About the Tokyo 2020
Torch Relay

About the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay begins with the kindling of the Olympic flame by the rays of the sun in Olympia, Greece, and is followed by a relay around Greece. The Olympic flame is then transported to the host country where a Torch Relay is conducted until the Opening Ceremony of the Games.
The Olympic flame is a globally-recognised symbol of the Olympics, and the parading of the flame represents the Olympic ideals of peace, unity and friendship. Through the Torch Relay the Olympic values are disseminated across the entire host country, and the relay serves to raise interest in and expectations for the Games.
Actually, there was no Olympic flame at the modern Olympics until the Amsterdam 1928 Games, when a cauldron was erected outside the main stadium. A proposal was made to continue this practice, which has continued until the present day.
The lighting of the Olympic flame is held several months before the beginning of the Olympics at the sacred site of ancient Olympia, near the temple of Hera. Hundreds of people then take their turn to carry the torch a short distance until it reaches the main site of the Games on the day of the Opening Ceremony. The final runners carry the torch into the stadium and the Olympic cauldron is then lit. The cauldron stays alight until the conclusion of the Games.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Concept

Hope Lights Our Way

The concept for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay across Japan will be "Hope Lights Our Way", uniting the Japanese people around messages of supporting, accepting and encouraging one another.
The Olympic flame is often associated with a message of peace and hope, as it is carried around the host nation, and as such has become one of the most powerful symbols of the Olympic Movement. In 2020, the Olympic flame will not only symbolise the sunrise of a new era spreading the hope that will light our way, but will also serve to spread the joy and passion of the Japanese around the Olympic movement as the Games approach.
Upon its arrival in Japan, the Olympic flame will initially be put on display at various locations in the Tohoku region, to help underscore this message of hope in the areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Schedule of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Relay will travel to all 47 prefectures in Japan, showcasing the varied cultural and scenic attractions of each region.

Overview of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Route

The Olympic flame will serve as a symbol of the Olympic Games and will traverse the length and breadth of Japan for a period of 121 days.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay – daily schedule

Each day, the Olympic torch will visit various locations around the prefecture.
Here is an introduction to what happens on the day of the torch relay.

Special display of the “Flame of Recovery”

In accordance with the importance being placed on the Tokyo 2020 Games as the 'Reconstruction Games' and in line with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay concept 'Hope Lights Our Way', the torch relay will also serve as the 'Flame of Recovery' for the areas worst affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. To enable the people from the disaster-affected areas who have worked so hard in the reconstruction and recovery of their local communities to view the Olympic flame after it arrives from Greece, a Special display of the “Flame of Recovery” will be held in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures on 20–25 March 2020, with the display taking place for two days in each prefecture.

Olympic Torch Relay of Games in the past