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5 Things to Do During the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

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If you are planning to visit Tokyo in 2021 to watch the Olympic games, we suggest that you plan for at least a week-long trip as Tokyo has a lot more to offer to tourists apart from the main event. There are plenty of sightseeing destinations and entertainment waiting for you after you come out of the stadium. Here are the top things in Tokyo that you can do during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Visit the Tokyo Skytree

The Tokyo Skytree provides a wide view of the entire city and a promising beautiful sunset. What might impress you more is the all you can drink beer at the Tokyo Skytree Town. When you come out of the stadium, this can be the place for you to relax and enjoy a chilled beer, sitting 30 floors up looking at city lights at night.

Go Gokarting in Akihabara

Go Gokarting in Akihabara

You can play the Nintendo Mario cart live while dressed as the Mario universe characters. You can cruise your go-kart through the streets of Tokyo. You will need a driving license to drive a go-kart around Tokyo. The staff will help you learn the rules of the road and also teach you how to drive a go-kart if you have not driven it before.

Drink All You Can Sake

Sake is a specialty of Japan made with rice and works like wine. The best part is you can drinks sake all you can at the Kuranda Sake Market in Tokyo. You can sample over 100 different types of sake. Find a local who can guide you through the best drinks. The place will always be crowded, so you will have to struggle to find a seat if you are ready to try a new beverage.

Enjoy the Robot culture

Enjoy the Robot culture

Japan is known for many weirdly entertaining things, and robots are among them. The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo is filled with robots. This restaurant has the complete essence of what a robot restaurant would look like. Catch a glimpse of the Robo-Pop culture of japan in this restaurant filled with neon lights, warrior girls, giant cobras, and mirrors. Be ready to be surprised by the dancing horses if you arrive at the restaurant at the right time.

Wear a kimono

When you are looking to capture a few good memories from your Japan trip, you cannot miss getting dressed up in a kimono. Stroll down the streets of Asakusa and wear a traditional kimono. You can wear the traditional kimonos that the locals wear during the hot days or try out the outfit worn by graduating students in Japan. Take the help of a guide to help you look as traditional as you can with the complete kimono accessories. You can take your dress for rent and travel around the streets of Asakusa for the entire day.

How to Buy Tickets for Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

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After the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games rescheduled for 2021 due to the current pandemic situation, there were a lot of uncertainties about buying travel and game tickets. But now the non-japanese nationals can purchase tickets online from authorized vendors in their regions. There is a set of new rules added while purchasing the tickets. With only a few months left for the Olympics, now is the right time to book your tickets. The good news is that all the events are scheduled in exactly the same manner as they were for 2020. To avoid the complexity of buying tickets for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, we have made a quick guide to help you out. Follow these steps to book your seats for the events today.

Confirm your itinerary dates

The Tokyo 2021 Olympics will begin on July 21 and will go on until August 8, 2021. Plan your itinerary based on the sports you want to watch. As the games will consist of qualifying rounds and medal events, you will be attending multiple days for the same game. You need to plan your itinerary accordingly, so you do not mix the time for two events. Plan for at least 3-4 days or a week so you can enjoy a good time exploring the city while also attending multiple events on your trip.

Choose your sports

Choose your sports

Once you are ready with the dates for your trip, look for the events that will take place on your scheduled days. Check the Authorized Ticket Reseller for your region to find out about the dates. The website will have a list of sports happening on your picked dates. You can click on the sports and find the ticket option right there. Check the exclude sold tickets option to ease your search for seats. You can also change the date if you do not find the games that interest you.

Choose the seating category

Pick your seats at the stadium according to your itinerary budget. You can find special areas to watch the event from close or choose a budget seat from where you can still enjoy the sport. When you choose an event, you will find all the categories and a list of dates, times, and seating options available. The categories for the seats will be listed as A, B, C, D, where A will be the best seat section. The lowers categories sell our faster, so make sure to check early.

Purchase the tickets

Once you have the dates, events, and seats picked, you are ready to buy the tickets. Some of the Ticket Resellers can also provide additional options for discounts on accommodation and tours. Check whether you need anything else from the website and go to the cart. From here, you can make the purchase for your picked items. You might even have to create an account to receive emails about the events and all the necessary updates.  You will receive a soft copy for tickets on your email, and the seller might also send you direct mail for original tickets and added goodies.

Quick Guide to 2021 Tokyo Olympics

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After the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got postponed for a year, there has been a lot of confusion among tourists about their tickets and travel options. The game dates have been postponed to July 21 next year and will follow the same schedule as the planned events of 2020. In this quick guide for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, we hope we answer all your questions.

Dates for 2021 Tokyo Olympics

The dates for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics have been kept the same as the canceled dates of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Now the events will start from July 24 after the opening ceremony on the previous day. The event will go on for more than two weeks and will end on August 9. The new dates and schedule for the games will remain the same.

Venue for 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Venue for 2021 Tokyo Olympics

The Olympic games of 2021 in Tokyo will take place in 40 different venues. The majority of the games will take place in Tokyo, including the finals. Games like soccer, baseball, and softball will be conducted in the stadiums that may be further away. The two capital venues for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are the Heritage Zone, which also conducted the games in 1964, and the newly made Tokyo Bay Zone.

Stadiums for 2021 Tokyo Olympics

The new National Stadium that is built on the site of the old stadium in the Heritage Zone is located in the Shinjuku district in Tokyo. The new stadium is designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma who supervised the construction. The stadium’s design is inspired by the Edo-temples and consists of a lot of wood and cedar work.

Tickets for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

The prices of every game will differ based on the expected audience for the games. Games like beach volleyball will have tickets starting from $40 to over $1,100 for the main events. You can also purchase packages for events from your regional ticket reseller to have better prices for accommodation and dining, along with seats at the games. The VIP hospitality passes will be somewhere in the range of $4,800 and $19,000.

When to buy tickets for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

When to buy tickets for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

The sooner you try to book your tickets, the better it will be to find a seat. The prices for the tickets may also increase as the dates come closer. In case you have to cancel your plans, you can easily get your money refunded. You will also be refunded for your tickets if the games are canceled in the future. Take the help of your local Olympics tickets reseller to enquire about any doubts before purchasing the tickets.

New Sports at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

The four new games that will be introduced in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics will be sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding, and karate. Baseball and softball will once again return to the Olympics for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

What to Know Before Travelling to Olympics

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As the 2021 Tokyo Olympics comes nearer, people get excited about the games and travel once again after a long haul in traveling. Many new Olympic enthusiasts are showing interest in the games and are planning their first Olympic tour. Since Japan already has a lot to offer as a tourism destination, it is a bonus trip for anyone who is booking the tickets for the 2021 Olympics. But before you get ready for the trip, here are some essential guidelines you should know for any Olympic trip.

How to get the tickets

As an international traveler, you will have to prepurchase the tickets from a vendor in your country. You cannot purchase on spot tickets for the events, even if there are seats. Every country has a local vendor to resell the tickets. These vendors are authorized to sell the tickets legally. Check the schedule for the games that you want to attend and book seats according to your itinerary budget.

Plan your accommodation

You need to plan your accommodation alongside purchasing the event tickets as you need to make sure that you find a stay on the same dates for the event. Some of the Olympic ticket vendors may also offer you combos for accommodation and event tickets. It can save you a lot on your budget if you are solo traveling and can adjust for a cheaper stay. You will be saving extra money for other activities that the venue city will offer outside the stadium.

Book an Olympic flight

There will be special flights for Olympic travelers during the Olympics season. Olympics can draw a large amount of crowd, which may require the host to involve multiple airports for the flights. Tokyo Olympics will have the Narita and Haneda airports to take care of the flights. Narita will have more flights but is farther away from Haneda airport. Choose the right flights according to your event schedules.

Getting to the venues

Getting to the venues

The transportation in Tokyo is balanced well to provide ease during your Olympic trip. There will be special shuttles from the airport to the event venues to make sure you reach on time. Keep a little more time in your hand while traveling to the venue as some unexpected conditions like traffic can make you late for the event.

Finding free events

Apart from the stadium games, do not forget to enjoy the free games and events that will take place around the stadium. Olympics is a big festival, and a lot of mascots, exhibits, and stalls will conduct free games and events around the venue. When you are finished watching the event, you can come out with your family and enjoy some good food and entertainment. Some of the events of the Olympics take place in semi-public places where you can significantly watch most of the game without paying for the ticket. Games like Marathon, road cycling, sailing, triathlon, and rowing are some examples of games you can attend for free.

The Greatest Olympians of All Time

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A myriad of athletes worldwide has etched a mark in the phenomenal Olympics, ever since the advent of the first modern games materialised in 1896 in Athens.

The ethos of Olympics is mirrored in its motto, which states Swifter, Higher, Stronger, and there have occurred extraordinary performances synonymous with this quintessential motto. The celestial Olympic athletes assumed the stature of eternal legends.

Michael Phelps (USA)

Despite laborious efforts by swimmers to tame the waters, none has surpassed the mighty Michael Phelps – mastering the water. This man soon became synonymous with the Olympics from 2000.

Within a span of four years, he was eclipsed from a teenage swimmer to having secured five world records. In the 2008 Olympics, he won eight gold medals, breaking the record of Mark Spitz.

Later in the 2012 Olympics, he bagged a mighty four gold and two silver medals, enabling him to outstrip the record of Larisa Latynina.

Michael Phelps (USA)

Larisa Latynina (Soviet Union)

Larisa Latynina is the embodiment of perseverance, hard work, and Lady Luck gently caressing. Her first participation in the Olympics was in 1956 at Melbourne, where her pursuit for medal culminated in a glorious fashion with four gold, one silver, and one bronze medal.

In 1960 she again secured three gold, two silver, and a bronze medal. Ultimately in 1964, in Tokyo, she added another two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.

Her overall gold tally of nine has bestowed her the title of the highest gold medals in the history of the Summer Olympics in the female category.

Being a part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Game, she had also relished the position of having secured the most medals for a long 48 years until Michael Phelps overshadowed her in 2012.

 

Usain Bolt (Jamaica)

He was popularly known as the ‘Lightning Bolt’, a breath of fresh air to the sport mutilated by doping. The cry for a protector assumed prominence with Bolt coming into the spotlight, winning a gold medal in 100m and 200m, holding a world record in both these.

The 2008 Olympics bore testament to mine gold medals secured by him, elevating him to the status of a sprinting legend and celebrated as one of the greatest Olympians to grace the track with his record.

Carl Lewis (United States)

Carl Lewis (United States)

A prodigious athlete who etched his legacy in the Olympics of 1984, securing four gold medals for 100m, 200m, long jump, and 4*100m relay in Los Angeles. He again took the Olympics by storm in 1988 in Seoul when he won gold for 100m and long jump and silver for 200m.

Only a handful can argue of his greatness with the gold medals that followed in 1992 and 1996 for the long jump. Ultimately, receiving the honour of being titled as the Sportsman of the century by the IOC.

The History of Olympic games

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An exciting tradition blending sport and culture, the formative years of the Olympics dates back to over a thousand years. The early festivals conducted by the Ancient Greeks still form the core of the ethos of the Olympic Games.

To put it straight, the spirit of Ancient Greece can be viewed in the light of the Olympics.

The pioneering evidence in the Olympic games dates back to the 776BC, where Greeks measured time duration in Olympiads.

The first game was initiated in honour of the name of Zeus. With that begun, a plethora of artistic activities took place in the Delphic games, including music, poetry, and theatre.

A significant setback for the games occurred in 393 AD, when the Roman Emperor Theodosius I banned the game, saying that the Olympics encouraged paganism. They were not revived until modern times.

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Revival in Paris

Initiative after the initiative was taken and attempted till the end of the 19th Century, but lack of coordination made things difficult across worldwide sporting movements. It was not until one man took the initiative to bring all significant movements under one umbrella in Paris.

The revival thus happened at the first Olympic Congress organised by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The splendid landmark so occurred in the Grand Amphitheatre at the Sorbonne University.

Two thousand participants attended with 58 French delegates who represented 24 sports organisations and clubs, another 20 delegates from Belgium, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Sweden, and the US, who represented 13 overseas sports federation.

Revival in Paris

The Modern Olympics

By 23rd June, the Olympian Games were revived with the formation of the International Olympic Committee. De Coubertin initially planned to hold the Games at France, but the representatives took a different stand on holding the meet at Greece, the place of its origin.

After that, 13 countries competed in the First Modern Olympic Games at Athens in 1896. They were featuring nine sports: cycling, gymnastics, fencing, shooting, weight lifting, track and field, swimming, wrestling, lawn tennis.

The success of the Games in Greece took it to the second site in France. The Games were held in 1900 and 1904; by this time, the gamers participating multiplied exponentially from the Athens count, from a meagre 311 to a whopping 2082.

Beginning in 1924, the Winter Games began to feature the cold-weather sports. Though the Olympics is featured in two, the Summer Olympics remains the mainstay. Among the standard events are basketball, volleyball, water polo, field hockey, gymnastics, rowing, shooting, soccer, swimming, wrestling, and many more.

Each Olympic game saw the addition of new games. This, in fact, added to the splendour and excitement of the Olympic tale. The governing board looking into the matter is the International Olympic Committee, with its headquarters at Lausanne, Switzerland.

Top Unusual Winter Sports Across the Globe

Winter Sports

Winter sports are beyond conventional skiing and snowboarding facilitated by the escalation of the unconventional winter sports across the globe. Suppose you are fancying your daily dose of spine-tingling adventure to satiate the explorer in you. Here is your magic pill.

Polar bear swimming (Korea)

For locals and tourists who are in pursuit of that adrenaline rush, the freezing cold water of Korea Strait is your elixir. Since its genesis in 1988, the Polar Bear Competition occurs annually in Busan at Haeundae Beach.

Be geared up for engaging in a melange of fun-deluged activities from running for 10m to swimming 80m in the biting water.The Korean Tourism Organisation relishes in embracing good cheer than the competitive spirit by organising this competition.

Polar bear swimming

Ski biking (Colorado)

Embark on a palatial experience down the snowy slopes of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain by riding a bike fitted with skis if you think cycling is not your thing. The Durango Mountain Resort annually holds an international ski bike festival.

Ensure that you practice before you participate because of swarms of spectators and participants brimming the place.

Ski Ballet

The eccentric ones are formed by the coalescence of two unrelated activities and, thus, the advent of ski ballet. Yes, you are guessing it right, it is a ballet that is performed on skis.

It was legitimised by the Olympic Committee in the 1980s as a demonstration sport; however, it was ground to a halt in 2000 following specific disheartening episodes, thereby the official face of the sport became obscured.

Yet, it still exists as an enthralling sport; all you need is a ski gear along with that ignited ballerina skills, you are good to go.

Ski Ballet

Shovel Racing (New Mexico)

Want to reminisce about the good old childhood days during winter in the northern United States, where you used to race in the company of your cool gang on top of a cardboard box or metal lid. That childlike creativity is what engendered the outlandish shovel racing.

The genesis of this sport was observed in the 1970s in New Mexico. Now it has assumed the prominence of a full-fledged annual championship event. The paraphernalia needed is a shovel, ski wax, and athletic cup. The seasoned player’s race at over 70 miles per hour.

Skijoring (Montana)

You cannot squabble with a Montana local about their state, as they pride in their charming and peculiar state, as the abode for the exceptional skijoring. Now, what is the fuss all about?

The competitors with a pair of skis, harness themselves to a horse, a car, or a sled dog, and then pursue the race.

The sports can be traced back to the 1960s in the unofficial US home. Since 2009 the town of Whitefish conducted the World Skijoring Championship annually every February.

Trends That Augment Innovation in the Winter Sport Industry

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If you have ventured into skiing down the slope in the Alps, the last thing you would anticipate to encounter are digital platforms, augmented reality, or data analytics.

At the same time, the industry is being revolutionised with the advent of sophisticated technology and altering customer behaviour. However, this contemporary modernization has played a significant role in refashioning the industry.

Alternative Entertainment

The flexibility on the slope has been magnified to a great extent by the replacement of traditional ski and snowboard with avant-garde products like snowmobiles, innovative sleds, snow bikes, and snow tubing.

At the same time, the upswing for these alternative winter sports products mirrors the thriving opportunities in the field with innovative snow skates and e-vehicle.

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Augmented Reality

The advent of augmented reality has transformed the world of winter sport into one that is synonymous with a computer game and social event. This has actualised with the inception of smart ski helmet arriving into the global market.

This helmet is one that harmoniously blends your milieu with virtual additions like speed, altitude, communication in the form of messaging, audio, or video, and route suggestion.

Customization

The cardinal force in the winter sports industry is a vogue created by individualization. This has enkindled the proliferation of individual designs with personalised skis and boots.

This is made possible with an online ski configurator that aids in selecting the right material until the final touch.

Another impressive innovation is the personalised top-notch goggles that fit your taste and grants you safeguard and cleaning, and comes in a melange of designs.

Customization

Platforms

The significance of a virtual platform is confounding when we imagine skiing down the slope. However, in the winter sports industry, there has been a staggering soaring of platforms.

These platforms primarily include ski instructor booking platforms and online rental platforms. At the same time, consumers have presented the choice to browse between rentals by location and activity. These digital marketplaces confer real-time renting capabilities.

A celebrated online platform and mobile app are Checkyeti that is now a buzzword all across Europe for booking winter sports platforms. It also provides ski courses, private lessons, and a myriad of other activities.

Sustainability

The boom factor in the industry. The upswing for a sustainable and ecological living had facilitated this vogue to carve the novel fad in winter sports equipment.

The advent of sustainably engineered free skis by Swiss start-up Earlybirdskis was a phenomenal episode in the history of the winter sports industry.

Top 10 Must Watch Olympic Games

Olympic Games

While the Olympic games are fun to watch for the viewers, with various games in the basket, it is a lifestyle for many. Players spend all their lives to play that one match that could turn their lives upside down and gain them the recognition they deserve. Hence, we must at least support them by watching the games they play and support our country and the players.

Olympics is a collection of sports where people from all over the world take part in the global fest. Millions of people root for the country’s or the favourite sportspersons’ win. In this article, we’ve jotted down the top 10 must-watch Olympic sports events that you cannot miss in the upcoming years.

Rugby

Rugby was introduced in the list of Olympic games from 1900 to 1924, and in Rio 2016, the sports marked its debut with a seven members team as it is a shorter and faster adaptation to the otherwise long game. There are both men’s and women women’s team in the sport, and it is the most appreciated sports in the Olympics.

Rugby

Weightlifting

It is included in the modern athletic program and is considered as a popular athletic discipline. In this sport, the athlete attempts to weight-lift a barbell that is loaded with maximum weights at a single attempt. This is the most favourite game for all the gym enthusiast and other weight lifting lovers.

Tennis

It was first introduced in the 1896 Olympics, which was held in Athens. Originally it was played only as men’s singles and men’s doubles. However, in 1900 women started to compete in this game as well.

Association football or soccer

Soccer, or football like called in other countries, is one of the well-known and a leading sport in many countries across the world. It recent years, it has also gained the popularity of being one of the most popular sports in the Olympics as well.

football or soccer

Basketball

Basketball has been the favourite of every Olympic lovers since its introduction in the 1936 Olympics. The game is famous as an Olympic sport only for men. However, after 40 years, in 1976, it was also introduced for women and quickly adapted to the women’s teams as well.

Beach or field Volleyball

It has been around in the Olympics since 1964, and they’re capable for both men and women, from the very beginning of its introduction. People not only love to play it, but they also love to watch this sport.

Water sports include rafting, diving etc. and swimming is not included because they’re a different category.

Beach or field Volleyball

Track and field running

Although it might sound a little bizarre, people love to watch track and field, especially in the Olympics. They’re also called athletics and were introduced in the Greek Olympics.

Swimming

IT is entertaining to watch in the Olympics and has been the same for ages.

Gymnastics

It involves exercises which require strength, stability, durability, likeness and control. Overall, a fun sport to watch.

Top Winter Olympic Sports

Olympic Sports

Olympics takes place in two different seasons in the world- the Summer and the winter. Winter Olympics are a little less flashy than the summer ones. The games that are included in the winter ones are played among the ice and snow; hence people often find the games/sports repetitive.

That being said, they’re still enjoyable, and a pretty solid experience, both to take part in and to watch. Although the games lack a bit of variety, they’re even compensated by the death-defying experiences and the action.

The sports or the games mentioned below are the ones you need to watch. They’re different and keeps the viewers the tip of their toes.

Cross Country Skiing

This game is about the ability of endurance to the players. No matter what the distance is, the sport demands the players to have a continuous muscular action in the Olympics. However, some people claim that the sport is boring to watch, especially when they’re covering longer distances like 50km. It is reminiscent of running a marathon in Summer, but with snow and trees in the background.

Cross Country Skiing

Ice Dancing

Technically, they fall under the umbrella of figure skating, but with a slight difference in the technique. Ice dancing is more of a dance form with moves, is more dramatic and less athletic. However, the event in itself is considered a fallback event.

Speed Skating

According to the reviews from people who watch/play sports in the winter Olympics, speed skating is boring, and they cannot quite literally point their fingers at what exactly makes the sport boring. However, it consists of a track (ice-filled or snow-filled) where the skaters have to race, avoiding all the obstacles in their way.

Speed Skating

Ice Hockey

Out of all the sports or the games played in the winter Olympics, ice hockey is the one that is the most popular and people from all over the world, thrive on watching this sport. It is a team sport, as opposed to other individual events in the Olympics.

Freestyle Skiing

This event or the sport did not become official in the winter Olympics until the late 90s, and hence this gives the alpine skiing an edge over this sport. However, this particular sport is much more fun to watch than the latter. When you combine alpine skiing and snowboarding, freestyle skiing is the result of it.

Freestyle Skiing

Snow Boarding

This sport was added to the winter Olympics in 1998 and welcomed all the Americas to the event. As the name suggests, the game consists of a board and snow, and competition is held between the players for racing on the snow with aboard.

Skeleton

Compared to all the other games on the list, this one catches the attention of all. Mainly because the game involves racing down an icy hill with the face first, it is not only a dangerous sport to play, but also thrilling to watch.