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Past events/Tokyo 2020: This event has closed and is no longer open to the public. The next Olympic Summer Games will be held in Paris, France in 2024.



The Tokyo article provides a more comprehensive guide to those visiting the city.
Paralympic games of the XXXII Olympiad
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Japan Tokyo, Japan – 24/8/2021
Has concluded

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad, the 2020 Summer Olympics, were held in Tokyo from 23 July to 8 August 2021, having been postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. They were followed by the Paralympics from 24 August to 5 September 2021. Some events were held in other locations throughout Japan.

Tokyo was the only Asian city to have hosted two summer Olympics, having previously hosted the games in 1964.

For the first time, climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing were featured at the Olympics, while others like baseball and softball made their return after being dropped from the 2012 Olympics.

Prepare[edit]

Tickets[edit]

If you bought a ticket, you should be able to get a refund. In some cases fees may not be refunded, though.

Accommodation[edit]

It's best to be within easy reach of Minato or Odaiba for the Olympic Park, but the cheaper hostels area at Asakusa is not far either. Cheap and plentiful accommodation can be found in prefectures surrounding Tokyo, so if you don't mind the trade-off of 30–60 minutes of commute, you can still plan an Olympics trip even if accommodation seems to be otherwise prohibitively expensive or hard to find. Examples can include looking at hotels near stations on a single train line into Tokyo, such as in central Saitama (prefecture), southern Ibaraki, or the area in Chiba (prefecture) between Tokyo and Narita. Southern Chiba and western Kanagawa would likely be too far to consider for most people as a daily commute to the games.

Get in[edit]

General information about traveling to Tokyo appears in the Tokyo article.

Get around[edit]

General information about getting around Tokyo appears in the Tokyo article.

Driving in Tokyo is usually a bad idea, and during the Olympics it will probably be impossible to find any parking vacancy in the whole city. Just use the train/metro system, which is used to huge crowds. The train/metro system is the most efficient way to travel in Tokyo. It is also good fun planning the routes.

See[edit]

Most of the games will probably be shown on your favourite TV channel, or on some other one available. There are probable big screens at some locations allowing a more social event, in regions where the COVID-19 situation is under control.

Where[edit]

Most events will take place in Tokyo or close to it, with three further cities holding some football games and a fourth hosting some baseball and softball games:

Venues in Tokyo, near Yoyogi:

  • 1 New National Stadium (新国立競技場). Opening ceremony, track and field, soccer. Japan National Stadium (Q14862239) on Wikidata New National Stadium (Tokyo) on Wikipedia
  • 2 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (東京体育館). Table tennis.
  • 3 Yoyogi National Stadium (国立代々木競技場). Handball.

Venues in Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace:

Nippon Budokan: Judo
  • 4 Nippon Budokan (日本武道館). Judo.
  • 5 Tokyo International Forum (東京国際フォーラム). Weight lifting.
  • 6 Kokugikan Arena (両国国技館). Boxing, in Japan's most famous sumo wrestling place.

Venues in Tokyo, around Ariake:

  • 7 Ariake Arena (有明アリーナ). Indoor volleyball.
  • 8 Olympic BMX Course (有明BMXコース). BMX.
  • 9 Olympic Gymnastic Centre (有明体操競技場). Gymnastics.
  • 10 Ariake Tennis Park (有明テニスの森). Tennis.
  • 11 Odaiba Marine Park (お台場海浜公園). Triathlon, marathon swimming.
  • 12 Shiokaze Park (潮風公園). Beach volleyball.
Tokyo Big Sight: Wrestling, fencing, taekwondo
  • 13 Tokyo Big Sight Hall A (東京ビッグサイト・ホールA). Wrestling.
  • 14 Tokyo Big Sight Hall B (東京ビッグサイト・ホールB). Fencing, taekwondo.
  • 15 Seaside Park Hockey Stadium (大井ホッケー競技場). Hockey. Nice park nearby, including a bird sanctuary with an observation deck with free binoculars and a small museum.
  • 16 Olympic Village (選手村). Train hard enough and you might get your accommodation here. Only athletes, trainers and officials are allowed.

Venues in Tokyo, around Sea Forest (海の森)

  • 17 Sea Forest Cross-Country Course (海の森クロスカントリーコース). Equestrian eventing cross-country.
  • 18 Sea Forest Waterway (海の森水上競技場). Rowing, canoe-kayak.
  • 19 Sea Forest Mountain Bike Course (海の森マウンテンバイクコース). Mountain bike.
  • 20 Wakasu Olympic Marina (若洲オリンピックマリーナ). Sailing.
  • 21 Kasai Slalom Course (葛西臨海公園). Canoe-kayak slalom.

Venues in Tokyo, around Dream Island (夢の島):

  • 22 Youth Plaza Arena A (夢の島ユース・プラザ・アリーナA). Badminton.
  • 23 Youth Plaza Arena B (夢の島ユース・プラザ・アリーナB). Basketball.
  • 24 Dream Island Archery Field (夢の島公園). Archery.
  • 25 Olympic Aquatics Centre (オリンピックアクアティックセンター). Swimming, synchronised swimming, diving.
  • 26 Waterpolo Arena (ウォーターポロアリーナ). Waterpolo.

Venues in Musashino, one hour from the Tokyo center:

  • 27 Musashino Forest Sport Centre (武蔵野の森総合スポーツ施設). Modern pentathlon: fencing.
Tokyo Stadium: Football
  • 28 Ajinomoto Stadium (東京スタジアム, Tokyo Stadium). Football, modern pentathlon (swimming, riding, running, shooting), and rugby sevens.
  • 29 Musashino Forest Park (武蔵の森公園). Start of the bicycle road race.

Other venues one hour from the Tokyo center:

  • 30 Asaka shooting Range (陸上自衛隊朝霞訓練場). Shooting.
  • 31 Kasumigaseki Country Club (霞ケ関カンツリー倶楽部). Golf.
  • 32 Saitama Stadium (埼玉スタジアム2002) (In Saitama.). Football.
  • 33 Saitama Super Arena (さいたまスーパーアリーナ) (In Saitama.). Basketball.
  • 34 International Stadium Yokohama (横浜国際総合競技場) (In Yokohama.). Football.
  • 35 Yokohama Stadium (横浜スタジアム) (In Yokohama.). Baseball and softball.

Venues in further cities:

  • 36 Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium (福島県営あづま球場) (in Fukushima, about 90 minutes north of Tokyo and 30 minutes south of Sendai). Baseball and softball.
  • 37 Kashima Soccer Stadium (茨城県立カシマサッカースタジアム) (in Kashima, about 90 minutes northeast of Tokyo). Football.
  • 38 Miyagi Stadium (宮城スタジアム) (in Sendai, two hours north of Tokyo). Football.
  • 39 Izu Velodrome (伊豆ベロドローム) (in Shizuoka, about two and a half hours southwest of Tokyo). Track cycling.
  • 40 Fuji International Speedway (富士スピードウェイ) (in Shizuoka, about two hours southwest of Tokyo. Near the bottom of Mount Fuji.). Finish line of bicycle road race.
  • 41 Sapporo Dome (札幌ドーム) (in Sapporo, in the very north of Japan, reachable by plane or 4 hours on bullet train). Football.

Calendar[edit]

Some events have been postponed because of a typhoon in the area.

Olympics[edit]

The original schedule was from 22 July to 9 August 2020. To postpone the Olympics until 2021, all events were delayed by 364 days (one day less than a full year to preserve the same days of the week), giving a new schedule of 21 July to 8 August 2021.

All times and dates use Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events EG Exhibition gala CC Closing ceremony
July/August 2021 21
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Olympic Rings Icon.svg Ceremonies OC CC n/a
Aquatics Synchronized swimming pictogram.svg Artistic swimming 1 1 2
Diving pictogram.svg Diving 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Open water swimming pictogram.svg Marathon swimming 1 1 2
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 5 35
Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 1 1 2
Archery pictogram.svg Archery 1 1 1 1 1 5
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 1 3 4 5 6 5 8 8 7 1 48
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton 1 1 1 2 5
Baseball
Baseball pictogram.svg Baseball 1 1
Softball pictogram.svg Softball 1 1
Basketball Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball 1 1 4
3-on-3 basketball pictogram.svg 3×3 Basketball 2
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 2 1 1 1 4 4 13
Canoeing Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg Slalom 1 1 1 1 16
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Sprint 4 4 4
Cycling Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Road cycling 1 1 2 22
Cycling (track) pictogram.svg Track cycling 1 2 1 2 2 1 3
Cycling (BMX) pictogram.svg BMX 2 2
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg Mountain biking 1 1
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 1 1 2 1 1 6
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 12
Field hockey pictogram.svg Field hockey 1 1 2
Football pictogram.svg Football 1 1 2
Golf pictogram.svg Golf 1 1 2
Gymnastics Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Artistic 1 1 1 1 4 3 3 EG 18
Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg Rhythmic 1 1
Gymnastics (trampoline) pictogram.svg Trampolining 1 1
Handball pictogram.svg Handball 1 1 2
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 15
Karate pictogram.svg Karate 3 3 2 8
Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon 1 1 2
Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 2 4 4 4 14
Rugby Sevens pictogram.svg Rugby sevens 1 1 2
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 2 2 2 2 2 10
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 15
Skateboarding pictogram.svg Skateboarding 1 1 1 1 4
Sport climbing pictogram.svg Sport climbing 1 1 2
Surfing pictogram.svg Surfing 2 2
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 1 1 1 1 1 5
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo 2 2 2 2 8
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis 1 1 3 5
Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon 1 1 1 3
Volleyball Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball 1 1 4
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball 1 1
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 14
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 3 3 3 3 3 3 18
Daily medal events 11 18 21 22 23 17 21 21 25 22 24 17 27 23 34 13 339
Cumulative total 11 29 50 72 95 112 133 154 179 201 225 242 269 292 326 339
July/August 2021 21
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Paralympics[edit]

The Olympic Games will be followed two weeks later with the Summer Paralympic Games from 24 August to 5 September 2021. Most of the Paralympic events will be held in the same venues as the Olympics.

To postpone the Paralympics until 2021, all events were delayed by 364 days (one day less than a full year to preserve the same days of the week), giving a new schedule of 24 August to 9 September 2021.

All times and dates use Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
August/September 2021 24
Tue
25
Wed
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Events
IPC logo black (2004-2019).svg Ceremonies OC CC n/a
Archery pictogram (Paralympics).svg Archery 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 9
Athletics pictogram (Paralympics).svg Athletics 13 16 19 17 21 17 18 18 24 5 168
Wheelchair badminton pictogram (Paralympics).svg Badminton 7 7 14
Boccia pictogram (Paralympics).svg Boccia 4 3 7
Cycling Cycling (road) pictogram (Paralympics).svg Road 19 6 5 4 51
Cycling (track) pictogram (Paralympics).svg Track 4 5 5 3
Equestrian Dressage pictogram (Paralympics).svg Equestrian (dressage) 3 2 1 5 11
Football 5-a-side pictogram (Paralympics).svg Football 5-a-side 1 1
Goalball pictogram (Paralympics).svg Goalball 2 2
Judo pictogram (Paralympics).svg Judo 4 4 5 13
Paracanoe pictogram (Paralympics).svg Paracanoe 4 5 9
Triathlon pictogram (Paralympics).svg Paratriathlon 4 4 8
Powerlifting pictogram (Paralympics).svg Powerlifting 4 4 4 4 4 20
Rowing pictogram (Paralympics).svg Rowing 4 4
Shooting pictogram (Paralympics).svg Shooting 3 2 2 1 2 2 1 13
Sitting volleyball pictogram (Paralympics).svg Sitting volleyball 1 1 2
Swimming pictogram (Paralympics).svg Swimming 16 14 14 14 13 15 14 15 15 16 146
Table tennis pictogram (Paralympics).svg Table tennis 5 8 8 5 5 31
Taekwondo pictogram (Paralympics).svg Taekwondo 2 2 2 6
Wheelchair basketball pictogram (Paralympics).svg Wheelchair basketball 1 1 2
Wheelchair fencing pictogram (Paralympics).svg Wheelchair fencing 4 4 2 4 2 16
Wheelchair rugby pictogram (Paralympics).svg Wheelchair rugby 1 1
Wheelchair tennis pictogram (Paralympics).svg Wheelchair tennis 1 1 2 2 6
Daily medal events 24 30 44 55 62 54 58 45 48 56 49 15 540
Cumulative total 24 54 98 153 215 269 327 372 420 476 525 540
August/September 2021 24
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Do[edit]

Tokyo has many other attractions, which are worth checking between the two games.

Buy[edit]

Some of the most popular shopping sites in Tokyo include:

  • Akihabara, Tokyo's Electric Town, is the center of the electronics stores, and the stores along Chuo-dori are packed to the rafters with anime (animation) and manga (comics)
  • the Antique Mall in Ginza or the Antique Market in Omotesando
  • Shinjuku has the camera stores
  • Shibuya and neighboring Harajuku are the best-known shopping areas for funky, youthful clothes and accessories
  • Kappabashi Street near Asakusa, also known as “Kitchen Town” is lined with stores selling all kinds of kitchen wares
  • Ochanomizu has what must be the world’s densest collection of guitar shops, and plenty of other musical instruments are available
  • Nakamise in Asakusa and the Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando stock all the kitschy things like kanji-emblazoned T-shirts, foreigner-sized kimono, ninja outfits for kids and ersatz samurai swords
  • Ueno's Ameyoko and Yanaka Ginza in the Shitamachi Taito district are good neighborhood shopping streets

Eat[edit]

If you want a break from the food available at the Olympic Park, head for the neighbouring Odaiba, Shinbashi, Daimon, where plenty of Japanese and other options are available.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

The summer heat in Tokyo can be debilitating. While you are unlikely to suffer from heat stroke compared to the competing athletes, try to stay hydrated and stay in the shade if you are outdoors.

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