With the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan has been undergoing many changes in preparations for the games. These changes won’t feel too sudden for local residents, but as the world comes to Japan in 2020, visitors may find themselves seeing a rapidly changing Tokyo. We should expect Japan to flaunt its sophisticated infrastructure, accommodations, technology, and entertainment. We’ve looked at just a few areas in which Tokyo is changing to attract visitors during the world-famous summer games.
One of the main sources of innovation during the games will come from the actual venues for Olympic competition, and the list of venues is already extensive and impressive. Tokyo is going to present the games in two “zones” that intersect on the northwest end of the Tokyo Bay, where the Olympic Village will be located. With how densely constructed Tokyo is already, it seems like a good idea to spread out Olympic activity across the city, so that visitors can get a wonderful grasp of the Tokyo area over the course of the games.
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The most thrilling aspect of the Olympic preparation in Japan is what it might do to the already incredible Tokyo skyline. According to news reports from 2017 as many as 45 new skyscrapers might be finished in time for the Olympic games. Even with a conservative estimate of only 10 to 15 buildings being fully finished in time, that’s still a large impact on the city landscape. For reference, regular growth of the Tokyo area would have a 50% greater rate of high-rise constructions from 2017-2020 compared to the same period from 2014-2017. Needless to say, the new buildings are being designed with aesthetics in mind, so that when finished they’ll add to Tokyo’s reputation as a beautiful world city.
While it’s somewhat exclusive, the Olympic Village is always one of the most exciting things about the games. As mentioned, the Olympic Village in Tokyo will be at the northwestern edge of the bay, and specifically at the Harumi 5-Chrome neighborhood. Construction is expected to take up over 13 hectares of space, resulting in cutting-edge condo complexes that will be used by the athletes and then sold following the games. There will be 21 buildings in total, complete with residences and shopping areas alike, and the tallest of them will reach nearly 20 floors. All in all it’s going to be a flashy and beautiful aspect of the Olympics and if all goes well, a vibrant, upscale neighborhood by the water thereafter.
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While it isn’t directly connected to the 2020 games, this change has definitely been influenced by the expectation of throngs of tourists coming to Japan. Japan has recently legalized casino gambling, resorts are already being eyed in potential spots such as Tokyo, Wakayama, Nagasaki, and Osaka. It’s simply a matter of whether they could be set up in time. Once built, new casinos will also have to entice players in a culture that isn’t used to gambling, though there are models for this. Internet betting and gaming sites provide selections of free options that can introduce people to gambling, and matched initial deposits can also put people at ease with real money gaming. Possibilities like these combined with beautiful and exciting venues could get people gaming in a hurry though, which makes potential casino resorts something of a 2020 wildcard.
This is a matter more related to transportation than construction, but it’s likely that by 2020 driverless cars will be operational and supported around the Tokyo area. The current scale of implementation is unknown as of now, but there’s potential for it to completely alter the environment for visitors to Tokyo.
The Olympics are right around the corner, so if you`re planning a trip to Japan, start adding places and things to do on your bucket list and get ready for more surprises, better buildings, a glowing country and more improvement in various areas as Japan continues to upgrade itself.