your

trip. Please also ensure you have the relevant

policy documents and emergency numbers

with you whilst on holiday.

Please check the Government’s Foreign

Travel Advice website for the latest

information in regard to travelling to Japan.

Advice can change at short notice so

please continue to check up until you travel.

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/japan

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VISA

e proposed

nal period

For further

/japan

British citizens do not require a visa to enter

Japan. Providing you hold a ‘British Citizen’ or

‘British National (Overseas)’ passport, you can

enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days however

may need to provide evidence of a return or

onward ticket. For all other nationalities, please

consult the Japanese Embassy or Consulate for

further information:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/japan/

entry-requirements

MEDICATION, VACCINATIONS AND

RESTRICTIONS

Several common UK over-the-counter and prescription

medicines are banned in Japan, specifically medicines

containing stimulants or codeine. If you require long-term

prescription medication you may need to provide paperwork,

such as an import license called a ‘Yakkan Shoumei’, in

order to bring it into the country. You can only bring pre-filled

syringes or self-injection kits into Japan with you.

Japanese customs officers may not be

sympathetic if you claim ignorance, so check

with the Japan Embassy or Consulate if you

are in doubt. A frequently asked questions

document containing useful information

regarding restrictions and import licences can

be found at:

www.mhlw.go.jp/english/policy/healthmedical/pharmaceuticals/dl/qa1.pdf

No vaccinations are required when travelling

to Japan, however it is recommended to visit

your GP or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks before

you travel, who will assess your health and may

recommend vaccines if necessary.

The following medicinal items are restricted

when entering Japan:

• More than one month's supply of

medicines that are toxicants, dangerous

or prescription drugs

• More than two months' supply of

medicines that are non-prescription drugs

or quasi-drugs

• More than 24 units (normal size) of similar

cosmetic products

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Useful Information

Before You Travel

MY TOKYO 2020 JAPAN CHECKLIST!

PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING BEFORE TRAVELLING

(NOT INTENDED TO BE AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST):

Passport – check it is valid for the duration of your stay

Make sure you are covered by appropriate travel insurance and that you

have declared to your insurer any pre-existing medical conditions of you

and your immediate family

Check that you have enough medication for the duration of your holiday

and sunscreen - please check entry restrictions on the Japan customs

website: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/japan/entry-requirements

Check with your bank and credit card companies on any restrictions or

additional charges when using your card(s) abroad

Exchange some money into Japanese Yen, as many shops and restaurants

outside of major cities do not accept cards and are legally forbidden to

accept foreign currencies

Check with your mobile phone provider to find out if you can use your

phone in Japan and any related costs

Complete the address cards in your luggage tag

Check that your baggage weight is in line with the airline allowance as

additional charges may apply if this is exceeded

Check security restrictions for carry-on baggage

All travel documentation (travel itinerary, visas if applicable).

Also provide your next of kin with a copy of your travel itinerary and

passport (prior to departure)

Learn some basic Japanese

Remember to pack a plug adaptor

We recommend you take shoes that are easy to remove due to the Japanese

custom of removing shoes (see section on Japanese Etiquette and Useful Tips)

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Learning a few everyday Japanese phrases will make your

trip even more memorable. See below for a list of basic

Japanese greetings, phrases to get attention, and simple

questions.

ENGLISH

Good morning

Good afternoon

Good evening

Good night

Good-bye

Excuse Me

I am sorry

I don’t understand

Thank You

Yes

No

Where is ___?

How much is ___?

JAPANESE

Ohayo gozaimasu

Konnichiwa

Konbanwa

Oyasumi nasai

Sayonara

Sumimasen

Gomen nasai

Wakarimasen

Arigatou

Hai

Iie

Doko desuka

Ikura desuka

USEFUL INFORMATION – SESSION TICKETS

Whilst Team GB LIVE has a confirmed amount of tickets for each event, further information

regarding location of these tickets is not available at this time.

Please advise us in writing if you will be using a wheelchair. Wheelchair and companion

tickets must be requested as soon as possible as availability is limited. Please note these

tickets include one space for a wheelchair and one temporary chair for the carer in a

designated area which may be away from our allocated group seating area.

The ticket distribution method will be confirmed closer to the tournament.

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Useful Information

Flights

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IMPORTANT

Please advise us in writing of any medical

conditions including allergies, disabilities, and if you

will be travelling with any medical equipment e.g. a CPAP

machine or needles, a minimum of four weeks before you

travel. If you are travelling with needles in your hand luggage you

will need to carry written authorisation paperwork from your doctor

in case it is required as supporting evidence when you pass through

security.

Please note that all medical equipment will also require an import licence

called a ‘Yakkan Shoumei’, see Medication, vaccinations and restrictions

section.

FLIGHT TICKETS

If you have purchased flights as part of your package with Team GB LIVE,

you will not be issued any physical flight tickets or a booking reference as

our allocations are group flights. All you need to do is present your passport

upon check-in, and boarding cards will then be issued. Please be assured

you will not need a ticket or booking reference to check in for your flight.

FLIGHT REQUESTS

Please note that seats are pre-allocated and online check in is not

possible due to the seats being managed in a group.

Seat requests cannot be actioned until the flight has been ticketed,

approximately six months prior to the flight departure date. Once the

flight has been ticketed we can investigate the cost and availability of

any seat requests, however these cannot be guaranteed and we are

unable to confirm specific seat numbers to clients.

Please advise us in writing of any special meal requests i.e.

vegetarian/gluten-free meals. These requests will be submitted

to the airline and are subject to availability at the discretion

of the carrier.

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Baggage Allowances

CLASS

ECONOMY

PREMIUM ECONOMY

Check-in Hand Baggage Check-in Hand Bagga

JAPAN AIRLINES

2 x 23kg

1 x piece of carry-on with total

linear dimensions 55 x 40 x 25cm.

Plus, one small personal item.

The total weight of the two bags

must not exceed 10kg.

2 x 23kg

1 x piece of carry-o

linear dimensions 55 x

Plus, one small pers

The total weight of th

must not exceed

AIRLINES

BRITISH AIRWAYS

ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS

2 x 23kg

2 x 23kg

1 x 23 kg cabin bag with

maximum total linear dimensions

56 x 45 x 25cm. Plus, a

personal bag (shopping bag,

handbag, laptop bag etc.)

1 x 10 kg cabin bag with total

linear dimensions (length, width,

height) of no more

than 115 cm (45 in.) Plus, a

personal bag (shopping bag,

handbag, laptop bag etc.)

2 x 23kg

2 x 23kg

1 x 23 kg cabin b

maximum total linear

56 x 45 x 25cm.

personal bag (shop

handbag, laptop b

Hand Baggage –

cabin bag with to

dimensions (lengt

height) of no m

than 115 cm (45 in

personal bag (shop

handbag, laptop b

FINNAIR

2 x 23kg

1 x cabin bag with total linear

dimensions 56 cm x 45 cm x 25

cm. Plus, a

personal bag (shopping bag,

handbag, laptop bag etc.) with

a combined weight of 8kg.

- -

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BUSINESS

Please Note

ge Check-in Hand Baggage

n with total

40 x 25cm.

onal item.

e two bags

10kg.

3 x 32kg

1 x piece of carry-on with total

linear dimensions 55 x 40 x 25cm.

Plus, one small personal item.

The total weight of the two bags

must not exceed 10kg.

For more information: www.jal.co.jp/en/inter/baggage/

ag with

dimensions

Plus, a

ping bag,

ag etc.)

2 x 32kg

1 x 23 kg cabin bag with

maximum total linear dimensions

56 x 45 x 25cm. Plus, a

personal bag (shopping bag,

handbag, laptop bag etc.)

For more information: www.britishairways.com/en-gb/

information/baggage-essentials

1 x 10 kg

tal linear

h, width,

ore

.) Plus, a

ping bag,

ag etc.)

2 x 32kg

Hand Baggage – 1 x 10 kg

cabin bag with total linear

dimensions (length, width,

height) of no more

than 115 cm (45 in.) Plus, a

personal bag (shopping bag,

handbag, laptop bag etc.)

For more information: www.ana.co.jp/en/gb/

international/prepare/baggage/

3 x 23kg

2 x cabin bag with total linear

dimensions 56 cm x 45 cm x 25

cm. Plus,

a personal bag (shopping bag,

handbag, laptop bag etc.) with

a combined weight of 10kg.

For more information: www.finnair.com/th/gb/informationservices/baggage

CHECK IN

We recommend that you arrive at the airport

a maximum of three hours prior to departure.

Check-in desks usually open two hours prior to

an international flight.

MEAL REQUESTS

Please advise us in writing of any special

dietary/meal requests i.e. vegetarian/glutenfree

meals. These requests will be submitted to

the airline and are subject to availability and at

the discretion of the carrier.

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Japan

+8

GMT

Hrs

TIME DIFFERENCE

Japan is currently nine

However, this will change

won’t operate daylight sav

2020 Olympic Games.

CURRENCY

The Japanese currency

technology-driven eco

cash society and deb

outside of Japan ar

Check with your ban

card can be used t

to withdraw cash in

and take sufficient

funds for the dura

of your stay. Bills com

in denomination

of ¥10,000, ¥5,000,

¥2,000, and ¥1,000.

Coins come in

¥500, ¥100, ¥50,

¥10, ¥5, and ¥1

denominations.

PLUGS AND ADAPTORS

Japanese electrical plugs have two

non-polarised pins and operate on

a 100V supply voltage.

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MOBILE PHONE NETWORKS

AND PRE-PAID SIM CARDS

Only 3G and 4G capable UK handsets will work in

Japan. GSM-only phones will not work, as there is

no GSM network. If you plan to make lots of calls or

use mobile data in Japan, it could be worth buying

or renting a pre-paid Japanese data SIM card for

use during your stay. Suppliers can be found on the

internet.

Please note, your phone must be unlocked for the

pre-paid SIM card to work, and it does not enable

incoming or outgoing phone calls. Calls will instead

need to be made over the internet, via an app

such as Skype or WhatsApp. Providing that your

phone is compatible, purchasing a pre-paid data

SIM card could save money on expensive data

roaming costs. Contact your mobile service provider

before purchasing to check if your phone will be

compatible.

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Useful Information

Japanese

Laws

CARRYING INFORMATION

It is a legal requirement to always carry official ID on

you in Japan. Whilst Japanese locals are issued

with official residency cards, visitors must carry

their passport at all times and are legally

required to produce it upon request if

asked by a police officer or officials of

the Justice Ministry (such as immigration

officials).

Crime levels are low in Japan, especially pickpocketing,

however if your passport is lost or

stolen, you should report this at a police station

and must get a police report. We suggest that

you take multiple photocopies of your passport

with you just in case and store them somewhere

safe, preferably in a safe at your accommodation.

DRINKING AND SMOKING

The legal age for buying and consuming alcohol and

cigarettes in Japan is 20. Photographic ID may be

required if you look under 20, and driving licences issued

outside of Japan are not commonly accepted so we

advise that you take your passport with you. Smoking is not

uncommon in public places including bars, restaurants

and hotels.

DRIVING

Driving in Japan is on the left, as in the UK. To

drive in Japan, you must hold an International

Driving Permit (IDP), a current UK licence and

insurance. An IDP is only valid for 12 months,

however the start date of the permit can be

delayed for up to three months from when you

apply. Applications can be made at selected

UK Post Office branches. Please see the Post

Office website for more details:

www.postoffice.co.uk/internationaldriving-permit

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On The Move

Using public transport in a foreign country can be daunting,

however for foreign visitors in Japan, it has been made as

easy as possible. Signs are written in both Japanese and

English, and announcements at transport hubs are also given

in both languages too. In addition, the next station is often

displayed on electronic boards in the carriages whilst on the

train in both languages.

When using the train, each train line can

be easily identified on the route map as

they are all marked in a different colour. To

help guide you to the relevant departure

platform at the station, coloured lines

that correspond with the coloured route

map lines are often painted on the station

floor. Simply follow the coloured line that

corresponds to your route to find the

correct departure platform. Please also

note that standing on escalators in Japan

is on the left.

SUBWAY AND METRO

Japan’s subway and metro system

is known worldwide for its efficiency.

Allowing rapid movement around inner

urban areas of the country, most subway

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systems in Japan start at around 0500hrs

and last trains depart at around midnight.

As there is no night bus service in Japan,

you may have to rely on taxis after the last

trains depart. Services are less frequent on

weekends and public holidays.

Some subway lines in Japan have womenonly

carriages running in the rush hour

period, normally between 0800-0900hrs.

Look out for the pink sign on the platform

and train carriage. Please also be aware

that during rush hour/busy periods, public

transport staff known as ‘pushers’ are

employed to push people into carriages

to help decongest busy platforms. If you

are claustrophobic it could be worth

avoiding public transport during these

busy periods.


SHINKANSEN

The Japanese main islands of Honshu,

Kyushu and Hokkaido are home to the

famous Shinkansen high speed bullet

trains. Served by a network of high speed

train lines, the Shinkansen connects Tokyo

with the country’s major cities. Running

at speeds of up to nearly 200mph,

the Shinkansen is operated by Japan

Railways and is known for its punctuality

(the average delay for a scheduled train

is 36 seconds), comfort (relatively silent

cars with spacious, always forward-facing

seats), safety (no fatal accidents in its

history) and efficiency.

The Shinkansen trains operate three

different classes of carriage: Ordinary

(Economy), Green Class (Business) and

on a very limited basis, Gran Class (First).

When the train changes its direction of

travel, you will see everyone on board

turning their seats 180 degrees, so you are

always facing forwards.

IC CARDS - PASMO AND SUICA

IC cards are pre-paid smart cards that

can be used to conveniently pay public

transport fares and to make payments at

a rapidly increasing number of vending

machines, shops and restaurants by

simply touching the card on a reader

(similar to an Oyster card used on London

public transport). The most popular prepaid

cards in Tokyo are Pasmo and Suica.

For most purposes, Pasmo and Suica are

interchangeable. Both cards can be used

for all trains (not including the Shinkansen

bullet train), subways and buses in Tokyo.

They can also be used at many shops,

especially convenience stores.

Pasmo cards can be purchased from

vending machines at subway stations

in Tokyo, while Suica cards can be

purchased from vending machines at

Japan Rail stations in Tokyo. You can also

buy either card at Narita and Haneda

airports.

Pre-loaded Suica cards are provided as

an inclusion of standard web Team GB

LIVE Travel packages.

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Useful Information

Weather

SEASONS IN JAPAN

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games run from 24 July

to 9 August, during Japan’s summer season. The

weather tends to be hot and humid and August is

notorious for being the hottest month in Japan.

Average daily temperatures vary dependent on

where you are in the country, however it is typically

cooler in the north and warmer in the south. The

table below provides an indication of how the daily

average temperature can vary across the country*:

Month

Average Daily

High (°C)

Average Daily

Low (°C)

Average

Monthly

Rainfall

(mm)

July 25-28 22-24 36

August 28-30 23-26 16.4

*Statistics have been taken from records of the last three years

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Useful Information

Eating in

Japan

VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN DIETS

It is relatively easy to avoid meat dishes in Japan

however seafood is very common. Fish stock or

‘dashi’ is frequently used in soups, salad dressings

and Ramen broth. It may be easier to explain you

cannot eat meat and/or fish products rather than

referring to yourself as a vegetarian/vegan.

GLUTEN-FREE

Many restaurants and hotels across Japan are

unfamiliar with the concept of coeliac disease/

gluten-free food. The main problem is soy sauce,

which contains wheat and is used vastly in both the

preparation and consumption of a lot of Japanese

dishes. A small number of restaurants offer tamari, a

soy sauce that can be produced gluten-free and is

also suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Check

with restaurant staff to see if this is available where

you are and always double check the label. Please

note that Japanese restaurants are not always open

to requests to modify their dishes, as such requests

can be considered rude/insulting to the chef. Do

not be surprised if a restaurant is therefore unable to

accommodate your needs.

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Useful Information

Public

Holidays

Japan will observe 16 public holidays during 2020, three of which

occur during the Summer Olympic Games.

National Holiday

2020 Date

Marine Day July 23 (Date changed only for 2020)

Sports Day July 24 (Date changed only for 2020)

Mountain Day August 10 (Date changed only for 2020)

KEY EVENTS IN JAPAN DURING

THE SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES 2020

HIROSHIMA LANTERN

CEREMONY

(HIROSHIMA) 6 AUGUST

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Ceremony is held each year on August 6th,

the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima,

at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Some 50,000 local citizens

and visitors, as well as ambassadors and dignitaries from around

70 countries, gather here to console the spirits of those killed by

the atomic bomb and also to pray for lasting world peace.

Additionally, the “Peace Message Lantern Floating Ceremony”

is also held on the evening of August 6th. Anyone is welcome to

write messages of peace on the lanterns, which will be set afloat

down the Motoyasu River, where they will pass directly in front of

the Atomic Bomb Dome.

The experience of watching the warm lights of some 10,000

lanterns as they float tranquilly down the river in the dark of night,

each bearing wishes for peace from the gathered attendees,

has a powerful, almost other-worldly quality. The participants in

this event include not only Hiroshima locals, but also many visitors

who come from far and wide.

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ITABASHI HANABI (TOKYO)

1ST AUGUST / 7:00PM TO 8:30PM

One of Tokyo’s biggest firework events with

12,000 fireworks launched over the course of

90 minutes. It also makes the boast of having

the largest firework and the longest (a “Niagara

Falls” explosion that stretches 700 meters).

See the official website (itabashihanabi.jp/

paidseat.html) for reserved seating.

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Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan,

with nearly 10% of the country’s total

population residing within the city limits.

Officially called Tokyo Metropolitan Area,

the busy capital mixes the ultramodern

and the traditional by being home to both

neon-lit skyscrapers and historic temples.

Tokyo hosts an abundance of sightseeing

delights, from the old downtown area

where the futuristic Tokyo Skytree coexists

with an ancient temple, to Shibuya and

its famous pedestrian scramble crossing,

along with many more.

You simply cannot ignore sushi when you

visit Tokyo. The fish market (Toyosu Market)

brings tonnes of fresh seafood from other

parts of Japan and the world. It is the

biggest fish market in the world!

There are also approximately

30 Michelin-starred sushi

restaurants in Toyko.

The Samurai Museum is a must-visit

destination for those interested in old

Japan and the history of combat and

conflict that characterized the country

up through the late 16th century. Not

only will you be able to see 70 selections

of samurai armour, you can also wear

samurai costumes, don a kabuto helmet,

and witness combat re-enactments by

skilled actors. Women can also wear

irouchikake (a special type of kimono,

usually worn in weddings).

Tokyo Skyline

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MUST DO'S

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Tower

• Sensō-ji temple

• Meiji Shrine

• Samurai Museum

Tokyo Tourist Information Centre

Tokyo Tourist Information Centre TMG Building Headquarters,

〒163-8001, 2-8-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Japan National Tourist Organisation (JNTO) Tourist

Information Centre

〒100-0005, First Floor, Shin-Tokyo Building, 3-3-1, Marunouchi,

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Odakyu Tourist Information Centre

〒160-0023, 1 Chome−1−3, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

THINGS TO DO FOR

FREE IN TOKYO

Imperial Palace East Garden is a three

minute walk from Takebashi Station

on Tozai Line, or seven minute walk

from Otemachi Station on Chiyoda,

Mita, Hanzomon and Marunouchi Line.

Adjoining the Imperial Palace and

Sannomaru Shozokan museum, the

210,000m² garden first opened to the

public in 1968.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

is situated directly above Tocho-mae

Station on Oedo Line, or a 10 minute

walk from Shinjuku Station. Constructed

in 1991, it has an observatory on the 45th

floor (202m high) which commands a

panoramic view of metropolitan Tokyo.

The Sumo Museum is a one minute walk

from JR Ryogoku Station or a five minute

from Ryogoku Station on the Oedo line.

This is the official museum of the Sumo

Association and houses more than 20,000

historical and memorial items of sumo

wrestling.

Beer Museum Ebisu is a five minute walk

from Ebisu Station on JR and Hibiya Line

by “Sky Walk” (moving walk), located in

the Ebisu Garden Place. Here you can

learn about the history and technology

of making beer. It also features a tasting

lounge (drinks are charged).

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Osaka

OSAKA

The capital of Osaka Prefecture

is Osaka City. The Prefecture

has the third largest population

in Japan, after Tokyo and

Kanagawa. The stadium lies

approximately 10 minutes

outside of the capital in Higashiosaka City, a small

city formed in 1967 when three towns merged.

Food lovers will appreciate Osaka’s role

as the birthplace of instant noodles,

cup noodles and conveyer belt sushi. It

is a food paradise that is home to many

national dishes, including okonomiyaki (a

pancake of shredded cabbage, egg and

meat topped with lashings of mayonnaise)

and takoyaki (grilled octopus balls).

Dotonobri is Osaka’s hotspot for tourists

and revellers alike and best explored in

the evening, when the lights are bright,

and the people are merry. Filled with

towering neon signs, clubs, bars and

restaurants serving up local specialities.

The famous Osaka Mon brand of gift foods

is highly recommended. Higashiosaka

City has popularised a curry bun (a deepfried

bun with curry filling) in the shape of

a rugby ball, while the world’s very first

conveyor-belt sushi shop, Genroku Sushi,

is still in business.

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Osaka Tourist Information Centre, Umeda

JR Osaka Station, 〒530-0001 Central Concourse

JR Osaka Station 1F, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku Osaka-shi

Osaka Tourist Information Centre, Namba

Nankai Information Centre

〒542-0076 Nankai Terminal Building 1F5-1-60 Namba,

Chuo-ku, Osaka

Osaka Castle

MUST DO'S

• Osaka Castle and 360° observation deck

• Universal Studios theme park

• Dōtonbori – nightlife and entertainment area

• Maple leaves in autumn

THINGS TO DO FOR FREE IN

OSAKA

Sumiyoshi Taisha is a one-minute walk from

Sumiyoshi-Torii-mae Station on the Nankai

Line or a three minute walk from Sumiyoshi

Taisha Station on the Nankai Line and is

one of the oldest shrines in Japan. Most

of its buildings are designated as National

Treasures or Important Cultural Properties.

This shrine is worshipped as god of marine

voyage, business and prosperity.

Osaka-jo Koen is a one minute walk from

Morinomiya Station on the JR Osaka Loop

Line or subway Chuo Line and is a large

park surrounding Osaka Castle. You can

walk through the forest, plum garden, a

line of pine trees and willows.

Ikeda Castle Park is a 15 minute walk

from Ikeda Station on the Hankyu Line (20

minutes from Osaka). This is a park built

right where Ikeda Castle was in medieval

times. Various traditional Japanese-style

architectural structures and stone, iris and

wet gardens are restored. The observatory

commands a fine view of the whole park.

Satsukiyama Botanical Garden is a 15

minute walk from Ikeda Station on the

Hankyu Line (20 minute ride from Osaka),

located at the foot of Mount Satsukiyama.

Here you can appreciate about 350

species of subtropical plants throughout

the year.

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www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/japan

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