On July 20th, the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced the ticket prices for all Tokyo 2020 Olympic events. The venues for indoor volleyball, Ariake Arena, and beach volleyball, Shiokaze Park, are both in the Tokyo Bay Zone.
According to the press release, indoor volleyball prices would be 4,000 yen ($36.02) to 81,500 yen ($733.89). For beach volleyball, prices start at 3,500 yen ($31.52) and go up to 45,000 yen ($405.21). The Organizing Committee did not break down the prices by round, nor by ticket type. I would all but guarantee that the cheapest tickets would be for pool play matches in both sports and that the most expensive tickets would be for the gold medal match in both sports.
When compared to Rio’s prices over at Volleywood.net, for indoor volleyball’s cheapest ticket was $41.62 (Tokyo being $5.50 cheaper), while the most expensive ticket was $499.46. So, Tokyo’s most expensive final prices are 46.9% higher. The cheapest beach volleyball in Tokyo will be a 51.4% more expensive than Rio’s $20.81. However, the most expensive beach volleyball ticket will be 18.9% cheaper than Rio, which was $499.46 (same price as the indoor).
If you are looking to attend from the United States, Tokyo is a very expensive city to stay in and while hotels are not selling hotel rooms at this time, I wanted to provide some help to those who are interested. Do plan ahead for this type of event. Tickets will go on sale very early (more than 1 year in advance, per CoSport’s website (early 2019). If you wait to purchase event tickets, you may be out of luck. Hotels may require a multiple night stay (3 or 4 nights minimum from Vancouver experience), but getting to Tokyo is a long flight anyways, so you might as well spend some time there. The two venues for indoor and beach volleyball are probably best served from hotels in central (around Shinagawa to Tokyo station area) to eastern Tokyo. The train system appears complicated, but it is not. They have greatly expanded the inter-connectivity of public subways, buses and private lines with their payment systems. So usually it is only down using one card ticket, similar to an oyster card in London. Also, due to the 2002 Soccer World Cup, Tokyo subway stations have added station codes to enable foreigners to travel easily on the train or to ask for help to get somewhere.
The official agency that sells tickets and priority access packages for the Olympic Games (that happen outside of the United States) to American customers is a company called CoSport. CoSport also takes care of the Winter Olympics as well. They will have tickets but maybe not at all levels of ticket prices for individual events. Additionally if you really want to attend the gold medal matches, they may have a very expensive package for you that includes those tickets. Now getting back to the venues.
The Ariake Arena will be a newly build arena that seats 12,000 people and the closest station is the Ariake-Tennis-no-mori on the New Transit Yurikamome line, station code U-13. To get to this venue easily take train from Toyosu station which connects to the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho (Gold) Subway Line.
Now we will shift the beach volleyball venue of Shiokaze Park in Daiba.
Shiokaze Park will be a temporary venue that seats 12,000 people. The closest station is Daiba also on the New Transit Yurikamome line, station code U-07. To get to this venue easily take train from Shimbashi station, which connects to the JR Yamamote Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza (Orange) Subway Line and Toei Asakusa (Rose) Subway Line.