Discover Tokyo 2020 Olympic Venues
Updated: Aug 3
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have reached the half-way mark. Throughout the world all eyes are on Tokyo and unfortunately Japan is missing their tourists more than ever. For years Tokyo has been preparing for their Tokyo Olympic Games and the arrival of athletes from around the world. Exciting sporting venues, parklands, tourist and shopping districts have been built and are now waiting for the time international borders open and travellers can once again return to Tokyo as well as the rest of Japan. Most of the Olympic venues are situated in Tokyo however there are also sporting venues on the outskirts of Tokyo as well as in other prefectures throughout Japan.
During these Games we have been posting on Facebook and Instagram, focussing daily on a sport, the sporting venue and also nearby tourist areas. Click on the links below if you want to see more. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for further updates, venue descriptions and sightseeing suggestions.
July 23rd and the Opening Ceremony - All eyes were on Olympic Stadium (Japan National Stadium) as Emperor Naruhito officially opened the Tokyo Olympic Games. During the Opening Ceremony we saw Olympic Stadium lit up inside by story telling light displays, outside by fabulous fireworks and above as 1,824 drones took to the skies to change from the Tokyo Olympic Games's logo to a revolving planet Earth. See more >>>
July 24th and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 1 starting at 12pm was the commencement of the Men's Road Cycling Race on the Formula 1 Track of the Fuji International Speedway. In the preliminary to the race commencement we saw the cyclists pedalling through traditional villages and past temples at the foot of Mt Fuji. See more >>>
Tokyo Olympic Games, Sunday, Day 2, Australia has won its first gold medal with the women’s 4 x100m Freestyle Relay Team setting a new world record! Their time beat the previous world record which was set by an Australian team at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Swimming, diving and artistic swimming competitions are being held in the state-of-the-art Tokyo Aquatics Center which was newly constructed in the Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park and opened in October last year. See more >>>
Monday Day 3 of the Tokyo Olympics started with swimming superstar Ariarne Titmus claiming gold for Australia! Our swimmers so far have a tally of 7 medals – 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze. Skye Nicolson impressed in her Olympic debut winning an impressive victory of 4:1 over South Korea’s Aeji Imi in women’s featherweight boxing at Tokyo’s Kokugikan Arena. Skye had previously won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. See more >>>
Tuesday Day 4 of the Tokyo Olympics sadly saw Australia eliminated by Fiji 19-0 in the Rugby 7s quarter-finals. The Fijian defending gold medalists proved too strong for Australia resulting in Fiji winning their place in the semi-finals. This leaves Australia to play against South Africa in the 5th to 8th playoff. If they win against South Africa they will play either Canada or the USA to decide 5th or 6th placing in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Wednesday Day 5 of the Tokyo Olympics sees Australian winning double gold medals with thrilling wins in rowing for both the men’s and women’s fours rowing teams at Sea Forest Waterway. Not only did we win two gold but we also won two bronze medals in rowing!
Sea Forest Waterway was purposely built for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and was inaugurated in June 2019. See more >>>
Thursday Day 6 and more time on the water! There are 13 competitors in Australia’s sailing team with a winning tally so far of 1 gold and 4 silver medals. The sailing venue is located in Kanagawa Prefecture at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. It was constructed for use during the 1964 Olympic Games, making it yet another 1964 Olympic legacy venue. This venue is Japan's first ever harbour capable of hosting water sport competitions and, since its creation, Enoshima’s harbour has hosted many international sailing competitions. See more >>>
Friday Day 7 and we watched the Matildas have a last-minute win over Great Britain 4-3 in the women’s soccer semi-finals at Kashima Stadium. With just one-minute of regulation time remaining captain Sam Kerr rescued the team to level scores at 2-2. The Matildas were on the verge of being dumped out of the Olympics at the quarter-final stage for the third time before captain Kerr levelled the scores and therefore instigating an equalizer that eventuated in Australia’s win. The Matilda’s will now face Sweden in the semi-finals. See more >>>
Saturday Day 8, Australia’s tennis pin-up girl Ash Barty claims bronze in the mixed doubles tennis, partnering with John Peers and securing Australia’s first ever medal in an Olympic mixed doubles competition. The two world No.1s, 2021 Wimbledon men’s singles and women’s singles championship winners, Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic were scheduled for the bronze-medal play-off – Ash Barty and John Peers against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic. See more >>>
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Written by Rondell Herriot, Co-Managing Director Saizen Tours
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