And to organize a spectacle on such a large scale, Japan has left no stone unturned. A total of 42 venues are playing host to the best athletes from around the world.
Divided into two main areas — the Tokyo Bay Zone and the Heritage Zone — the venues are a culmination of previously existing, temporary and built from scratch sites. And yes, they do come in all shapes and sizes.
We have been bringing you a thorough guide to all the Tokyo Olympic venues. In part three of our series, we take a look at 10 more venues, which will host multiple events during the Tokyo Games:
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
Located in Kashima City, the 40,000-capacity Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, home to Kashima Antlers — a Japanese professional football team, is a dedicated football stadium for the Tokyo Games.
The venue has a natural grass pitch and an excellent view from all seats.
The Saitama stadium, located in Saitama City, is the largest dedicated football stadium in Japan and is also one of the largest in Asia with a seating capacity of 64,000 spectators.
The venue too will host a few of the numerous football matches during the competition.
Miyagi Stadium, located in the city of Rifu, has a roof top that covers the seated spectators.
The stadium hosted three matches during the 2002 FIFA World Cup and also held the 56th National Sports Festival of Japan in 2001. Now the 49,000-spectator capacity venue is hosting the football matches during the Tokyo Games.
The all-weather Sapporo Dome located in Sapporo City is home to a Japanese professional football team and a baseball team. The dome-shaped stadium, which previously was a venue of the 2002 FIFA World Cup is now all set to host football matches during the sporting carnival in the country.
Fuji International Speedway
Standing in the foothills of Mount Fuji, the Fuji International Speedway is a motorsport race track, built in the early 1960s. The track will however, hold the road cycling event during the Games.
Izu MTB Course
Based in Izu City, about 150 kilometers south-east of Tokyo, the Izu MTB Course measures 4,100 metres in length and has elevations of up to 150 metres.
The course, probably the best Olympic MTB course ever, will be hosting the cycling mountain bike event.
Enoshima Yacht Harbour
Another legacy venue and Japan’s first ever harbour capable of hosting water sport competitions, the Enoshima Yacht Harbour was among one of the sites used during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Located in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture, the 3,600-capacity Enoshima Yacht Harbour this time will be hosting the sailing competitions.
Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach
The sport of surfing will be making its Olympic debut this year and the Tsurisaki Surfing Beach, located in Ichinomiya town on Pacific coastline will be welcoming the competitors from all over the world.
The sandy stretch with world-class waves has a capacity to accommodate close to 6,000 spectators.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre
The Tokyo Aquatics Centre is one of the eight newly built venues for the upcoming Olympics. The state-of-the-art main pool has an adjustable length and depth and will be used for artistic swimming, diving, swimming competitions.
Constructed in the Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, the 15,000-capacity centre is nothing short of a modern-day marvel.
Musashi No Mori Park
The Musashi No Mori Park, surrounded by the Musashino Forest, will be used as the start line for the cycling road race during the Tokyo Ogames.
Located to the west of central Tokyo, the Park offers both riders and spectators with beautiful views.