2020 Tokyo Olympics: What are the locations of the venues?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Take a look at what the 2020 venues will look like when they are built in Japan

What are you waiting for? The 2020 Olympics have a unique opportunity to boost the profile of European travellers as over 7 million people are expected to arrive in Japan by train, the busiest in history.

This is one in every 12 travellers to the host country.

The countries you can find yourself in at the time are China, Russia, Korea, Southeast Asia, North America, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and South Africa.

Here’s what you need to know about the next ten months.

Like the Rio Olympics, the Olympic games are taking place at two venues that are literally on opposite sides of the Earth. This time round the opening and closing ceremonies will be held at Tokyo Dome, which is located approximately 100km west of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture.

There will be two new railway lines called JR Shinagawa Line (Newer-Tokyo Line) and JR Kawasaki Line with a total of almost 5m people expected to make the journey.

Games based on student travel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 2020 games will feature international athletes taking part in new events

Work on the Olympics has already started on three major facilities: National Gymnastics Arena, Home of Curling, National Stadium and Stadium Precinct. Some 6,000 athletes and officials are scheduled to take part in 79 medal events on opening and closing day.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The competitions will take place at a total of 22 venues

The full list of venues, as well as facilities supporting each sport, are available at the official Olympics website.

In the lead up to the Games, there will be international university teams competing in a number of events, including triathlon, triathlon beach volleyball and beach volleyball.

This is different to the sports events in Rio de Janeiro, which took place at various sites outside the official Games venues. This was part of the Olympics program as a way to cover the huge expense involved in staging the event and minimise transport issues.

Road and train disruptions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some events will be disrupted in areas where public transport connections will not be available

Two months before the opening ceremony, trains from Tokyo will be halted to have trains stopped before a scheduled work restart. That’s expected to affect up to 15 million people, according to organisers.

This includes all areas of Tokyo, although trains will be operating during the Games in certain zones.

The changes are for the planned improvements to the Rondo section of the Karuizawa Line, which is the second busiest rail station in Japan after Yamanote Station in Tokyo.

Ivy Bridge, one of the oldest trams in the world, will also be closed. The tramway is a rare road-route to the venue from Odaiba and is the transport hub for five Olympic venues.

The opening ceremony of the Olympics is on 18 July 2020 and the closing ceremony is on 3 August 2020.

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