Artificial islands and a Beatles stage: Tokyo Olympic venues where Indians will be in action

All the athletics disciplines will be held at Olympic Stadium while the Makuhari Messe facility will host fencing as well as wrestling.

5 min By Abhishek Purohit
The New National Stadium, the main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Forty-two venues will stage events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, 27 of which are in and around the Japanese capital.

Those 27 are split into the Heritage Zone and Tokyo Bay Zone with the other 15 outlying venues.

The Heritage Zone, as the name suggests, contains iconic arenas which were part of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

The Tokyo Bay Zone houses 16 venues, as well as the International Broadcast Centre and the Main Press Centre, with the Olympic Village between the two zones.

Indian athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will be in action at the following venues across various disciplines.


The archers will compete at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field. Located in the Tokyo Bay area, Yumenoshima (Dream Island) is an artificial island made using waste. It was used for garbage disposal at one point and now contains a sports park and botanical garden among other facilities.


The Olympic Stadium, or National Stadium, in Tokyo has been rebuilt and will be used for track and field events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. The marathon and race walks will be held at Odori Park in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo. The city hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics.

The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. (2021 Getty Images)


Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo is a multi-sport venue that will host the shuttlers among other disciplines. It was the first new venue to be completed for Tokyo 2020. Its main arena is as large as four basketball courts, making it the largest in Tokyo.


Ryōgoku Kokugikan, also known as Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, in Tokyo is mainly used for sumo wrestling tournaments. It also hosts events such as pro wrestling and music concerts – Paul McCartney performed here in 2018 -- and will play host to the boxers during the Olympics.


The Baji Koen Equestrian Park in Tokyo hosted the equestrian competition during the 1964 Olympics and has been refurbished for Tokyo 2020. It will host all equestrian events barring eventing cross-country, which will be held at the Sea Forest Cross-Country Course, a temporary course built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay.

The Baji Koen Equestrian Park in Tokyo
The Baji Koen Equestrian Park in Tokyo (2019 Getty Images)

Fencing and Wrestling

Makuhari Messe, a large-scale convention centre, is located in Chiba in the Greater Tokyo area. It has hosted several concerts, exhibitions and festivals. It opened in 1989. Fencing and wrestling for Tokyo 2020 will both be conducted here, among other events.


The Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe city, Saitama extends across the Musashino Hills. Having opened back in 1929, it has hosted a number of major professional and amateur golf tournaments. Its East Course is the planned venue for Tokyo 2020.


The Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo was initially planned as a temporary venue but will become a permanent venue. The area was earlier used for storing timber, which has been used liberally in the construction of the venue to showcase Japanese craftsmanship.


Built in the Oi Wharf Central Seaside Park, the Oi Hockey Stadium has a main pitch and a sub pitch, with both having night-lighting facilities. It is expected to be used as a multi-purpose sports facility after the Tokyo Games.


Nippon Budokan was constructed in Tokyo for the judo event in the 1964 Olympics. It has hosted other sports as well as several concerts, including The Beatles, but its main use is for Japanese martial arts. National championships of various disciplines of martial arts are held here.


Rowing will take place at the Sea Forest Waterway, built in the canals between the Inner and Outer Central Breakwater Reclamation Areas in Tokyo port. Dams at each end of the eight-lane course separate the Waterway from the Tokyo Bay and help maintain a depth of around six metres.

The Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo port.
The Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo port. (2019 Getty Images)


The Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Fujisawa is also a legacy venue constructed for the 1964 Games and will be the sailing venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Enoshima is an island in Sagami Bay at the mouth of the Sakai River.


Another venue constructed for the 1964 Olympics, the Asaka Shooting Range in Nerima, Tokyo is situated adjacent to Camp Asaka, a base of the Japanese Army. It was initially the site of a golf course and also hosts the National Sports Festival.


The Tokyo Aquatics Centre has been newly constructed in the Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park. It has a 10-lane main pool, a training pool and a diving pool. The facility is expected to be available for the public after the Games.

Table Tennis

Built in 1954 for the World Wrestling Championship, the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium also hosted gymnastics during the 1964 Olympics. It has hosted a variety of sports such as tennis, basketball, volleyball, figure skating as well as the table tennis Team World Cup in 2019.


The Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo is also used for the Japan Open and the Pan Pacific Open international tennis tournaments. The Ariake Coliseum centre court also features a retractable roof. The complex has indoor as well as outdoor courts.


A multi-purpose exhibition centre, the Tokyo International Forum was constructed on the site of the Old City Hall. Completed in 1996, it is shaped like an elongated boat. One of the halls at the venue has been repurposed for the weightlifters.

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