Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Tokyo 2020: Five Things To Do
As the metropolis gears up for the 2020 Summer Olympics, held from 24 July to 9 August 2020, here’s what visitors can look forward to.
#1 Tour the new and old Olympic venues
Architectural aficionados are in for a treat – the city is busy building new infrastructure for the Games. The majority of the sporting action will take place in more than 40 venues in and around Tokyo, clustered in two zones – the Heritage Zone (the area where the Japanese capital last hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964) and the Tokyo Bay Zone (the newly built venues). Don’t forget to snap a photo with the new National Stadium designed by star architect Kengo Kuma. It is due to be completed by late 2019, and will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies.
#2 Get first dibs on Tokyo 2020 official merchandise
Collectors get the best pick of Olympic souvenirs in Tokyo, before any other country. These include products emblazoned with the Olympic mascots, Miraitowa and Someity, and popular anime characters such as Astro Boy and One Piece.
#3 Go on an arts and culture spree
Look out for art shows staged in sento (public bathhouses), interactive light and sound installations, manga exhibitions and concerts at the eclectic Tokyo Festival, held in various locations throughout the city from autumn 2019 to September 2020. The Nippon Festival, which promotes Japanese culture within Japan and globally, offers a line-up of activities from April to September 2020, including a performance featuring kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo and Spanish tenor Placido Domingo.
#4 Catch the Olympic Torch Relay
The Torch Relay will kick off on 26 March 2020 in Fukushima Prefecture, making its way through all 47 prefectures before arriving at its final destination in Tokyo. Visitors planning their itinerary can coincide their travels with the torch relay route which will pass World Heritage sites, nature attractions, historical monuments and other famous locations.
#5 Check out new shopping and entertainment attractions in and around Tokyo
Ariake Garden City, a huge retail and entertainment complex, will open in the Tokyo Bay area in the first half of 2020. Theme park fans can plan their trips for Spring 2020: Tokyo Disneyland debuts its new Beauty and the Beast and Big Hero 6 (Baymax) rides, and Tokyo DisneySea will open new attractions and refresh some of the current ones.
With the massive influx of visitors expected before, during and after the Olympics, Tokyo hotel rooms are fast filling up. Fraser Suites Akasaka, opening in March 2020, boasts a prime location close to some of the venues in the Heritage Zone, including the new National Stadium. Book your room if you are planning to catch any of the sporting events or festivities.