The date of the official opening of ticket sales has been officially announced by the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.
From June 2019, book your tickets to the Olympic competitions and experience a unique moment of sharing, a magical Olympic experience in the heart of the fascinating Japanese megalopolis.
JUDO 柔道 : THE WAY TO FLEXIBILITY
Originating from Jujitsu and the hand-to-hand techniques developed by samurai soldiers, judo made its Olympic debut at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
From July 25th to August 1st, 2020, judo will come back to the national dojo in the heart of the Japanese capital for exceptional matches.
In Japanese, judo means "the way of flexibility": the flexible man can defeat the strong one!
In 1882, Jigoro Kano laid down the founding principles of the discipline based on the observation of nature. The largest snow-laden tree branches succumb underweight while the most flexible ones bend without breaking.
Judo offers physical, moral and spiritual development, allowing you to blossom and be in harmony with yourself and others.
If judo made its first appearance at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, women's judo would have to wait until the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. 4 years earlier in Seoul it was still only a demonstration sport.
Our compatriot Ingrid Berghmans directly won the gold medal. Many other Olympic medals followed, won by great names such as Robert Van de Walle, Ulla Werbrouck, Gella Vandecaveye and others. With 12 Olympic medals, Belgium can certainly be called a homeland of judo.
« Without respect, no trust can be created »
Budo (martial art) et kan (house, place).
Literally, Budokan is "the house of martial arts".
Originally, the Nippon Budokan was designed to host the first Olympic judo events in Tokyo in 1964. Since then, other martial arts, such as karate, kendo, aikido or kyûdô (archery) have been widely represented.
Symbolic emblem of more than 14,000 seats, the Nippon Budokan is built in the heart of Tokyo between the Imperial Palace and the Yasukuni Temple in Kitanomaru Park. Its octagonal shape, characteristic of many Japanese temples, is a nod to Buddhism. Its cone-shaped roof is for some an allusion to Mount Fuji, symbol of the shinto.
The building also hosts many cultural events and official ceremonies. Since the Beatles' concert in 1966, the arena has become a legendary stage for the greatest names in rock'n’roll such as Bob Dylan, Sinatra, Diana Ross...
After 56 years, from July 25th to August 1st, 2020, Nippon Budokan will host the Olympic judo competitions for the second time, followed by the karate competitions from August 6th to 8th, 2020.
HERITAGE ZONE – CHIYODA DISTRICT
ADDRESS: 2-3 Kianomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
ACCESS: 5-min walk from Kudanshita metro station. Tozai Line (T07), Hanzomon Line (Z06), or Shinjuku Line (S05).
A FEW STEPS FROM THE NIPPON BUDOKAN, HISTORICAL MONUMENTS AND CONTEMPORARY SKYSCRAPERS. FROM THE PEACEFUL IMPERIAL PALACE TO THE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT OF MARUNOUCHI. WALK IN THE HEART OF TOKYO....
In the heart of Tokyo, a few minutes walk from Nippon Budokan is the Imperial Palace: Kôkyo, the Emperor's residence surrounded by several huge and mostly inaccessible parks. The Imperial Palace, formerly Edo Castle, is still surrounded by its original moat. Superb gates and old guard towers punctuate the enclosure at regular intervals. The Eastern Garden (Higashi Gyoen) houses the remains of the former Edo Castle from where you can see the Imperial Palace. You will appreciate the emblematic Chidorigafuchi alley along the moat of the palace, lined with hundreds of cherry trees. This is the most popular place to see them in bloom during springtime. A little further on, next to the National Museum of Modern Art and the Science Museum is the Kitanomaru Park. A long path runs through the garden and the Yasukuni sanctuary.
At the end of the park, a real leap in time will take you to the Marunoushi shopping district. Luxurious, gleaming hotels and buildings stand in the midst of countless shops, shopping malls, restaurants and stalls. An ideal area to shop, stroll, stun and discover one of the thousand facets of Tokyo...
Meeting with Claire, Franco-Japanese, expert on Japan for Eventeam. Beyond her job, a passion for the destination.
What are your origins, Claire?
I am of Japanese origin by my mother, Franco-Portuguese by my father. I grew up in France, but I am very attached to Japan where I have been going since I was a child to visit my family.
What would be your recommendations for a first trip in Japan?
Without hesitation, a visit to Tokyo and Kyoto to discover two completely different facets of Japan, with a visit to Mount Fuji.
I really like Kyoto. The former imperial capital is full of temples and gardens, a real change of scenery. If the length of the stay allows it, Miyajima is a superb place to discover near Hiroshima. A sacred island, home to the Itsukushima sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The arrival by ferry with a view of the floating Torii (almost 16m high) is magical. If you are lucky, you can attend dance performances, the Bugaku, or see brides and grooms in traditional clothes.
What is your favourite Tokyo district?
It's not really a district but I really like Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine that is located near Yoyogi. A very quiet and relaxing place in the heart of Tokyo.
I also like to walk in the quiet part of Harajuku/Omotesando towards Minami Aoyama with its small alleys, cafés and daring architectural buildings. There is also Shimokitazawa, 5 minutes from Shibuya by train, a young district full of second-hand clothing stores and record shops.
A must-have specialty?
Impossible to choose a single specialty! There are so many things to taste. If you stay in a traditional Japanese backpacker (Ryokan), I advise you to taste Kaiseki Ryori, which consists of a multitude of small dishes. For pastries, Dorayaki or Daifuku (made with red bean paste), served with green tea. A real delight.
A getaway out of Tokyo?
For a day trip, Kamakura and its Daibutsu (Great Buddha), accessible in 1 hour by train, are worth a visit. Mount Fuji is also a great getaway from Tokyo. Ideally, stay in a Ryokan and enjoy the Onsense (natural thermal springs), a must in Japan.
A 2016 gold medalist at the Rio Olympic Games in the RS:X category (windsurfing), Charline Picon is the new Eventeam agency's ambassador for the performance pact.
This pact allows athletes to best prepare for the Tokyo Games in 2020.