Olympic Games - Tokyo 2020: Update on What will Change   近代オリンピック

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Faster, Higher, Stronger!

We're 5 years away from the Tokyo Olympics! A brief update on the project, the work and expected changes in the capital.

Only five years left to prepare the city for the Olympics, no minute is to be lost in the Tokyo 2020 committee.

The Japanese project stood out by its cost reduction.
A large number of sports facilities already exist and should be reused. The symbol of this project is the new National Stadium Kasumigaoka, a  futuristic design built on the site of the former, and designed by architect Zaha Hadid.

The Olympic Village, will be located on the pier of Harumi, an artificial island located between Ginza and Odaiba. Almost all installations are expected to be within a radius of 8 km around the village. Like the latter, all the facilities will be environmentally friendly, using renewable energy.

The project is beautiful, ecofriendly and (normally) not too expensive compared to previous Olympics, but concretely, what changes should expect visitors?

It is in transport in Tokyo that the most significant problems will arise. Many aging subway stations will be refurbished with works staggered throughout the five years.
Shibuya Station is already in full redevelopment, while the others will follow from the end of 2015.

As all future Olympic cities, Tokyo will also undergo a major cleaning operation of its monuments but also of its neighborhoods. Gradually, as the games draw near we must also expect price increases in hotels and restaurants.

But the benefits are to be expected, besides better services, more officers and hotel staff should speak more English, and signage and markings will be much more widespread than today, further reducing the risk of getting lost .

Eagerly awaited and feared, the Tokyo Olympic Games will certainly profoundly change the landscape of the capital of Japan. You will need to come twice to compare.

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