Taylor Swift is not only one of the most successful and influential artists of our time, but also a devoted girlfriend to Travis Kelce, the star tight end of the Kansas City Chiefs. The couple has been dating since September 2023, and Swift has been supporting Kelce and his team throughout their outstanding season, which led them to their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
But there is one problem: Swift is also on a massive global tour, promoting her latest album Eras, which features songs from all of her previous albums, re-recorded and re-imagined. As part of her Eras Tour, Swift is scheduled to perform four sold-out concerts at Japan’s Tokyo Dome from February 7 to 10, 2024. The last show is on the same day as the Super Bowl LVIII, which will take place at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium on February 11.
How can Swift manage to be in two places at once? Is it even possible for her to fly from Tokyo to Las Vegas in time to watch Kelce and the Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in the biggest game of the year? And what about the 12-hour flight and the 17-hour time difference? Will she be too jet-lagged to enjoy the game or perform at her best?
These are some of the questions that have been worrying Swift’s fans, who are eager to see her cheer on her boyfriend in person and potentially share a romantic on-field embrace that would be worthy of one of her music videos. But fear not, Swifties: the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. has come to the rescue with an official statement that assures that Swift will be able to make it to the Super Bowl after her Tokyo concert.
The Embassy of Japan’s Statement
On Friday, February 2, 2024, the Japanese Embassy in D.C. issued a statement on X (formerly Twitter) that addressed the concerns of Swift’s fans and the media about her travel plans. The statement reads as follows:
The Embassy of Japan in the United States is aware of recent media reports concerning the steps Taylor Swift will need to take to travel from Tokyo after her concert on February 10th to Las Vegas in time to watch the Kansas City Chiefs play in Super Bowl LVIII.
Despite the 12-hour flight and 17-hour time difference, the Embassy can confidently Speak Now to say that if she departs Tokyo in the evening after her concert, she should comfortably arrive in Las Vegas before the Super Bowl begins.
We know that many people in Japan are excited to experience Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, so we wanted to confirm that anyone concerned can be Fearless in knowing that this talented performer can wow Japanese audiences and still make it to Las Vegas to support the Chiefs when they take the field for the Super Bowl wearing Red.
The statement cleverly uses the names of three of Swift’s albums (Speak Now, Fearless, and Red) to make puns and show support for her and the Chiefs. It also confirms that Swift will be able to catch a flight from Tokyo to Las Vegas after her concert, which is expected to end around 10 p.m. local time, and arrive in Las Vegas before the Super Bowl, which will kick off at 3:30 p.m. local time.
The Flight Details
According to FlightAware, a flight tracking website, there are several flights that Swift can take from Tokyo to Las Vegas on February 10, 2024. The fastest and most direct option is a flight operated by Japan Airlines, which departs from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport at 11:55 p.m. and arrives at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport at 5:15 p.m. the same day, after a 12-hour and 20-minute flight. This flight would give Swift enough time to get to the stadium, which is about 15 minutes away from the airport by car.
Another option is a flight operated by American Airlines, which departs from Tokyo’s Narita Airport at 11:10 p.m. and arrives at Los Angeles International Airport at 4:40 p.m. the same day, after a 10-hour and 30-minute flight. Swift would then have to take a connecting flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, which takes about an hour. This option would also give Swift enough time to get to the stadium, but it would involve more hassle and risk of delays.
Of course, Swift could also charter a private jet, which would give her more flexibility and comfort, but also cost more money and emit more carbon emissions. According to PrivateFly, a private jet booking service, the estimated cost of a one-way flight from Tokyo to Las Vegas on a Gulfstream G650, one of the fastest and most luxurious private jets in the world, is about $250,000. The flight would take about 11 hours and 15 minutes, and Swift would have to pay for the jet’s return flight as well.
The Time Difference
One of the biggest challenges that Swift will face is the time difference between Tokyo and Las Vegas, which is 17 hours. This means that when Swift finishes her concert in Tokyo at 10 p.m., it will be 5 a.m. in Las Vegas. And when the Super Bowl starts in Las Vegas at 3:30 p.m., it will be 8:30 a.m. the next day in Tokyo.
This means that Swift will have to adjust her sleep schedule and cope with jet lag, which can cause fatigue, insomnia, headaches, nausea, and mood swings. According to WebMD, some of the tips to prevent or minimize jet lag are:
- Adjust your sleep schedule before you travel. For example, if you are traveling east, go to bed and wake up earlier than usual. If you are traveling west, go to bed and wake up later than usual.
- Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you and disrupt your sleep cycle.
- Get some sunlight during the day and avoid bright light at night, which can help your body clock adjust to the new time zone.
- Take melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle, before bedtime to help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.
- Consider taking prescription medication, such as zolpidem (Ambien) or eszopiclone (Lunesta), to help you sleep during the flight or after you arrive at your destination. However, these drugs can have side effects and should only be used under a doctor’s supervision.
Swift, who is known for her professionalism and work ethic, will likely follow some of these tips to ensure that she is well-rested and ready to perform at her concert and enjoy the game. She may also rely on her support team, such as her tour manager, her personal assistant, her security guards, and her glam squad, to help her with her travel arrangements and personal needs.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) that fans and media may have about Swift’s travel plans and how they may affect her concert and the Super Bowl.
Q: Will Swift’s concert in Tokyo be affected by her travel plans?
A: Swift’s concert in Tokyo on February 10 is the last of four shows that she will perform at the Tokyo Dome as part of her Eras Tour. The concert is expected to start at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. local time, which is the same as her previous shows. Swift will likely stick to her usual setlist, which features 29 songs from all of her nine studio albums, spanning from her self-titled debut in 2006 to her latest release, Eras, in 2023. Swift will also interact with her fans, share stories and insights behind her songs, and express her gratitude and appreciation for their support. Swift will not cut her concert short or compromise her performance quality because of her travel plans, as she is committed to giving her fans the best show possible.
Q: Will Swift’s presence at the Super Bowl affect the game or the halftime show?
A: Swift’s presence at the Super Bowl will not affect the game or the halftime show, as she will be a spectator and not a participant. Swift will watch the game from a private suite or a VIP area, where she will have a clear view of the field and the stadium’s giant screens. Swift will cheer on her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, and his team, the Kansas City Chiefs, who are aiming to win their third consecutive Super Bowl title. Swift will also enjoy the halftime show, which will feature a performance by Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who are two of Swift’s friends and collaborators. Swift will not perform at the halftime show, as she has previously stated that she is not interested in doing so, due to the controversies and criticisms that often surround the event.
Q: Will Swift and Kelce share a romantic moment on the field after the game?
A: Swift and Kelce may share a romantic moment on the field after the game, depending on the outcome and the circumstances. If the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, Swift may join Kelce on the field to celebrate with him and his teammates, and they may hug, kiss, or exchange words of love and congratulations. If the Chiefs lose the Super Bowl, Swift may still join Kelce on the field to comfort him and his teammates, and they may hug, kiss, or exchange words of support and encouragement. However, Swift and Kelce may also face some obstacles or challenges that may prevent them from meeting on the field, such as security protocols, media interviews, or crowd control. In that case, Swift and Kelce may have to wait until they get to their hotel or another private