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Olympic Stadium

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Tokyo's newest stadium is the centrepiece of the Olympic & Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

Luckily, our path to the Olympic Stadium (also known as the National Stadium) is much easier than the athletes' road to participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo’s newest stadium is set to be the centerpiece for the games—it will hold the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics and football. The current stadium is rebuilt on the same location as the stadium for the 1964 Olympic Games. It’s located in Meiji Jingu Gaien, an area popular for sports and leisure since the late 1800s, and a walk around the stadium introduces you to parks, sports and a plethora of cultural attractions. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma,the stadium became a popular photo spot even before it officially opened. Get to know this area of Tokyo and enjoy the parks and recreation nearby.

stadium decks
The Olympic Stadium design focused on using domestic materials with nods towards Japanese traditional design.
stadium stairs
The stadium was designed to harmonize with the park area surrounding it so lots of wood was used in the design as well as greenery.
stadium aoyama gate mural
The mural next to the Aoyama gate is from the original stadium built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
stadium twilight
Find this angle while walking from the Olympic Stadium to Sendagaya station or the Tokyo Municipal Gymnasium.
NTT Tower
NTT Tower can be seen from many places in Tokyo. In the evening it is lit up. The building often has a lighting theme to reflect current events and can be easily seen from the Sendagaya gate of the Olympic Stadium.
stadium unicorns
Statues of kirin, similar to a unicorn, in front of the Meiji Picture Gallery. You pass them on your way from Shinanomachi station to the Olympic stadium.
Approaching the stadium from Shinanomachi Stadium
Walking from Shinanomachi Station to the stadium, you pass in front of the Meiji Picture Gallery. You can sense the size of the stadium from this distance.
Jingugaien Icho Namiki avenue bench
Rest, read a book or people watch from benches on Icho Namiki Avenue (sometimes called Ginko Avenue). This street linking the Aoyama business districts and Meiji Jingu Gaien is at its best during autumn because of the famous yellow ginko leaves. However, the shade provided by the green leafy trees in summer is always welcome. Find it between the Olympic Stadium and Aoyama-Itchome Station.

This course is easy to run. It's flat and there are no stops. For marathon practice, it's great and the scenery is nice.

Access Information


10-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo


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

  • Kokuritsu-kyogijo Station, Exit A2 (Toei Oedo Line): 5-minute walk

  • Sendagaya Station or Shinanomachi Station (JR Chuo-Sobu Line. Local trains): 5-minute walk

  • Kitasando (Fukutoshin Line): 15-minute walk


Olympic Stadium (National Stadium)


Tokyo 2020 official website advises that people come early during event times due to the large number of spectators expected.