Tokyo Olympics 2020Plan ahead and witness the greatest show on Earth in Japan
It seems like no time at all since the spectacular closing ceremony that brought the curtain down on London’s historic Olympic Games. Memories of David Beckham, The Who and the Spice Girls strutting their stuff in the newly-built stadium still seem startlingly fresh. Alas, with these events still imprinted on our minds, and the small matter of Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the next host of the world’s most prestigious sporting event has been announced. For the first time since 1964, the Games are heading to Tokyo.
It’s hard to argue with the Japanese capital as an Olympic venue. Beating out Madrid and Istanbul, the city’s astounding technological reputation and renowned transport system seem almost custom-made to cater for the hordes who will visit it in seven years. It may seem like a long way away, but the sheer volume of visitors means it’s wise to plan early. HomeAway Holiday Rentals is on hand to assist you with accommodation nearer the time, offering a range of rental properties across the city (and country). It'd be criminal to experience only sport during your time there, so why not check out what else Tokyo has to offer?
Top five Tokyo attractions
National Stadium of Japan
The Olympic Committee of Japan have been campaigning for two years now to bring the event to their country, and one of the most appealing promises was that of the forthcoming new stadium. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the futuristic arena will be yet another addition to Tokyo’s pioneering landscape, resembling something straight out of cult sci-fi classic Blade Runner. The stadium is set to cater for 80,000 people, and with the Rugby World Cup in 2019 also earmarked to take place there, construction should be under way any day now.
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Tsukiji Fish Market
Though perhaps nor the best option for our squeamish readers, a visit to the world famous fish market is not to be missed. There is no better place to sample Japan’s national dish: mouthwatering sushi. Finding the restaurant area among the maze of stalls can be a challenge, but friendly staff will point you in the right direction. The 5am opening time makes this an ideal spot to ease yourself out of a jet-lagged state; if you prefer a more relaxed setting, crowds start dwindling around 9am.
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Despite its space age aura, Tokyo’s proud heritage is still evident city-wide. One of the country’s most sacred sites of worship, this Buddhist shrine is marvellously understated and serene, maintaining its original tranquillity and shunning the flashy allurements found elsewhere. You can take a dip in the communal cleansing pool with a view to purifying yourself, stopping to tie your deepest wish onto the prayer wall among those left by the locals. On a Sunday, you may even be fortunate enough to witness a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony!
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No visit to Japan would be complete without the spectacle of its national sport. Sumo's gargantuan athletes might seem a bit terrifying, but spectators can watch in safety from their vantage point! The timing of the Olympics probably won’t allow you to catch the grand tournaments that occur in January, May and September at the Ryogoku Kokugikan, but stables such as Isegahama and Kasugano usually welcome tourists to watch their morning training sessions. Of course, if the Sumo Federation get their way, the sport may be initiated as a part of the Games themselves!
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Nothing can truly prepare you for the bizarre characters you will encounter in Yoyogi Park. The park is the beating heart of Tokyo’s alternative scene, with roving gangs of hip-hop dancers, rockabilly outfits and fanatics adorning colourful anime costumes. Especially surreal: the horde of Elvis impersonators that gather by the east entrance, swinging their hips relentlessly to some of America’s finest ‘50s music. The park boasts more traditional features too, with a picturesque cycle path winding through some of the more peaceful and scenic areas.
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Main image theme (olympic rings) by Patrick Hoesly, Flickr,