Out of the 43 Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 venues, 14 are located around the Tokyo Bay area. However, the story about the Tokyo Bay area is just the beginning. Future Tokyo: Tokyo’s Long-Term Strategy will tackle challenges facing the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in an integrated manner from the economical, societal, and environmental perspectives; all of which are the three dimensions of sustainable development. One of its key projects, the Tokyo Bay eSG Project, shall function as a model for sustainable cities in the Tokyo Bay area. Not to mention, the said endeavor will set sights on urban development for the next 50 to 100 years to come. The bayside Ariake Urban Sports Park is the example of this. It’s a temporary facility where the BMX and skateboarding portions of Tokyo2020 will take place – all in the same year. Then again, in 2022, the area will be reborn as the New Ariake Marine Park (temporary name), with a planned expansion in 2023 which will see it transformed into a memorial park.
But that doesn’t mean that Tokyo’s waterfront doesn’t offer anything exciting now. It’s probably of the capital’s busiest areas full of world-class hotels that are very accessible from the Haneda Airport. In Odaiba, many amusement parks are of favorites among families, and, its planned redevelopment should make it a sight more fascinating in the near future. On the other hand, you should head on down to the Harumi Canal, which in recent years has become quite the craze as a Tokyo nightscape-viewing spot. Even though the scene may be studded in glitz and glamour, the cozy atmosphere makes it a trip to covet for. Toyosu's cityscape shines brightly among its waters, the Harumi Bridge and passing boats greet onlooking pedestrians, and remnants of old Showa and markers of the modern ward leave one fluttery with a pleasant day. You may even chance upon seeing a yakatabune (traditional houseboat) if you’re lucky!
Or, if you’re a fan of history, there are many places around the bay where you can feel the spirit of Japan of yesteryear. You’ll find a lot of Tokyo’s surviving traditional architecture in Tsukudajima, which isn’t too far from Tsukishima Monja Street, the best place to get monjayaki: Japan’s savory runny pancakes. For a relaxing encounter with nature, visit the Kyu-Shiba-rikyu and Hama-rikyu gardens, which used to belong to powerful feudal lords. If you find the time, be sure to also visit the remains of Odaiba’s cannon fortresses, located in Tokyo Bay behind the giant floating monument of the Olympic rings. Today, the third and sixth of these fortresses still stand proud, with the third currently being designed anew as a park.