A day of a City Volunteer

We are recruiting a broad range of city volunteers who will provide guidance and support to domestic and international visitors to Tokyo. In this page, you can learn about a day of these city volunteers.

  • 6:30

    Getting up:

    The first day of the Olympic Games has finally arrived. I was so excited; it took me forever to fall asleep last night. I eat breakfast and change into the volunteer uniform.

    Uniforms for volunteers are provided.

  • 7:30

    Leaving home:

    A subway and bus ride takes me to the work site where I am in charge of today. I see some co-workers I met during the training program.

    Those who selected as volunteers take some training programs.

  • 8:00


    We go over today’s tasks and schedule. The whole team shares an exciting sense of anticipation at the long-awaited start of the Games.

  • 9:00

    Work begins:

    My first job as a volunteer was helping an international visitor who wanted to know how to get to the stadium by train. The training paid off, and I was able to give him clear transit directions.

  • 12:00

    Lunch break:

    I had lunch with other volunteers. We had a good time with sharing stories about what led us to become city volunteers. One of the volunteers said to apply the moment the recruitment began; I was impressed by her energy and initiative.

    Recruitment guidelines will be announced in late July 2018 and applications will start to be accepted in mid-September 2018. Details will be communicated on this website.

  • 13:00

    Back on duty:

    A friendly international tourist asked for an advice on where to eat, so I recommended a restaurant nearby.

  • 17:00

    End of work:

    The hectic first day was over. It was not only an exhausting day with full of new experience, but also a rewarding one with opportunity to communicate with so many people. Afterward, the team had another meeting to reflect on the day’s events and to discuss what could be improved in the days ahead. We are even more united in our sense of mission to help the Games succeed.

    An opportunity to get to know a diverse group of people of all ages, gender, nationalities, etc. is an added perk of becoming a city volunteer.

  • 20:00

    Back at home:

    I shared the day’s events with my family over a nice dinner.

  • 21:00


    I went to bed thinking about everything that happened during the day. It was a wonderful day of making memories.