Olympic Games Tokyo 2021
Tokyo 2021: Four Things To Do
As the metropolis gears up for the 2021 Summer Olympics, held from 23 July to 8 August 2021, 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.
#2 Get first dibs on Tokyo 2021 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. The Nippon Festival, which promotes Japanese culture within Japan and globally, offers a line-up of activities from now to September 2020, including a performance featuring kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo and Spanish tenor Placido Domingo.
#4 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 2021 where 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 boasts a prime location close to some of the venues in the Heritage Zone, including the new National Stadium. Book your room now if you are planning to catch any of the sporting events or festivities.