How to Participate

Process after Application

After you apply for the Games volunteer programme, you will spend the next two years leading up to 2020 on a “volunteer journey”, taking part in orientation and training sessions with other volunteers. Through this journey you will experience an increasing sense of being part of the same team with your fellow volunteers, and the excitement of being involved in the Tokyo 2020 Games will multiply. Let’s enjoy the volunteer journey together!

26 September to 21 December. 2018 Applications accepted
Jan. to around Jul. 2019 Orientation notifications (briefing, interviews, etc.)
From Feb. 2019 Participation in orientation session
From Sep. 2019 Notification of training sessions
From Oct. 2019 General training
From Mar. 2020 Notification of role and location of volunteer activities
From Apr. 2020 Role-specific and leadership training
From May. 2020 Uniform distribution
From Jun. 2020 Venue-specific training


Pairing applicants with preferred volunteer working categories and locations, and informing applicants of assigned category / role and location of volunteer activities.
Applicants whom we are unable to assign to their preferred working role and location will be contacted in September 2019.


Each applicant will be required to attend one orientation session, which will last for approx. two hours.
We will be conducting an interview during the orientation session to enable applicants to gain a feel for the atmosphere of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and to raise teamwork levels.

Dates (all dates are 2019) Prefecture Name of venue
Early Feb to late May Tokyo TBC(to be held on five days each week during stated dates)
20–21 April Sapporo, Hokkaido Sapporo Social Welfare Center
4–5 May Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture Rifu Town Office(Pear Pal Rifu)
12–13 May Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture Active senior center
25–26 May Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture Kashima Sports Center
8–10 June Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture Ikiiki Plaza
15–17 June Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture Gotemba Civic Hall
29–30 June Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture Aichi Civil Service Personnel Training Institute
6–7 July Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture Toyama City Gymnasium
14–15 July Osaka Osaka Social Welfare Guidance Center
20–21 July Hiroshima Hiroshima City International House
27–28 July Fukuoka Fukuoka City Hall
  • ※ Please note that the above-stated schedules may be subject to change
  • ※ Orientation sessions for persons residing outside of Japan will be conducted by video call between March and July 2019

Generic Training

Each applicant will be required to attend one general training session, which will last for approximately 3 – 4 hours.
The general training session will be aimed at enabling applicants to gain basic knowledge required as Olympic and Paralympic volunteers.
Applicants will be able to select their preferred location for attendance at training sessions on their application.
After receiving notification of required attendance, applicants will be able to select their preferred dates from among the following options.

Dates (Planned) Location ※1 Comments
Oct. 2019 to Feb. 2020 In Tokyo 5 days per week
Oct. 2019 to Jan. 2020 Outside Tokyo ※2 2 days per region
From Jun. 2020 In Tokyo (Overseas) Details pending
  • ※1 Actual locations will be notified separately.
  • ※2 Hokkaido, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Toyama, Shizuoka, Aichi, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka