Japan Olympic Museum

Gaienmae, Tokyo

Learn about Olympic history and what it takes to be an Olympian

Learn all about the Olympics at the Japan Olympic Museum! The first floor is free and packed with torches, medals, and emblems that are going to be used for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. You can even create an origami message for the Japanese athletes here.

Head to the second floor to check out various memorabilia and info-graphics, learn all about Olympic Games history since ancient Greece, and watch inspirational videos. You can also try some fun interactive challenges to find out how you compare to Olympic-level athletes.
The museum is barrier-free and offers some English support. Some spots have QR codes that support Chinese, French and Korean.
(coverage date: 22 November, 2019)

A variety of Olympic rings decorated by local school children. The wood for these rings come from trees in Engaru, Hokkaido. The trees were some of the legacy trees from the 1964 Olympics
museum-linking trees
A cross-section of one of the legacy trees from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Athletes brought seeds from their country as gifts for Japan. Some of these seeds went to Engaru in Hokkaido. The wooden bench near the Olympic and Paralympic torches is also made from this wood.
Detail of the cherry blossom shape of the 2020 Olympic Relay Torch.
The uniform for Japanese athletes entering the stadium for the opening ceremonies of the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.
A wall covered with posters from previous winter and summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Can you find your favorite Olympic city
An infographic of the history of countries that participated in the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Someity and Miraitowa the Paralympic and Olympic mascots of the 2020 Games.
athlete stories room
Athletes tell their story through videos on iPads and movies of Olympic moments play on walls.
Learn about the strength and balance required to jump in various sports. Test your skill and see how you compare!
The Five Rings Cafe looks out onto the Olympic Sports Square. Use the nearby table or take your drinks outside to watch people take photos with the Olympic Rings.
The Olympic Library. Visitors are encouraged to read books at the table in the library area which is free to the public.
Visitors can write messages of encouragement to Japanese athletes then follow instructions to make a special origami message. The messages will be displayed at the Athletes' Village.

This museum aims to inspire and educate our visitors through history and athletes’ personal stories. I recommend setting aside at least one hour to get the most of your experience and hope that your visit gives you an idea of what the games represent.

Access Information


4-2 Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo


  • Gaiemmae Station, Exit 3 (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line): 5-minute walk

  • Kokuritsu-kyogijo Station, Exit A2 (Toei Oedo Line): 10-minute walk

  • Sendagaya Station or Shinanomachi Station (JR Chuo-Sobu Line. Local trains): 12-minute walk

  • Kitasando (Fukutoshin Line): 15-minute walk


  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (final entry 4:30 p.m.)

  • Closed Mondays unless that day is a public holiday. Closed the following day instead.

  • Closed during New Year holidays.

  • Closed during exhibition set up and take down. Check the website to confirm.

  • The first floor exhibition is free

  • Entrance to the second floor costs 500 yen for adults, 400 yen for seniors, free for high school students and younger (please show ID), free for persons with disabilities (please show ID).


Japan Olympic Museum


  • Photography is allowed without flash

  • Video is not allowed

  • Drinks and snacks may only be consumed in the cafe area or the Olympic Square outside.