With 33 sports included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the elite athletes coming from countries across the globe are going to need somewhere to compete. Host city Tokyo has an impressive collection of venues and stadiums to handle this wildly varied bundle of sports. After all, you can’t hold equestrian, water polo and archery just anywhere. So, to get an idea of where the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will actually take place, here’s what you need to know about all the different Tokyo Olympic venues.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Venues
The Tokyo Olympic venues have been collected into two separate zones, the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone. These two zones are based both on their location within the city, but also how they fit into certain themes of the Tokyo 2020 games.
At the meeting point between the two zones you have the Olympic Village, which is being purpose-built for the athletes of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Looking at the zones on a map you can see that together they loosely resemble the ‘infinity’ symbol. Not only does this represent the attitude and determination of the athletes who will compete at the games, but also the legacy that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics hopes to leave behind.
All told, there will be 42 venues hosting events in the Olympics. Some venues are only hosting one event, while some of the larger stadiums like the renewed Olympic Stadium and Tokyo Stadium have multiple events.
Tokyo has the rare honour of being a city that will host the Olympic Games more than once. It’s that legacy that is the core concept behind the Heritage Zone. Inside this zone there are venues that were used for the Tokyo 1964 games, some of which like the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and Yoyogi National Stadium, will also be venues for Tokyo 2020.
The Heritage Zone sprawls across much of Tokyo’s city centre, with many of its venues quite far apart. It includes the big Tokyo Olympics stadiums, such as the rebuilt Olympic Stadium where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are being held. Among the other venues you have big stadiums and arenas, but also surprisingly the Imperial Palace Garden which will have the 50km Race Walk pass through it.
Tokyo Bay Zone
In contrast, the other Tokyo venues are found within the modern Tokyo Bay Zone. Covering much of the Koto City ward, the Tokyo Bay Zone is all about innovation and looking to the future of the city. With that in mind, several new arenas and venues are being constructed for the games, such as Ariake Arena, the Ariake Urban Sports Park and Oi Hockey Stadium. Each of the new venues for the Tokyo Olympics will continue on as dedicated sport centres after the Olympics are over. Alongside these new venues, several temporary venues will be erected in parks to cater for events.
Olympic Venues Outside Tokyo
For the 33 different sports taking place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic, there will be 42 venues across Japan hosting the events. Yes, while most of these venues are found in the city of Tokyo, not all of them are. For certain sports like surfing, cycling and football, stadiums and venues in other cities and locations need to be used. That means you may need to venture out to places like Yokohama, Saitama and even as far as Sapporo to sit in the stands and watch.
Full List of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Venues
|Olympic Stadium||Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football|
|Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium||Table Tennis|
|Yoyogi National Stadium||Handball|
|Nippon Budokan||Judo, Karate|
|Imperial Palace Garden||Athletics (Race Walk)|
|Tokyo International Forum||Weightlifting|
|Equestrian Park||Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping)|
|Musashino Forest Sport Plaza||Badminton, Modern Pentathlon (Fencing)|
|Tokyo Stadium||Football, Rugby,
Modern Pentathlon (Swimming, Fencing, Riding, Laser Run)
|Musashinonomori Park||Cycling (Road Race)|
|Ariake Gymnastics Centre||Gymnastics|
|Ariake Urban Sports Park||Cycling (BMX Freestyle, BMX Racing), Skateboarding|
|Ariake Tennis Park||Tennis|
|Odaiba Marine Park||Aquatics (Marathon Swimming), Triathlon|
|Shiokaze Park||Beach Volleyball|
|Aomi Urban Sports Park||3×3 Basketball, Sport Climbing|
|Oi Hockey Stadium||Hockey|
|Sea Forest Cross Country Course||Equestrian (Eventing, (Cross Country))|
|Sea Forest Waterway||Canoe (Sprint), Rowing|
|Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre||Canoe (Slalom)|
|Yumenoshima Park Archery Field||Archery|
|Tokyo Aquatics Centre||Aquatics (Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming)|
|Tatsumi Water Polo Centre||Aquatics (Water Polo)|
|Makuhari Messe Hall A||Taekwondo, Wrestling|
|Makuhari Messe Hall B||Fencing|
|Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach||Surfing|
|Saitama Super Arena||Basketball|
|Asaka Shooting Range||Shooting|
|Kasumigaseki Country Club||Golf|
|Enoshima Yacht Harbour||Sailing|
|Izu Velodrome||Cycling (Track)|
|Izu MTB Course||Cycling (Mountain Bike)|
|Fuji International Speedway||Road Cycling (Road Race: Finish, Individual Time Trial)|
|Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium||Baseball/Softball|
|Yokohama Baseball Stadium||Baseball/Softball|
|Ibaraki Kashima Stadium||Football|
|International Stadium Yokohama||Football|