The Olympic Games 2020: Yoyogi National Stadium

The venue for handball

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

The Yoyogi National Stadium was designed by the famous Japanese architect Kenzo Tange for the 1964 Olympic Games held in Tokyo. The Olympic Games of 1964 are memorable for being the first Olympic Games held in Asia. In 1964 the venue hosted swimming and diving competitions and its annex held the basketball competition. Though the arena was created and built between 1961 and 1964 it still looks modern.

The roof has a unique construction and the idea of an overlapping shell was used for the first time there. The concept of Kenzo Tange was a combination of Japanese and International styles that worked well in all his buildings and made them outstanding.

Yoyogi National Stadium
Yoyogi National Stadium

It was interesting to learn that in 1964 Tokyo hosted 5151 athletes from 93 countries, but the Olympic Games of 2020 will host 12,500 athletes from 205 countries! At the 2020 Olympic Games, the Yoyogi National Stadium will host handball, and at the Paralympic Games the venue will host badminton and wheelchair rugby. Сurrently, the leading positions in handball are occupied by teams from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and France (men); and Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Norway, and Montenegro (women). The arena of Yoyogi Stadium’s capacity for both Olympic and Paralympic Games is 10,200 people.

Yoyogi National Stadium is located near Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu Shrine and Takeshita Dori, the famous youth fashion trading street. The NHK World studios are adjacent to the arena along the edge of Yoyogi Park. It has a big square out the front, which is used for different festivals.

During the Olympic and Paralympic Games it is recommended to use public transport. It's also important to consider that due to higher than normal volumes of passengers, getting to the venue may a take longer time than usual.

Getting there

The closest stations of public transport are: Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line, Meiji-jingumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Lines, and Yoyogi-koen Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.

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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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Elena Lisina Author a year ago
Actually this kind of roof construction requires very exact calculation!
Sherilyn Siy a year ago
Classic design that has stood the test of time. Definitely a landmark in Yoyogi.
Kim a year ago
It really does still look very modern!
Elena Lisina Author a year ago
Yes! I wonder how it was accepted in 1964?!