Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Overview
The Olympic Games kick off on July 23, and the Paralympic Games start on August 24, 2021.
Tokyo is hosting the Olympics and Paralympics for the first time in 56 years. The Olympics are set to be held over a period of 17 days from July 23 to August 8, 2021, while the Paralympics are going to be held for 13 days from August 24 to September 5, 2021. This time, this iconic sporting event will feature top athletes from 205 countries around the world competing in a total of 55 Olympic and Paralympic sports.
Games of the XXXII Olympiad
Fri, 23 July – Sun 8 August 2021
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Tue, 24 August – Sun 5 September 2021
Most games are set to be held in and around the Tokyo metropolitan area.
While most of the games are going to be held in Tokyo Waterfront City, some will be in neighboring prefectures such as Kanagawa and Saitama. A select number of games, such as soccer, softball, and baseball are going to be held in areas such as Sendai, Fukushima, and Sapporo that are only accessible via bullet train and airplane.
Take a closer look at the Olympic and Paralympic venues
Many of the games will be held in two zones: The Heritage Zone, around the Shinjuku and Shibuya area, which houses many of the iconic venues of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and the Tokyo Bay Zone. The distance between the two zones are about 10 km and the venues are expected to be connected via shuttle bus.
Some games are also going to be held in neighboring areas such as Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Ibaraki, and Shizuoka. Many of these places are 30 minutes to 2 hours from Tokyo by bus or train.
A select number of soccer games are going to be held in Sendai, Miyagi and Sapporo, Hokkaido, which are only accessible via bullet train and airplane.