The Summer Olympics will be held this year in Tokyo as Japan managed to beat the competition for the 2020 Games, even after the Fukushima plant disaster. The 1972 Sapporo Games and the 1998 Nagano Games, including the first Summer Olympics in 1964 all took place in Japan. As a result, Japan will host the Olympics for the fourth time in history.

Since the first Olympic Games took place in Athens in 1896, the opening ceremony has been an essential component of each edition. The ceremony will mark the formal opening of the Olympics and will provide the host country a worldwide opportunity to display their national character.

The opening ceremony is a greater and bigger spectacle, which is currently attracting tens of millions of spectators throughout the world with every successive Olympic Games. The ceremony will undoubtedly be entertaining to witness, but it will also be a little exciting because last, the globe gathers for Tokyo 2020 despite the unspeakable pandemic that is still ongoing.

Tokyo 2020: How long is the Olympic Opening Ceremony?

The New National Stadium in Tokyo. (Getty)

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics on Friday, July 23, is scheduled to last over four hours. It will begin at 7:00 AM (ET) and end around 11:00 AM (ET). In Tokyo time, the opening ceremony will start at 8:00 PM, and finish around 12:00 AM on Saturday, July 24.

The opening ceremony will take place in the Shinjuku ward in Tokyo, Japan at the New National Stadium. In Tokyo Summer Games, 68,000 spectators were planned to be seated. However, since fans' attendance was banned, around 10,000 diplomats, international dignitaries, Olympic sponsors, and members of the International Olympic Committee will be present at the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The open-air, oval-shaped stadium includes a wooden lattice architecture reminiscent of Japanese temples and pagodas. Its wood and steel composite roof, which was derived in part from Japanese-grown larch and cedar trees, has a central opening to enable the release of air.