Tokyo's excitement during the years leading up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was palpable. The city revelled in the opportunity to reinvent itself and numerous large-scale projects were set in motion to wow those who visited Japan’s capital at the start of a new decade.
It goes without saying that last year’s setbacks were a tremendous letdown for everyone anticipating the quadriennal event. But the postponement and downsizing of the Tokyo Olympic Games doesn’t invalidate the awe-inspiring growth the city has achieved in recent years, nor does it cast a shadow over the spirit and history of the Games and its athletes.
While the bulk of the sporting events will now take place without spectators, the transformational impact of the Tokyo Olympic Games can still be felt, even long after the end of the closing ceremony. Here are five places in Tokyo where you can experience the true spirit of the Olympic Games anytime, including monuments dedicated to the city's historical 1964 Summer Olympics.
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