Fifty-six years after having organised the Olympic Games, the Japanese capital will be hosting a Summer edition for the second time, from 24 July to 9 August 2020. The Games in 1964 radically transformed the country. According to the organisers of the event in 2020, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organised, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)”.
Aligning with the reforms advocated by Olympic Agenda 2020, the Tokyo Games will use as many existing competition venues as possible, namely those built for the Games in 1964, such as the prestigious Nippon Budokkan for judo, the Baji Koen Park for equestrian events, and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium for handball. The Tokyo National Stadium, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and athletics competitions will be staged, will be completely revamped and replaced by a new arena.
Japan has been an Olympic land since the Summer Games of 1964, which were the first to be staged in Asia. In 2020, the country will host its fourth Games, if we include the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano.
Japan’s popularity is still growing among international tourists. Japan is a unique blend of traditional and modern. It has 21 World Heritage Sites, including Himeji Castle, Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and Nara. Popular tourist attractions include Tokyo and Hiroshima, Mount Fuji, ski resorts such as Niseko in Hokkaido, Okinawa, riding the shinkansen and taking advantage of Japan’s hotel and hotspring network. Japan provides a rich cultural experience and a glimpse of the future through technological developments. Japan has one of the world’s lowest crime rates which makes it ideal for travelers.
TOKYO – Tokyo, a huge and diverse city, has been named as one of the world’s most satisfying tourist cities and its popularity is continuing to grow. Shopping, exploring old neighbourhoods, sumo, craft beers and karaoke tops our list of the best reasons to vacation there.
KYOTO – Your visit to Japan is not complete without visiting its cultural and historic centre. Kyoto is a fusion between modern & old, is in the Kansai region and was the Imperial Capital of Japan. Due to its historic value, Kyoto’s treasured shrines, temples, numerous gardens and palaces were spared from air raids and atomic bombings during World War II.
MOUNT FUJI – Majestic Mount Fuji is recognised worldwide as the icon of Japan, visited by locals and foreigners alike for its scenic beauty and historical elements.
BAMBOO FOREST – The Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama, which itself is a scenic beauty, a grove of carefully planted tall Bamboo plants. Entering into this forest is like coming to a whole new world which is calm, serene and a beauty in green.
KIYOMIZU-DERA TEMPLE – This is truly a must visit. It’s at the top of a hill and offers magnificent views. Inside you must drink from the ‘sacred water’ waterfall.