Schedule of the Olympic
“Hope Lights Our Way” from Fukushima for 121 Days Journey
The Relay will travel to all 47 prefectures in Japan, showcasing the varied cultural and scenic attractions of each region.
The Relay will commence on 26 March 2020 in Fukushima Prefecture, and start its journey southwards. The torch is likely to traverse the inland prefectures of central Japan against the backdrop of Japan's famous cherry blossoms, which typically bloom there in early April.
The Relay will then proceed southwest until it reaches the islands of Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, in early May. It will make its way back up to the north of the country, passing through Kyoto in late May, all the way up to Hokkaido, where it will arrive in mid-June. The Relay will then turn southwards again and complete its long journey in Tokyo after spending three days in each of the four prefectures outside of the capital that are hosting events during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The torch will traverse Japan for a total of 121 days. In addition to building excitement across the country ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games and promoting the Olympic values, the Torch Relay is aimed at showcasing solidarity with the regions still recovering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami under its slogan “Hope Lights Our Way.”
The precise route of the Relay will be firmed up during the coming months and announced in 2019, following approval by the IOC.
Schedule of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay
- 19 March
- Handover Ceremony in Athens, Greece
- 20 March
- The flame will arrive from Greece at Matsushima Airbase in Miyagi prefecture. It will be displayed at Ishinomaki Minamihama Tsunami Recovery Memorial Park, Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture
- 21 March
- Sendai Station East Exit, Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture
- 22 March
- Sanriku Railway and the SL Ginga Steam Locomotive Express (between Miyako, Kamaishi and Hanamaki stations, Iwate prefecture)
- 23 March
- Kyassen Ofunato retail and entertainment complex, Ofunato city, Iwate prefecture
- 24 March
- Fukushima Station East Exit, Fukushima city, Fukushima prefecture
- 25 March
- Aquamarine Park, Iwaki city, Fukushima prefecture
- 26 March
- Japanese leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay starts from J-Village, located in the town of Naraha and Hirono, Fukushima prefecture
The Lighting Ceremony / The Handover Ceremony
The traditional ceremony to kindle the Olympic flame is conducted at the Temple of Hera, in Olympia, Greece, site of the ancient Olympics, Eleven women, representing the Vestal Virgins, dressed in ancient robes perform a celebration whereby the Olympic Torch is kindled by the light of the Sun, its rays concentrated by a parabolic mirror. The Torch is handed to the first torchbearer, and after a relay around Greece, a ceremony is held to transfer the Torch to the host city of the next Games.
The Torch Transfer Ceremony is held in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, and entails a member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee passing over the Torch to a representative of the next host city. A number of events celebrating the cultures of both Greece and the next host city are then held, which are open to the public.
Flame Arrival Ceremony
After leaving Greece, the Olympic flame will arrive at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base, Miyagi Prefecture on 20 March 2020.
* Details of the ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame will be posted on this website as soon as they are available.
The Special display of the “Flame of Recovery” and Grand Start
The 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.
The order of the prefecture for Tokyo 2020 OTR
The Torch Relay will begin on 26 March 2020 at the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima Prefecture, and will tour all 47 prefectures of Japan.
* Details of the ceremony will be posted on this website as soon as they are available.
*Number of days in each prefecture
Three days in each of the three prefectures most affected by the Great East Japan Earth quake
(Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi)
Three days in each of the four prefectures hosting multiple competitions during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama and Shizuoka)
15 days in the Tokyo Metropolitan area
Two days in each of the other 39 prefectures of Japan