2020 TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES

Japan welcomes the 2020 summer Olympic Games! The games of the XXXII Olympiad and its 339 events will be hosted by Tokyo Bay and its surroundings. A total of 33 Olympic sports and 22 Paralympic sports will be contested in the 2020 Tokyo Games by nearly 11 000 athletes from around the world.
It’s not the first time that Japan has hosted the Olympic Games. In fact, 56 years ago, the 1964 Summer Games were held in Tokyo.
The Winter Games were also hosted by Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998.
The Olympic Games were built around the idea that sport has the power to change the world and our future.

The 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games completely transformed post-war Japan and integrated them into the modern world. The 2020 Games’ organisers want their games to bring positive changes to Japan and also across the world. For this, they relied on three key concepts:

 
  • do one’s best (give your best)
  • accept others (unite in diversity)
  • pass on to future generations (leave an inheritance)


The Olympic Committee have decided to include new sports in the 2020 games. Baseball and softball are also reinstated after being side lined since the 2008 games. Karate, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing are staring as Olympic events for the first time.
These sports are popular in Japan and promise to engage the Japanese public.

The events will be held around the centre of the megalopolis and around Tokyo Bay. They will take place in several iconic venues of the 1964 Olympics, such as the Yoyogi Stadium, as well as in new infrastructures, such as the new Olympic Stadium, which symbolises the future of the city and its innovation power.

And to make the most of the Olympic experience and have the best possible stay in the metropolis, you need accommodation where you can easily get to places hosting the events.For this, think of our apartments! In the centre of Tokyo, they’re situated a stone’s throw away from Ikebukuro Station, a strategic location and easy to access.

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2020 OLYMPIC GAMES CALENDAR

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The slogan for the Olympic Torch Relay will be:

HOPE LIGHTS OUR WAY

The first leg announcing the start of the Tokyo Games, the Olympic Torch Lighting Ceremony, is scheduled for 12 March 2020 in Greece. It will then arrive in Japan on 20 March 2020.
It will be displayed at the Ishinomaki Minamihama Tsunami Recovery Memorial Park in Miyagi Prefecture, a region in north eastern Japan devastated eight years ago by the nuclear and natural disaster of 11 March 2011.

As part of Japan's drive to create forward-looking and hopeful Games, the Japan Olympic Torch Relay will begin at the Olympic Village National Football Training Centre in Fukushima prefecture. This region is considered as a symbol of the country’s reconstruction after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.
This decision aims to highlight and encourage the country's efforts to recover from this ordeal, the consequences of which are still visible until today.

This first relay stage in Japan will start on 26 March 2020 and will cross the 47 Japanese prefectures in 121 days. It will aim to highlight the cultural and tourist wealth of each region.

  • The 2020 Olympic Games will start on 24 July and end on 9 August. For more information and see the events calendar, go to the official Tokyo Games website.

  • The Paralympic Games will take place over 12 days, from 25 August to 6 September with 22 sports and 540 events. You can find details on the calendar provided by the Tokyo Games’ committee.

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THE OLYMPIC TORCH

The torch design that will house the Olympic Flame for the Tokyo 2020 Relay was unveiled on 20 March 2019, exactly one year before its scheduled arrival in Miyagi from Greece.

The torch colour is rose gold and its design is centred around the theme of sakura. The Japanese cherry blossoms are the island’s most beloved flowers and their flowering begins at the end of March, at the beginning of the Olympic relay.

In addition, the sakura blossom embedded in the torch structure is composed of five round petals, reminiscent of the five Olympic rings.

To create this torch, Tokujin Yoshioka collaborated with schoolchildren in the regions most severely affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It is from this collaboration that this unique design was born. Indeed, cherry blossoms are not only an emblem of Japan, they also represent hope and renewal. Their arrival marks the beginning of spring and the end of winter, they symbolise life and time passing, a very dear concept to the Japanese people.
In addition, the 71cm long and 1.2kg torch is made from aluminium recovered from temporary housing built to accommodate residents of the affected areas.

Japan has dubbed the 2020 Olympics, the "Olympic Games of Reconstruction". Through the creation of the torch, the Games’ organisers have shown their willingness to participate in the reconstruction of the affected regions and help people overcome the challenges and move forward.


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2020 OLYMPIC GAMES MASCOTS

Japanese schools abroad. It was these mascots, created by Ryo Taniguchi, which won. He defines them as futurist and deeply rooted in Japan is known as the country of mascots so naturally the organisers created some for the Tokyo Games! So Miraitowa (blue) and Someity (pink) were born, respectively representing the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.


The 2020 Tokyo Games mascots were chosen following a vote by 16 789 school pupils in Japan, as well as Japanese culture.

They were unveiled to the public on 22 July 2018 and quickly became a popular face of the 2020 Games! In Japan, you'll find stuffed toys, t-shirts, notebooks and many other products... They're fulfilling their aim of creating enthusiasm for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.




OUR TOURS IN JAPAN FOR THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES


Come and support your favourite athletes and explore Japan!


With more than 38 years of experience, Japan Experience will offer you tours to help you explore Japan. Whether its first discovery trip or an umpteenth stay in Japan, one of our 2020 tours will meet your desires!

The 2020 summer Games are mainly based in Tokyo and the surrounding area. This is an opportunity to discover the region but also to go on an adventure to the four corners of the archipelago. Our experts have created tours to discover Japan’s treasures, the most famous places in Kyoto and Tokyo but also places off the beaten track.

Entrust the logistics of your stay in Japan to our experts and take everything in without the stress of organisation!


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