The city of Tokyo is totally buzzing for the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. With the Olympic Games being on the horizon, the “Japan Olympic Museum" was opened! (open since September 2019)
If you are in the heart of Tokyo and want to learn more about the Olympic Games, the museum’s relaxed atmosphere and small but up-to-date interactive exhibition area will help you do just that.
About the Japan Olympic Museum
About the Japan Olympic Museum
The Japan Olympic Museum, operated by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), was created as a base for the Japanese Olympic Movement. It consists of three areas: a free area on the first floor, a pay area on the second floor, and a monument area outside.
2F EXHIBITION AREA
Entry to the Exhibition Area on the second floor will only set you back a mere 500 yen per person (and it’s free for high school students and those younger!). This area showcases moments in history when the Olympic Games made history. With interactive displays and exhibits, you will gain a deeper understanding of the word "Olympism" (AKA Olympic philosophy).
First stop on the exhibition’s path is a historical look of Olympic Games from the past. The exhibition details the origins of the Games, provides information about Olympic locations and events from days gone by.
It also includes a range of displays including all the Olympic torches used up till now, display of participating countries and territories and pin badges of National Olympic Committees and International Sports Federations.
Becoming familiar with the history of the Olympic Games (going way back to 1896) is an experience that is both interesting and enriching.
Language shouldn’t be an issue since the displays give you the choice between Japanese and English. The display panels also come with QR codes so you can listen to the explanations in French, Chinese, and Korean.
There are also many visual and touch-based displays which allow for a greater interactive experience.
A distinctive feature of the exhibition is an area dedicated to Japan’s own history with the Olympic Games. There are various exhibits showing items used in past Olympic Games in Japan, and all athletes who were part of the Japanese delegation are given tribute by listing their names on a dedicated wall.
In addition, you will also learn about the never-held Olympic Games Tokyo 1940, which were cancelled due to the deterioration of the international situation at the time due to the prolonged Sino-Japanese war; it was supposed to be the first Olympic Games held in Asia, but it’s non-eventuation and more so the reasons behind it is a sad moment from a troubled time in history.
Moving beyond the seriousness of the history we just learned about, we now enter the interactive area of the exhibition where the fun really begins! We’ll be taking on the Olympic athletes!
With the aid of motion capture footage technology, you’ll be able to compare your own abilities to the amazing physical capabilities of some of the world’s premiere Olympic champions.
Can you even come close to a high-flying Lebron? Can you reach over 3 meters with that winning volleyball touch? Give it your best shot!
It’s a great area to spend time competing against virtual athletes and your friends. However, please keep the spirit of the Olympic Games in mind and be aware of the other people around you by allowing everyone a fair chance to enjoy the displays.
If you want a break, you can have a sit down and watch videos about the Olympic Games in the exhibition’s theater area.
The second floor’s exhibition area is designed so that one can truly understand what the Olympic Games is supposed to be all about. Hopefully you’ll walk away from the exhibition with a deeper appreciation for the time, effort, and soul that goes into the games.
1F Welcome Area and Monument Area
The ceilings of the Welcome Area on the first floor are made from materials sourced from Hokkaido's Engaru Town; grown from tree seeds brought by participating teams in the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964.
It's a warm and comfortable space where they often hold special exhibitions that showcase various aspects of the Olympic Games.
At the museum’s shop, you can find and purchase special souvenirs such as commemorative T-shirts and tumblers.
The Japan Olympic Museum is only a short 5-minute walk from Gaienmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. Why not go through the Meiji Jingu Gaien and incorporate the Japan Olympic Museum into your walking itinerary for the day?