Tokyo 2020 unveils "TOKYO WATERFRONT CITY" concepts

Tokyo Waterfront City.
Tokyo Waterfront City.

Where urban lifestyles meet sports

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 to 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, giving them an ‘active’ Games experience.

Youth-focused sports

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

Many urban and youth-focused sports will feature in the Olympics for the first time at Tokyo 2020, including 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.
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 and Paralympic cauldron, and 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 also be located in this area and will offer official licensed Tokyo 2020 products for sale.

Three symbolic features

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

1. URBAN FESTIVAL

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

2. PLAYGROUND

In the Playground, visitors without tickets to events can watch top athletes while they train and warm up for events. There will be open-air warm-up areas where visitors can watch and interact with 3x3 basketball players and sport climbing athletes as they train. 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.

3. OLYMPIC PROMENADE

The Olympic Promenade will be located in the Centre Promenade Park, which links the Aomi and Odaiba areas with the Ariake area. The Olympic and Paralympic cauldron will be located here, with sports and artistic performance areas, cool spots, rest areas and dining spaces for spectators. It will be an open area where everyone can visit and 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 WATERFRONT CITY Features

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)