Asaka Shooting Range At The 2020 Summer Olympics In Tokyo

While it tends not to get much national or international coverage for political reasons, shooting is actually an Olympic sport, and it’s been part of the Summer Olympics since 1896, except for in 1904 and 1928. Interestingly, in 1900 (Paris), live pigeons were actually used as the competition’s moving targets! Of course, that won’t be the case at the Asaka Shooting Range in Nerima-ku, Tokyo, where the 2020 Summer Olympics will host the many shooting events that are lined up.

The Asaka Shooting Range was actually the site of the shooting events at the 1964 Summer Games as well, though this time around, the venue will house a temporary facility that is being purpose-built for the Olympics. The venue is on the grounds of Camp Asaka, which is a base of operations for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and is the headquarters of the Eastern Army. (Before that, from 1930-1940, the Asaka Shooting Range grounds housed a golf course.) Despite its military provenance, the site of the Asaka Shooting Range is extremely picturesque, and fans visiting the venue for the competition will have plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.

Asaka Shooting Range Events

There is a slew of shooting events scheduled for the Asaka Shooting Range in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Interestingly, shooting is both a standalone Olympic sport and a part of the modern pentathlon. The modern pentathlon shooting component, while held at the Asaka range in 1964, will be held elsewhere during the 2020 Summer Games. The events currently scheduled to take place at the Asaka Shooting Range are listed below, and they’ll be held from July 25 through August 3.

  • 10m Air Pistol Men
  • 10m Air Rifle Men
  • 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men
  • 50m Pistol Men
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men
  • 50m Rifle Prone Men
  • Double Trap Men
  • Skeet Men
  • Trap Men
  • 10m Air Pistol Women
  • 10m Air Rifle Women
  • 25m Pistol Women
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women
  • Skeet Women
  • Trap Women

Things To Do Near The Asaka Shooting Range

Unfortunately, spectators interested in shooting guns themselves will not be able to do so. However, there are plenty of shooting ranges in Tokyo that you can visit, including TARGET-1, the Shooting Café & Bar (Akiba Base), and more. Of course, shooting isn’t the only thing to do in Nerima, with scores of museums, cultural hotspots, shopping centers, and restaurants to check out.

If you’re going to be near the Asaka Shooting Range long enough to break away from the Games and step out on the town, a few can’t-miss places include the Samurai Museum, the Chihiro Art Museum, the Nerima Art Museum, the Araisan Baisho-in Temple, Kishimojindo, the Hanazono Shrine, and many more. The 2020 Summer Olympics will obviously occupy most of your time in Tokyo, but if you can find the time to visit any of these venues, you’ll be glad you did!

Weather For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics knows the weather will likely be a relevant factor in the shooting events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After all, ranges are usually hot when in use! That said, many of the disciplines will take place indoors, though some events require the great outdoors (like skeet and trap shooting, for example). Because the Asaka Shooting Range’s facilities are still under construction, the layout is not clear as yet.

Nevertheless, good weather is a must, and given summertime in Tokyo, you should expect exactly that, with light rains and sunshine most days, in addition to daily highs topping out at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. There is no reason to expect bad weather or to expect that the shooting competitions at the Asaka Shooting Range will be subject to unusual weather-related delays. Jeans and a t-shirt, and you should be good to go. Just remember to bring your ears, because rain or shine, the shooting range is going to be loud!

Transportation To The Asaka Shooting Range

If you’re going to take in some shooting at the Asaka Shooting Range, you’ll need to actually get to the range. Fortunately, Japan is known for its efficient and amazing public transportation system, which is highly regarded as the best in the world. If you opt to travel by bus or train to the venue, you should be able to do so conveniently and quickly, no matter where in greater Tokyo you’re actually staying for the Games. However, it is not recommended that your travel by car during the Summer Olympics, as the traffic is going to be overwhelming. There’s going to be a whole lot to see during the festivities, so rapid transport is key to maximization. The official address of the Asaka Shooting Range is 9-4, Oizumigakuencho, Nerima-ku, Tokyo.

Traveling By Car

Traveling by car to the Asaka Shooting Range is not recommended. However, since the Asaka Shooting Range is going to require a 15-30 minute walk after you get off at the nearest public transportation depot, you might want to consider hiring a taxi for that leg of the journey.

Traveling By Bus

There are two ways to get to the Asaka Shooting Range via bus. If you take a Seibu bus (33 or 37), you’ll get on at the Oizumi Gakuen Kitaguchi station, depart at the Nagakubo station, and take a short 5-minute walk to the shooting venue. If you take Seibu bus 32, you’ll get on at the Asaka Eki Minamiguchi station, get off at the Niiza Sogo Gijutsu Koko station, and walk 15 minutes to the destination.

Traveling By Railway

If you opt to travel by train, the end of your trip nearest to the Asaka Shooting Range will require a 30-minute walk. That’s not a difficult journey by any means, but you’ll want to plan accordingly. By train, you’ll ride the Subway Yurakucho Line (Y01) or the Subway Fukutoshin Line (F01), departing at Wakoshi Station on the Tobu-Tojo Line.

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