Tokyo Olympic is knocking at the door, and we are about five months away from the show. It is a multi-sport event where 40 different sports will be played. However, all these sports will take place in 41 different stadiums throughout Japan. Tokyo Olympic Games venues are categorized in different zones such as Heritage Zone, Tokyo Bay zones, and Outside Venues for different sports events.
The Heritage Zone consists of the stadiums in central Tokyo, while the Tokyo Bay Zone is located in the Odaiba, which is an artificial island in the Tokyo bay area. However, some outside venues are also included in the list for the events, such as shooting, football, softball, basketball, baseball, etc.
This article will provide a brief of each venue, let’s dive into it.
The National Stadium was used as the Olympic stadium for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. However, it was rebuilt in 2019 to host the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. The new stadium will be able to hold around 68,000 spectators. The Olympic Stadium will host the Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies. Besides, it will be the venue for Football and Athletics.
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium will be used for Olympic Table Tennis events, which has 7,000 capacities. However, it was one of the main arenas for the Olympic 1964, where water polo and gymnastics events were played. This year it will host table tennis only.
Yoyogi National Stadium
It will host handball, badminton, and wheelchair rugby. However, it was used for the basketball games in the 1964 Olympics. Yoyogi National Stadium is internationally known for its design, which has a suspension roof. However, the capacities for this venue are 10,200.
The Nippon Budokan is an indoor arena, which was built for the 1964 Summer Olympics to host Judo. This stadium’s main purpose was to host martial arts events, which is why Nippon Budokan is considered the spiritual home for the Japanese martial arts. However, this venue will host Judo and karate in the 2021 Summer Olympics. 11,000 people can sit together in this indoor arena.
Tokyo International Forum
Weightlifting and powerlifting will take place here. It is a multi-purpose exhibition center, which has 8 different main halls with the exhibition spaces as well as other facilities. Olympic weightlifting can hold 5,000 fans at a time.
Kokugikan arena is usually hosting sumo wrestling, which is the national sport of Japan. However, it will host Olympic boxing. The interior of Kokugikan is bowl-shaped, which allows the 7,300 spectators to watch the shows easily at the center of the venue.
It was specially built for the Olympic equestrian competitions in 1964. However, this center promotes horse riding beside the equestrian. For the Olympic event, it will arrange the Dressage, Eventing, and Jumping for the 9,300 spectators.
Musashino Forest Sport Plaza
It is a multi-purpose venue, which includes a gym, swimming pool, and two sports fitness studios. However, Badminton and Modern Pentathlon (fencing) will be played here in the Olympic competition. It is a new venue that is solely built for the 2021 Summer Olympics.
Tokyo stadium is a large-scale multi-purpose venue, which is used for different outdoor sports activities. However, it will host Olympic football and rugby mainly. Besides these, fencing, swimming, laser runs, and riding will take place too. It has a capacity of 48,000 for all sports events.
Musashino Forest Sport Plaza
Musashinonomori Park is surrounded by the Musashino Forest, which has a smooth road around it for the Olympic cycling road race. The beautiful views with the lush greenery will soothe the eyes of both spectators and riders.
Ariake Arena is a new venue constructed for the Olympic Volleyball, but it will be treated as the cultural center too after the 2021 Olympics. However, it has a seating capacity of 15,000. It will also host Wheelchair Basketball for the Paralympics.
Ariake Gymnastics Centre
It is a temporary arena for Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics, and Boccia. However, it will be reconstructed after the Olympic events. It can now host 12,000 people, and the newly constructed stadium will also have the same seating capacity.
Ariake Urban Sports Park
Ariake Urban Sports Park was constructed in the Ariake district by the waterfront area that is closer to the Big Sight venue and the Athletes’ Village. It intended to host BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, and Olympic Skateboarding.
The BMX racing event can accommodate 5,000 people, while the BMX freestyle can host 6,600. However, the capacity for skateboarding is different; it can accommodate 7,000 spectators.
Ariake Tennis Park
Ariake Tennis Park is one of the top tennis grounds in Japan. It consists of three types of courts, show, indoor and outdoor courts, which can accommodate around 19,900 people. However, it will also be Wheelchair Tennis too for the Paralympic event.
Odaiba Marine Park
It is mainly known for the natural greenery and rich harmony along with ocean views. However, it will be a temporary venue for Olympics marathon swimming and Triathlon. As it is an outdoor facility, 5,500 people can watch the shows while they roam around the park.
It is located in the Tokyo Bay area, which has an iconic view of the Rainbow Bridge. A temporary arrangement will be set up here to host the Olympic beach volleyball. The temporary venue at Shiokaze Park will have a 12,000-seating capacity.
Aomi Urban Sports Park
It is located closer to the Athletes’ Village alongside Tokyo Bay. However, Aomi Urban Sports Park will be a temporary venue for Olympic basketball and Olympic sports climbing. Besides, it will also host the 5-a-side football event in the Paralympic. The basketball field can accommodate 7,100, while the climbing venue can provide a seat for 8,400 spectators.
Oi Hockey Stadium
Oi Hockey Stadium has been constructed to host Olympic hockey. However, it will be used as a multi sports facility after it is done with the Olympics. The capacity of the venue is 15,000.
Sea Forest Cross-Country Course
It is a temporary location for the Olympic Equestrian cross-country event, which can accommodate 16,000 spectators. However, the Sea Forest Cross-Country Course will give you a view of Tokyo Bay as well as Tokyo’s cityscape.
Sea Forest Waterway
Sea Forest Waterway is situated close to central Tokyo, where the canoe and rowing will take place. However, after the 2021 Olympic games, the waterfront site will be used for different canoe competitions and international rowing. Besides, it will become a prime location for water sports in Asia.
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre
Japan did not have any artificial canoe slalom course. However, Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre has become the first time ever man-made course in Japan. Following the 2021 Olympic games, it will be a place for a wide range of water sports as well as leisure activities. The venue capacities are 7,500.
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field has been unveiled to host the Olympic archery tournaments. It was built in the Dream Island Site’s park area. However, after the Olympics, it is expected to be a venue for the Japanese archery tournaments and some other activities, which 5,600 people can watch.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre
Tokyo Aquatics Center is going to host Olympic water events such as diving, swimming, artistic swimming, etc. After the Olympic events, the venue will become a place to host different domestic and international water sports events. The seating capacity for the spectators is 15,000.
Tatsumi Water Polo Centre
Tatsumi Water Polo Centre has an iconic design, which was built in 1990 for swimming and other water sports. However, it will be the only venue to host the Olympic water polo event, which has a capacity of 4,700.
Sapporo Odori Park
Different athletic events, including the Olympic race walking events and marathon, are going to take place here. The park is about 1.5 km long with an area of 7.8 ha. However, it is a tourist attraction all year round, and the capacity for the Olympic events is undisclosed.
Makuhari Messe Hall
The Makuhari Messe Hall is one of the biggest convention centers for sports events in Japan, which is 210,000 square meters. It has three different halls for exhibition, conference, and Makuhari events. However, these halls will be used for various Olympic events including, fencing, taekwondo, wrestling, and goalball.
Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach
Surfing was not an Olympic sport; however, it is going to be added for the first time in Tokyo Olympics 2021. Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach will be used as the venue. Usually, this beach boasts world-class waves, which attract thousands of surfers each year. The beach is located on the Pacific coastline, which has a capacity of 6,000 people.
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama Super Arena is considered as Japan’s one of the largest multi-purpose venues to host sporting events, conferences, concerts, and more. However, the 2021 Olympics will use this venue for the Basketball games. Saitama Super Arena is expected to accommodate 21,000 for the Olympic events.
Asaka Shooting Range
It is usually a venue for different shooting competitions. 1964 Olympic shooting games were held here. However, for the 2021 Olympic events, they have constructed a temporary facility. The Olympic rifle shooting can accommodate 3,200 people, while the clay shooting spectator’s capacity is 3,000.
Kasumigaseki Country Club
This 80-year-old golf course will host the Olympic golf event. The course is extended out to the verdant Musashino Hills. It was designed by the visionary golf architects to pass the golf’s traditions to future generations. 25,000 fans can watch the event at a time.
Enoshima Yacht Harbour
It was mainly constructed for the 1964 Olympic games and on the way to make another Olympic. The Olympic sailing will take place here. However, it was Japan’s first-ever harbor, which was capable of hosting various water sports competitions, where 3,600 people could watch the Olympic sailing.
Izu Velodrome is an indoor venue, which is located in Izu city. It consists of a 250m wooden cycling track that complies with the Union Cycliste Internationale standards. Besides the cycling events, it is also a national training center in Japan.
Izu MTB Course
It is an off-road course for mountain biking, which has a 4,100m in length track along with 150m elevations. The venue has 11,500 capacity for the fans.
Fuji International Speedway
Among other speedways, Fuji International Speedway has been chosen for the Olympic cycling road due to the up-to-date facilities, and it is near to the greater Tokyo area. However, different major international racing events take place here too. Venue capacities for the Olympic road race are 22,000.
Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium
This stadium is considered a part of the Azuma Sports Park, which has four different recreational spaces, including sports, nature, family, and history. Baseball and softball are newly added events in the Tokyo Olympics, and some of the games will take place here. However, the venue capacity is 14,300.
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
It is another baseball stadium to host other baseball and softball games. However, it is bigger than the Fukushima Azuma as it can accommodate 35,000 fans. For your information, Yokohama Baseball Stadium is a home for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars baseball team.
It is named after its shape. It has a dome-shaped roof and is considered an all-weather stadium. However, Sapporo Dome is a home for one Japanese professional football team and a baseball team. The venue has the capacity of 41,000 for the Olympic football games.
Miyagi Stadium will host several football matches, which have a capacity of 49,000 spectators. It was designed in such a way that the roof covers the spectators in a evoke image of the crescent moon. However, it is also used for athletics events too.
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
It is another football stadium that is located in Kashima City. It contains a natural grass pitch with an excellent view from all sides. It is the home ground for the Japanese football team Kashima Antlers. The seating capacity is 40,000.
It is the largest football stadium in Japan, with a capacity of 64,000. However, Saitama Stadium is one of the largest football venues in Asia. Numerous Olympic football games are going to take place here. It was mainly built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
International Stadium Yokohama
It is a multi-purpose stadium, but the Olympics will use it for football games. It is known for its seating capacity as it can hold 72,000+ viewers. It was constructed back in 1998 and became a home for the Yokohama F. Marinos football team. It also hosted the 2019 rugby world cup and different music events.
Even the coronavirus has stopped regular activities, including sporting events worldwide. However, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics will not get delayed anymore. All these 36 venues we have discussed above are ready to host the games. However, there will be many pandemic restrictions, which all the spectators will have to follow. Most of the venues are located in Tokyo, while few football games will take place in other parts of Japan.