Come be part of
the Olympic Torch Relay!

The flame, which was originally lit in Greece, is the symbol of the Olympic Games and those in Japan will have the chance to see it. The Olympic Torch will begin its journey around the country in Miyagi before making its way through all the prefectures and finally arriving at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo for the Opening Ceremony where the cauldron will be lit. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay is for anyone and everyone and we will outline just how you can easily become part of the journey.

Check the Olympic Torch Relay route

The Olympic Torch Relay will visit all 47 prefectures. Check the route below to see where the relay will pass through and follow the flame during its 121-day journey across Japan.

* Notes
Traffic control may be enforced on the torch relay route and on nearby roads. We apologize for the inconvenience and would appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
For those who plan to come watch the torch relay, we recommend that you use public transportation.

Post a photo and get people excited!

Make sure to post your photos of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay and share the excitement on social media. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners will give prizes to those who post the best photos.

The fun begins before the arrival of the torch!

Activation by Presenting Partners during the Olympic Torch Relay

When the Olympic Torch Relay kicks off, not only will the Olympic flame make its way across Japan but also torchbearers and escort vehicles. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners’ cars will lead the way, accompanied by their convoy. They will distribute goods and samples and there will also be special performances to entertain the spectators along the route.

Scenes from past Games

Olympic Torch Relay escort vehicles

The Olympic Torch Relay escort vehicles will let the spectators along the route know that the torch relay has arrived and build the excitement to welcome the torchbearers and the torch. At the same, the escort vehicles also support the torch relay by ensuring a safe and smooth operation.

The escort vehicles are provided by Toyota Motor Corporation, a Presenting Partner and the mobility partner of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The fleet includes various types of models, including hybrid vehicles that are environmentally friendly. Together with the torchbearers and the spectators, the escort vehicles play an important role in creating a celebratory environment during the torch relay.

These are only an image of the fleet and may differ from the actual vehicles.

The Olympic Torch Relay is coming!

The torchbearer will pass carrying the Olympic flame; each torchbearer will give the torch to the next torchbearer at the kissing point where they pose as they pass on the flame. What pose will the torchbearers in your city do?

Torch Kiss Pose

Tokyo 2020 has created three kinds of poses that express the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay concept, “Hope Lights Our Way”.
Take a look and find out which one is your favourite!

Come celebrate together!

When the torch arrives at the last destination of the day, a celebration will take place to honour the arrival. The prefectural committee together with the Presenting Partners will organise a ceremony that will feature a locally inspired programme. There will be booths set up by Tokyo 2020, the prefectural committee and the Presenting Partners. The last torchbearer of the day will enter the venue with the torch before lighting the cauldron. After celebrations, the flame will be transferred by vehicle to the next local municipality where the relay will continue.

*There will be no torch handover at the prefectural border as this was done during the Tokyo 1964 Games.

Image from the London 2012 Games

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay – daily schedule

It is anticipated that the number of torchbearers per day will be between 80 and 90 (depending on the route) with each torchbearer set to run a distance of approximately 200m.

While each torchbearer will run alone, certain legs will feature a group of runners. The route has been designed to ensure that large numbers of people across Japan will be able to line the roadsides to cheer on the torchbearers and create a festive like atmosphere.

Transfer by vehicle

Once the relay has been completed at a local municipality, the flame will be transferred by vehicle to the next local municipality. While being transported, the flame will be placed in a lantern. After arriving at the next local municipality, the relay will resume.

* It is anticipated that the flame will not be on public display during transportation.

Relays in remote locations

When the flame is originally kindled in Greece, both a ‘parent’ flame and ‘child’ flame were created.
Generally, only the ‘parent’ flame is used; however, when the relay is taking place in remote locations, the flame will be placed in a lantern during transportation and the ‘child’ flame is used. The ‘parent’ flame and the ‘child’ flame are never used simultaneously; only one is used during each leg of the relay.