TOKYO (AP) — Residents of Japan began entering a ticket lottery on Thursday, hoping to land seats for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
People overseas will have to wait until June 15 when tickets are put on sale by special distributors in each country — known as Authorized Ticket Resellers.
Buying for Japan residents is straightforward. Applications are accepted at the organizing committee’s website through May 28, with results announced on June 20. Anyone inside Japan — or outside Japan — can access the website. Although non-Japan residents cannot buy there, it offers event schedules, ticket prices in Japan, and venues.
Organizers estimate 7.8 million tickets will be available, with 20-30 percent dedicated to sales outside Japan.
This is the first phase of sales in Japan, with other chances available as the games get closer.
Buyers overseas will pay more because resellers — appointed by national Olympic committees — can tack on a 20% handling charge.
In addition, many popular tickets are packaged by resellers with top hotels and other perks, and the markups can be much more than 20%. Many of…