Tokyo 2020 Unveils "TOKYO WATERFRONT CITY" Concepts

Where urban lifestyles and sports meet


We are taking the Games stadium experience to the streets.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced details of the concepts behind “TOKYO WATERFRONT CITY”, an area around Tokyo Bay that will host Olympic and Paralympic events and activities next year.

This bold initiative will bring competition facilities in an urban setting, providing a new way for fans to experience the Tokyo 2020 Games. Spectators will be able to watch some competition events outside of the stadium setting and into the streets, giving them a ‘touch & feel’ and ‘active’ Games experience.

Youth-focused sports

TOKYO WATERFRONT CITY will be a place where fans can get up and close to the action all within a sophisticated urban environment.

Events for many of the urban and youth-focused sports that will feature at the Olympics for the first time at Tokyo 2020— such as 3x3 basketball, BMX freestyle, skateboarding, and sport climbing.

TOKYO WATERFRONT CITY includes the Aomi and Daiba neighbourhoods as well as the new city area of Ariake, where a number of urban development projects are underway.

Sports in an urban setting

TOKYO WATERFRONT CITY will incorporate seven Games venues, the Olympic & Paralympic cauldron, an area for Tokyo 2020 partners to showcase their products and services.

There will be two Partner Showcasing areas: one will be next to Aomi Urban Sports park and the other will be in an adjacent area of the OLYMPIC PROMENADE close to Tokyo Teleport station.

The Tokyo 2020 Megastore will be located in this area and will offer official Tokyo 2020 license products for sale.

Three symbolic features

Tokyo 2020 plans to develop three symbolic features at TOKYO WATERFRONT CITY.


The URBAN FESTIVAL will take place in the Ariake Urban Sports Park, where BMX racing and freestyle, as well as skateboarding events will be held, and in the Ariake Gymnasium, where gymnastics and boccia competitions will take place. Visitors will be able to really feel and experience urban sports here, with exhibition performances by athletes and a sport experience area. Visitors will be able to try their hand at urban sports such as BMX and skateboarding, with Tokyo 2020 also planning to offer many other interactive opportunities with cool spots featuring mist sprays and shaded areas.


Visitors without tickets to events can watch top athletes here while they train and warm up for events. There will be open-air warm-up areas where visitors can watch 3x3 basketball players and sport climbing athletes during their training, and be able to interact with them as well. Visitors will also be able to try their hand at urban sports in the actual competition venues. The PLAYGROUND area will be located in the partner showcasing area adjacent to the Aomi Urban Sports Park.


The OLYMPIC PROMENADE will be located in the Centre Promenade Park, which links the Aomi and Daiba areas with the Ariake area. The Olympic and Paralympic cauldron will be set up here, with sports and artistic performance areas, cool spots, rest areas, and eating and drinking spaces for spectators. It will be an open area that everyone can visit and where they will be able to enjoy the Games.

Adopting a similar approach to the TOKYO WATERFRONT CITY concept, Tokyo 2020 is also working on plans to create engaging opportunities at the surfing venue in the style of a surfing festival.


Tokyo 2020 Competition Venues

Aomi area Aomi Urban Sports Park (Olympic 3x3 basketball & sport climbing, Paralympic 5-a-side football)
Daiba area Odaiba Marine Park (Olympic marathon swimming & triathlon, Paralympic triathlon)

Shiokaze Park (Olympic beach volleyball)
Ariake area Ariake Tennis Park (Olympic tennis, Paralympic wheelchair tennis)

Ariake Urban Sports Park (Olympic BMX freestyle, BMX racing & skateboarding park and street)

Ariake Gymnastics Centre (Olympic gymnastics & Paralympic boccia)

Ariake Arena (Olympic volleyball, Paralympic wheelchair basketball)