Olympic Torch Relay
– daily schedule

The Olympic flame serves as a symbol of the values of the Olympic Games, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will be held in various locations across all 47 prefectures of Japan to raise excitement and momentum throughout Japan in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
This page introduces the typical daily schedule of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.

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 for each particular day). Each torchbearer will run a distance of approx. 200 metres (approx. two minutes per torchbearer).
Each torchbearer will in principle run alone. Certain legs of the torch relay route will feature group runners. Several initiatives will be conducted to ensure that as many people as possible will line the routes, cheer on the torchbearers and create a vibrant atmosphere for the relay.

Image from the London2012 Games
Image from the London2012 Games

The relay run will consist of the torchbearers and a Torch Relay Convoy made up of over a dozen vehicles. The Torch Relay Convoy will distribute merchandise from the four Torch Relay Presenting Partners and create a festive-like atmosphere along the relay route.
A departure ceremony may be held at the local municipality from which the relay departs in the morning, and a celebration may be held at the local municipality at which the flame arrives to complete the daily schedule.

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 at which the relay is to be held.
When being transported by vehicle, the flame will be placed in an exclusive lantern. After arriving at the next local municipality, the flame will be re-lit, and the relay will begin.

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

Image from the London2012 Games

Relays in remote locations

When the flame is originally kindled in Greece, both a ‘parent’ flame and ‘child’ flame are created.
Generally, only the ‘parent’ flame is used; however, when the relay is taking place in remote locations, the flame is 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.

Image from the PyeongChang 2018 Games

Celebrations

A celebration to mark the arrival of the flame at the end of each day will be held at the local municipality at which the flame arrives. In addition to various stage programmes and displays at Presenting Partner exhibition booths, the final torchbearer of the day will appear at the celebration site and an arrival ceremony will also be held.

Following the completion of the relay for each day, the flame is placed in a lantern, and is transported by vehicle to the departure point for the relay on the following day.

* Handing off the flame at prefectural borders, which was conducted during the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Torch Relay, will not be held in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.

Image from the London2012 Games