Shiokaze Park (Photo: Elena Lisina)

The 2020 Olympic Games: Shiokaze Park

The venue for beach volleyball

Shiokaze Park (Photo: Elena Lisina)
Elena Lisina   - 3 min read

At the 2020 Olympic Games the ever popular Odaida and Shiokaze Park will host the ever popular beach volleyball tournament. The temporary venue has a capacity of 12,000 spectators.

Played on a high-netted sandy area, beach volleyball developed as an independent sport from classic volleyball. The most common and official status is the 2x2 format of the game and has been part of the Olympic program since the 1996 Games in Atlanta, USA.

Beach volleyball, in addition to the traditional jumping ability of volleyball players, good reaction, strength, and ball sense requires greater endurance courtesy of the sandy surface. Athletes are required to make jumps and jerks more often, matches can take place on very hot days with bright sun, or with rain and strong wind, and it is common for one team to compete in several games a day.

Shiokaze Park is located in the corner of Odaiba Island and, while seemingly modest, features great views of the beautiful Rainbow Bridge at sunset. While Odaiba can easily be explored on foot, an amphibious bus tour known as Tokyo no Kaba is also available. Travelling on both land and water, this tour bus lasts 45 minutes as it travels the modern buildings of Odaiba and then by water under the Rainbow Bridge towards Tokyo Bay.

Odaiba water front
Odaiba water front

Nearby is the Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall featuring media entertainment Mediage with Sony's Science Museum and showroom, restaurants on the 5th and 6th floors and a roof top Shinto shrine. Other places of interest, such as the Gundam Statue, shopping mall Diver City and Toyota Mega Web are also within walking distance. For those interested in relaxation, the Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari is a throwback to the days of Edo with its atmospheric interior. For those visiting an onsen for the first time, here are some simple rules of etiquette and advice.

Getting there

Shiokaze Park is a 5-minute walk from either Daiba or Fune-no-kagakukan Stations on the Yurikamome Line or a 10-minute walk from either Tokyo Teleport Station on the Tokyo Rinkai Line or Odaiba Seaside Park on the Tokyo Mizube Cruising Line.

Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I am interested in Japanese art, crafts, history and Shinto religion. Photography is my hobby, and there are many amazing places to capture in Japan.