Ariake Arena


Tokyo is Japan's largest city and the country's capital, situated on the southeastern side of Japan's main island, Honshu, northwest of Tokyo Bay.

It became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in 1868 to the village of Edo which was renamed Tokyo, translating to 'Eastern Capital'.

The population of Greater Tokyo nears 40 million, with the Metropolis itself at 14 million, making it the largest urban area in the world.

Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games at the International Olympic Committee's 125th Session in Buenos Aires in 2013, the Japanese city's bid beating the other two candidates of Istanbul and Madrid.

It is the second time that Tokyo gets to host the Olympic Games, after 1964 when volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Program for the first time.

Ariake Arena

The volleyball competition of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be held at the newly-built on land reclaimed from the sea, 15,000-capacity Ariake Arena.

It is situated in the northern part of Tokyo's Ariake district, in the Tokyo Bay Zone of Olympic venues, close to the Olympic Villagae. The Ariake area that will also host cycling, gymnastics and tennis at Tokyo 2020.

The Ariake Arena will also host the 2020 Paralympic wheelchair basketball competition, before being converted to a general sporting and cultural venue.