Sea Forest Waterway
Venue Capacity: 12,800
Year Constructed: 2019
The Sea Forest Waterway, located in the Tokyo Bay Zone cluster of Japan, will host canoe sprint and rowing events during the 2020 Olympics. The venue officially opened on June 16, 2019, after its construction by the Japanese Metropolitan Government as a permanent center for water sports. After the Olympics, around 30 competitions will be held at the site annually with about 350,000 visitors expected. However, the venue is likely to have a yearly deficit of about $1.5 million after the Olympics because of the facility's high construction cost in proportion to the lack of usage following the Games.
The West and East Dams separate the canoe sprint course from the Tokyo Bay at each end of the course. The waterfront venue is protected from the effect of waves, currents, and tides by wave absorbers and the West and East Dams. Pumping systems will also be used to prevent the title level from affecting competition. The site also offers views of the Tokyo Bay as well as the Tokyo Gate Bridge to athletes and spectators.
The venue includes start facilities, a timing hut, a boathouse, grandstands, and a finishing tower, which boats will go through at the conclusion of each race.
Kasai Canoe Slalom Center
The Kasai Canoe Slalom Center will be home to six days of canoe slalom events during the Tokyo Olympic Games. It is the first man-made slalom course in Japan. Previously, all courses were natural and positioned in mountainous regions, which ultimately restricted a large fan base from attending the races. The course is approximately 200 meters long with a warm-up pool and a finishing pool. The venue will remain after the Olympics and it will be used for a wide range of water sports and leisure activities. According to the Japanese venue manager Kazufumi Kuwabara, the Kasai Canoe Slalom Center will "help with the development of canoeing in Japan and it brings it closer to the public."