Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Table tennis is one of the most popular sports in the Olympics. In 2020, the event is going to take place in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The Gymnasium is located within Tokyo itself, making it relatively easy to access. Normally, Olympic stadiums and coliseums will have more than one event held at the at each individual venue. Table tennis fans should rejoice because they will have the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium all to themselves. The Gymnasium opened back in 1954 and it was primarily used for World Wrestling Championship. This isn’t the first Olympic event that this venue has held. In 1964, the Gymnasium was home for the gymnastics events for the Olympics. After that, there are a number of sports being played here. There is a futsal court, a swimming pool, and an athletic track at the venue.
Now the venue will hold the table tennis event for the 2020 Olympics. The venue has a maximum capacity of 10,000 people in the main arena where table tennis will be played. There will be plenty of room for table tennis fans to watch the games being played. There is plenty to do around the arena and it is easily accessible. If you have any questions about the arena itself and events around it, then this guide can hopefully give you an idea on how to completely enjoy your trip to the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium for Tokyo 2020.
What Events Are Played At Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium?
This venue will be home to the table tennis events during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The sport is broken down into five medaling categories, men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s team, and mixed doubles. Table tennis will be played for 13 of the 19 Olympic days, while all five medaling events will occur on separate days. Though it is often a hobby sport where people play recreationally, the International Table Tennis Federation had its hands full since their 1926 inception. Fast forward almost 100 years and the ITTF is one of the largest governing bodies across all of the international sports.
Weather Conditions For Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
First and foremost, table tennis is an indoor event. No matter what the weather is outside of the venue, there will be ample A/C for you to be completely comfortable while you are there. But it is a different situation while you are traveling towards the Gymnasium. June through mid-July is known as the rainy season in Japan. Although rain season would be over, there still might be some scattered showers. If it is not raining, it will be very hot. The temperature can reach up to 95F (35C) on any given day.
No matter what the temperature is, expect it to be sticky and humid. It will probably be even hotter because of all the visitors that are coming for the Olympics. Tokyo has an extremely dense population as is, add tourists for the Olympics and you are going to be struggling for breathing room. If you are heading to the Gymnasium, we definitely recommend you bring a water bottle or two because you are going to be sweltering until you get inside.
Transportation To The Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Thankfully, travel is not something you are going to have to worry about when you are heading to the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Tokyo has several different transportation options for Tokyo 2020..
Traveling By Railway
You have a couple of different stops that you can use while you are traveling by train. You can take the JR Sobu Line and then you will get off on Sendagaya Station. From here, the venue is a one-minute walk from Sendagaya. You can also take the Oedo Line (which is a subway) to come to the Gymnasium as well. You will get off at the Kokuritsu-kyogijo Station and walk from exit A4 to head to the Gymnasium. It will also take you just one minute to get to the table tennis venue.
Traveling By Bus
Buses are also an option for you to take, OlympicBettingOdds.com suggests it might be easier than using trains. You can take the Toei bus (81) from the Shibuyaeki-Higashiguchi at Shibuya Station and get off at the Sendagayaeki-Mae stop. The venue is only a minute walk from there. Or you can ake the Toei bus (77) from Meguroeki-Mae at Meguro Station and get off as the Sendagayaeki-Mae stop as well. We highly recommend using these forms of public transportation to head to the venue. Like we have already said, Tokyo is extremely crowded and taking a taxi or attempting to drive yourself could lead to you being late you not making it at all.
Things To Do In The City
If you are wondering what there is to do in Tokyo, we promise you that there are too many things to list. Tokyo one of the most populated cities in the entire world and the city knows how to show you a good time. There are a large number of clubs that are scattered around the city where you can eat bar food and have a drink. There are cafes all over the city where you can dine with cats or even hedgehogs.
There are historical sites in Tokyo as well, such as the Sensoji Temple that you can visit. Tokyo Tower looks a lot like the Eiffel Tower and you can see it from a number of locations throughout the city. There are a large variety of museums scattered throughout the city as well that you can go to. You can even watch sumo matches in Tokyo. You will be hard pressed to be bored while you are visiting Tokyo for the Olympics.
What Can I Eat In Tokyo?
Once you are done watching the table tennis games in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, you have a wide variety of food options available to you. Just outside of the venue, you can head to Hidakaya, and eat a variety of food. They mainly focus on serving you Ramen in this particular restaurant. You can also get some gyoza, soybeans, french fries, and a variety of different meats as well. You have other options available as well. You have a burger place called Mos Classic. If you want something more familiar, there is a Subway nearby. You can also go to 7 Eleven and pick up a meal there. Although 7 Eleven isn’t known for food in the United States, Japanese 7 Elevens have meals ready so you can pick it up and go. You will almost certainly find food you will like while you are in Tokyo.