The 2020 Olympic Games: Musashino Forest Sport Plaza

The venue for badminton, fencing and Paralympic wheelchair basketball

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

The Musashino Forest Sport Plaza is a newly constructed venue with multi-purpose functions. It is located close to the Tokyo Stadium in Chofu City. At the 2020 Olympic Games, the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza will host the badminton, modern pentathlon fencing and Paralympic wheelchair basketball events. The capacity of the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza during the Games will be 7,200 spectators, though later the capacity of the main hall will be increased to 10,000 spectators.

Badminton competitions debuted at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. There were four competitions featuring singles and doubles events for both men and woman. The most successful athletes currently in badminton hail from China.

The modern pentathlon is consists of five events: fencing, swimming (free style), equestrian jumping, pistol shooting and cross-country running or the laser-run. The original idea for the pentathlon was based on the skills needed by the ideal soldier. Modern pentathlon has been part of the Olympic Games since 1912. In the past the competition lasted for five days, but from 1996 a one-day format was approved.

Perhaps the most famous nearby place of interest is the exceedingly popular anime studio Ghibli Museum. This museum is so popular that you must book your tickets well in advanced. Tickets really do sell out quickly but for fans of the anime studio, the Ghibli Museum is must visit. Japan Travel offers a great opportunity to visit with its Ghibli Museum Tour.

Ghibli Museum
Ghibli Museum

Along with the museum, the area features one of Tokyo's most popular public spaces, the beautifully spacious Inokashira Park. Famous for its cherry blossoms in spring, the park's pond and swan pedal boats are well-loved while the island shrine and small zoo only add to the park's appeal.

Inokashira Park
Inokashira Park

Getting there

The Musashino Forest Sport Plaza is a 5-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station on the Keio Line
or a 20-minute walk from Tama Station on the Seibu Tamagawa Line. For bus details please check the official website.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!

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Sherilyn Siy a year ago
What an eye catching design for a building.
Elena Lisina Author a year ago
Yes, quite interesting design!
Sleiman Azizi a year ago
The Ghibli Museum really is a great little place to visit and Inokashira Park is just lovely, seriously lovely.
Elena Lisina Author a year ago
I bet it's lovely, but on the day of our visit to the park during hanami it was SO crowded! :)