The central business area of Tokyo has many legacies of the 1964 Olympic Games and will include seven venues:
Kasumigaoka National Stadium, on the site of the Olympic Stadium for Tokyo 1964, will be built as a state-of-the-art stadium by 2019. For Tokyo 2020, it will serve as a venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletics, football and rugby competitions. This 80,000 seat stadium will be owned by Japan Sport Council and is planned to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, international football matches and national track & field championships, along with other cultural and sporting events. The stadium is located within the Jingu area, one of the four large sports areas under development as part of the “Tokyo Vision 2020.”
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
The Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium will be the table tennis venue. Modern and well-maintained, it attracts 1.6 million people annually who practice sport and exercise. Facilities include a 10,000-capacity main arena, a sub-arena and a well-equipped fitness training room.
Yoyogi National Stadium
The Yoyogi National Stadium will be the handball venue. This world famous building, with its high-tension suspended roof and rich sculptural reliefs, was designed by Kenzo Tange for swimming and basketball during the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. It remains a highly-regarded and highly-adaptable Olympic legacy. This venue is situated next to the beautiful forest of the Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park, another 1964 legacy.
The Nippon Budokan is to judo what Wimbledon is to tennis. Site of the first Olympic judo competition, this venue is a major legacy of Tokyo 1964 and regularly stages budo (Japanese martial arts) as well as concerts and other events. It is the ideal place to host judo for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Uniquely Japanese in character, the Nippon Budokan will provide an outstanding experience for both competitors and spectators.
Imperial Palace Garden
The Imperial Palace Garden will be the start point for road cycling. Athletes race through the historic moats, gracious parklands and tree-lined streets, leading to Tama Hills. As well as being a popular tourist destination, the easily-accessible Imperial Palace Garden is regularly enjoyed by Tokyo residents for active and passive recreation.
Tokyo International Forum
The Tokyo International Forum will be the Weightlifting venue. It is located in the heart of Tokyo, surrounded by Japan’s most important business districts, Marunouchi and Otemachi. The Forum, an outstanding piece of contemporary architecture, includes a multipurpose hall and art centre and attracts 4 million visitors annually
The home of the Japanese national sport of Sumo wrestling has a bowl-shaped structure that will be ideal for boxing. Unrestricted sightlines from all four sides will ensure optimal viewing for spectators. The Kokugikan Arena has considerable experience in hosting boxing title matches.
All venue information is courtesy of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee