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Where to Stay, Eat, and Hang out in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics Games (part 1)

This year marks the beginning of a new decade, but maybe more important, a new Olympic season. Here are the neighborhoods in Tokyo, the capital of the host country Japan, as well as the surrounding prefectures that you will want to stay, eat, and hang out in during the 32nd Olympics Games, which kicks off on July 24.

Gaienmae

What to do: Walk along Icho Namiki Avenue in Gaienmae to see the ginkgo trees. Their leaves completely turn yellow in late November; however, the tree-lined street offers a good Instagram moment at any time of year. You should also visit Aoyama Cemetery, which might sound bleak, but is actually a stunning park, reminiscent of touring Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA or Père Lachaise in Paris. Another favorote place in Gaienmae is Omotesandō, a beautifully designed, upscale shopping district for the avid international shopper.

Olympic happenings: Gaienmae might be the prime neighborhood to stay in for the 2020 Olympics as it is home to the Olympic stadium, which will surely host the opening and closing ceremonies of the event and serve as the general Tokyo epicenter. Across the street from the stadium is the Japan Olympic Museum, which just opened in September last year and chronicles not only Japan’s Olympic history but also hosted the Winter Olympics in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998, and certainly, a Summer Games in Tokyo in 1964. It also highlights Olympic contributions from all over the world. In addition, the museum has a VR experience wherein visitors can surf, swim, or stick their landing like Olympians.

What to eat: You can try La Coccola, a Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant on the second floor of a Gaien Nishi Dori (Street) building. Also worth popping into is Obanzai Hachiya, which closes for the night if they have run out of food on their meticulously curated 10-item menu.

The Best Sporting Events Worth Traveling to in 2020 (Part 2)

2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo

In terms of huge sporting events, there is nothing quite like the Summer Olympics. The next year’s event is known officially as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and is also set to be a spectacular affair.

There are going to be some amazing new events added to the Olympic roster here, including Madison cycling, freestyle BMX, and 3×3 basketball, as well as skateboarding and surfing. The Japan’s authorities are building 11 new venues for the event, with the National Stadium in the capital Tokyo being the main one. Most of the action in the event will be held within a few kilometers of the Olympic village.

You won’t want to miss visiting the capital of Japan without experiencing the other amazing things that this city has to offer, including the panoramic views from the Tokyo Skytree observation deck to the Imperial Palace, where you will discover unique attractions, to the Sensō-ji, the oldest temple in the city.

Champions League Final, Istanbul

The biggest prize of European club soccer will be at stake as two teams compete in the UEFA Champions League final that will be held in Turkey. The setting will be the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, where Liverpool came back from 0-3 to dramatically win the trophy from Milan in 2005.

This stadium has a total 76,761 seated capacity and is located on the western, European side of Istanbul. It was built as part of the country’s bid for the Summer Olympics in 2008 and is renowned for both the size and the intense atmosphere that is generated inside it.

Before or after the game, there is a lot of things to explore in this historic city which straddles Europe and Asia. The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum, and Hagi Sophia are all outstanding. But for many visitors, wandering through the mammoth Grand Bazaar is their lingering memory of Istanbul.