Tokyo 2020 unveils Village Plaza 

Made of wood from 63 municipalities, front door to Athletes' Village shown to media

By Shintaro Kano ·

Village Plaza was unveiled to the media on Wednesday (29 January), the gateway to the Athletes' Village of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Village Plaza will offer a wide range of services to athletes, team officials, guests and the media during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Look at this impressive structure

It is located in Tokyo's waterfront district and will include everything from a cafe to a bank to a medical station to a hair salon. Team welcome ceremonies will also be held at the Plaza.

In line with the natural feel of the National Stadium, the 5,300 square metre Plaza is made of wood, from timber donated by 63 municipalities in Japan.

The 40,000 pieces of wood are branded with the name of the municipality that donated them.

Representing all municipalities
40,000 pieces of wood

After the Games, the Plaza will be taken down and the wood will return to the donors, who will recycle for use to build local facilities.

The framework of the Village was completed on 2 November. Finishing touches to the facility will continue until April.

The Athletes' Village will open on 14 July, 10 days before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

The home of the athletes during Tokyo 2020