A look into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Village
In addition to the many sports venues, the host city prepares the Olympic and Paralympic Village to house the thousands of competing athletes who attend the Games. It gives athletes a place to prepare before competing and a chance for the host city to demonstrate their hospitality and local culture. Packed with emotions ranging from nervous tension to euphoria, staying at the village is an important and exciting part of the Games experience.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Village is located in the Harumi waterfront district near Tokyo Bay, next to the popular tourist destination Odaiba. Covering an impressive 44 hectares, the Village is composed of 3 areas—the Operational Zone, a Residential Zone, and the Village Plaza. Autonomous electric shuttle buses, specially designed for the Village by TOYOTA, will operate 24 hours a day providing athletes with convenient transport between facilities inside the Village. Sustainability and the Japanese spirit of hospitality, omotenashi, are themes prominently displayed throughout the whole village.
Athletes will spend most of their time in the Residential Zone. The rooms in the 21 residential buildings are simple, but carefully planned with the diverse group of athletes in mind. Everything inside the room can be rearranged, allowing athletes to adjust the room according to their needs. The room layouts and furniture are designed to be accessible and wheelchair-friendly. Other facilities in the area include multiple dining halls, a spacious fitness centre, and a recreational centre.
The Village Plaza area features a range of convenient services, including dry cleaning, clothes repair, and a post office.
To avoid the spread of Covid-19, certain additions and changes have been made to the village, such as a Fever Clinic, reduced seating in common areas, and regulations regarding socializing .