There’s nothing like watching the Olympics on TV to give you a major case of wanderlust.
Despite the mostly empty stadiums – spectators were banned – athletes from around the world have still been able to awe us, and with the beautiful scenery of Japan as backdrop.
The good news is that many of the special structures built for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be sticking around long after the events finish, so when borders eventually open up you can go and see where your favorite athletes competed for gold.
The majority of the Olympic and Paralympic events are being held in and around the capital.
A few of the structures built to host them are temporary, such as the Aomi Urban Sports Park where the sport climbing competition took place, the Ariake Gymnastics Centre and the Ariake Urban Sports Park, site of the BMX and skateboarding events.
But part of Tokyo’s pitch to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was that most of the new structures made especially for the Games would remain in use afterward to benefit the people of Japan.
Japan National Stadium
This venue in Tokyo’s famed Shinjuku area is the host of both the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies as well as most track and field events. It replaced an earlier national stadium, which was demolished in 2016.
World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma, who is also an architecture professor at the University of Tokyo, designed the new icon, which was intended to be the centerpiece of the Games.
The stadium can hold 68,000 people and is made of wood brought from 46 of Japan’s 47 prefectures.
There was no shortage of history-making moments in this venue at the Games, including the emotional high jump final in which Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar opted to share the Olympic gold medal.
For great views of the stadium, head for the Shibuya Sky observation deck at the Shibuya Scramble Square building.
Located in southwest Tokyo, this sleek building hosted all of the volleyball matches during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Team USA made history there on Sunday, when the women’s volleyball team beat Brazil for the gold medal on the final day of the Games.
Once the Games are over, the arena will serve as a local community center and as an event venue that can hold upwards of 12,000 people.