[Update, March 24]: The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed and will be held latest by summer 2021. Details will be updated here.
Japan is not afraid to break barriers. As the first Asian nation to host the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, it saw the 1964 Tokyo Games help rebrand the country from a war-ravaged nation to a forward-thinking powerhouse. After hosting the Winter Olympics in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998, the torch has again returned to Japan, making it the only Asian country to host the Summer Games twice.
To accommodate the vast number of visitors expected to attend this momentous event, Tokyo has been hard at work, redeveloping parts of Shibuya, constructing a new Yamanote line station and increasing foreign language signage, among other projects. All the hard work will pay off on July 24 2020, when athletes and officials from 206 nations will appear at the Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium.
If you’re one of the 40 million foreign tourists expected to visit Japan for the Olympics and Paralympics and feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all, don’t fret – we have your back.
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