Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo is a museum in the Japan Sport Olympic Square, which has statues of important figures belonging to the Olympic movement and Olympic flame cauldrons from the past Olympics in Japan.
Japan Olympic Museum opened in September 2019 based on the concept of “Everybody’s Olympic Museum.”
The Japan Olympic Museum is divided into three main sections: 1F WELCOME AREA (free admission), 2F EXHIBITION AREA (entrance fee 500 yen), and MONUMENT AREA. To access the 2nd floor, advance reservations are required to be made online. Click here for reservations.
Due to the pandemic, flow of people is restricted and this is the queue of people waiting to take photos with the Olympic symbol in the MONUMENT AREA.
The WELCOME AREA is free for all, and this is where you can buy souvenirs.
1F WELCOME AREA
On this floor, you can see video footage of important Olympic moments on a large screen WELCOME VISION. You can watch athletes talk about their experiences as well as see photos from previous years.
The WELCOME WALL features the five Olympic rings designed in a variety of ways. On looking closer, you can see that each ring is designed differently.
This is the work of elementary and middle school students from Hokkaido and Tokyo created based on the idea of creating an “omotenashi” (idea of excellent hospitality) exhibit for the Japan Olympic Museum.
The wood used to make these rings was derived from the legacy trees planted during the 1964 Olympics. Participants from each country brought seeds as gifts to Japan in 1964. Isn’t it wonderful to recreate this amazing wall using that wood?
Pierre de Coubertin created the Olympic rings to symbolise the spirit of the Olympic Games and represent the “unity of the world.”
Isn’t each design unique? Kudos to the kids for coming up with such inspirational work to welcome guests from all over the world.
This is the MUSEUM SHOP where you can buy souvenirs from the 2020 Olympic Games.
The uniforms are quite cool.
You can buy a range of souvenirs including towels, stationery, water bottles, figurines, brooches and more.
The space is designed beautifully with a Japanese aesthetic, even the ceiling has a light displaying the Olympic rings.
You can also see the Olympic Relay Torch of the Tokyo Olympic 2020 up close.
Designed based on the cherry blossom, its elegance and sophistication makes it hard to believe that recycled materials were used in its creation.
And there’s also the pink torch for the Paralympics.
It’s so beautiful that you will not want to keep gazing at it.
One area features Olympic posters with images and photographs depicting the Olympics.
There are posters of works by famous cartoonists as well.
The display would get anyone excited about the Olympics.
There is also a display of the original drawings for each poster including a short biography of the artist.
These are drawings by children from elementary and middle school to welcome tourists to Japan during the Olympics.
2F EXHIBITION AREA
The entrance fee for the Exhibition Area is as follows: General public: 500 yen (Group of 20 or more, 400 yen each); Seniors 65 years and over: 400 yen (ID card required); Children and high school students: free.
When going up to the second floor, you will find a statue of Pierre de Coubertin, which was donated by the Pierre de Coubertin International Committee.
Upon entering the EXHIBITION AREA, you will find an INTRODUCTION that tells the history of the Olympics, how it started and became the most important sporting event.
You can find out the relationship between the Olympics and the world from multiple angles as well as see Relay Torches from previous Olympics.
A section dedicated to Ancient Greece and its significance.
Of particular magnificence is the display of relay torches from over the years.
You can clearly see the change in design and progression of each torch.
The world’s first Olympic flame carried in Berlin in 1936.
Each relay torch has a description and you can admire their beauty even more.
Many of the interactive displays are inactivated due to the pandemic. It’s unfortunate but you can still enjoy the displays.
A history of the timeline of the past Olympics and their respective IOC leaders.
A image of the how the Olympic Torch arrived in Tokyo in 1964 from the other side of the world.
It was the first time that the relay was held not only in Japan but all of Asia.
Olympic medals of each year that Japan hosted the Olympics: Tokyo 1964, Sapporo 1972, Nagano 1998.
There is also a TRY zone where everyone can play the Olympic Games. With motion sensors, you can experience the physical movements of various sports and try to match the physical abilities of Olympians.
A photograph of the five rings by Katsuhiko Hibino. The words accompanying this piece are:
yet in harmony with the others.
in their diversity.
Powerful in their individuality.
Stronger in harmony.
A prayer for the world.
Now, and forever.
Olympic logos from the first one held in 1936 till 2020.
The Olympics were inaugurated on July 23, 2021, amid Tokyo’s pandemic and state of emergency. It is also the world’s first no-spectator Olympic event. Despite all the obstacles, Japan seems to have prepared well for this massive event. Hopefully the Olympics are a success and a joy for fans to watch from the comfort of their homes.
Japan Olympic Museum
4-2 Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo 160-0013
1st and 2nd floors, Japan Sport Olympic Square
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:00)
Closed on Monday (If Monday is a public holiday, it will be open on Monday and closed on Tuesday instead)
Admission: 500 yen (Reservation required)
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