During the Rugby World Cup 2020 Japan last month, more than one third of tickets were sold to rugby fans from overseas and most of them are from English speaking countries such as UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Expecting the higher demand for English speaking babysitters, we have prepared more babysitters than usual but the number of requests was still beyond our expectation. And as we are all very aware, Tokyo is again hosting additional big global sporting events in the coming year 2020.
The first and nearest one is The Tokyo Marathon 2020 which is scheduled on March 1st. This international event is one of the most difficult marathons in the world to get into. More than 300,000 runners enter the ballot for one of 37,500 places and roughly 6,000 runners (approximately 20%) are from overseas. Many are not just participating the event alone but also visiting Japan with their friends and family with even small children and expecting sight-seeing before and after.
The second one is the biggest one, 2020 Summer Olympics (July 22 to August 9) and Paralympics (August 25 to September 6). Tokyo is hosting the Olympics for the second time. During the event, more than 600,000 visitors are expected to flow into the country’s capital and neighboring cities.
More visitors are coming to the city next year so if you are one of them during those big events, we strongly recommend you to book your accommodation as well as a babysitter (if you are in need of someone to look after your children) way ahead of time and we will try our best to assist you while you are here in Japan.