Schedule of the Olympic
Torch Relay

“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.

Lighting Ceremony in Olimpia, Greece
Lighting Ceremony in Olimpia, Greece
Handover Ceremony in Athens, Greece
Handover Ceremony in Athens, Greece

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.

Image from the PyeongChang 2018 Games
Image from the PyeongChang 2018 Games
Image from the PyeongChang 2018 Games
Image from the PyeongChang 2018 Games

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

Grand Start

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.

See the Olympic Torchbearer

Prefectures Schedule Route
1 Fukushima 26-28 Mar. 2020 View route map of Fukushima prefecture
2 Tochigi 29-30 Mar. 2020 View route map of Tochigi prefecture
3 Gunma 31 Mar.-1 Apr. 2020 View route map of Gunma prefecture
4 Nagano 2-3 Apr. 2020 View route map of Nagano prefecture
5 Gifu 4-5 Apr. 2020 View route map of Gifu prefecture
6 Aichi 6-7 Apr. 2020 View route map of Aichi prefecture
7 Mie 8-9 Apr. 2020 View route map of Mie prefecture
8 Wakayama 10-11 Apr. 2020 View route map of Wakayama prefecture
9 Nara 12-13 Apr. 2020 View route map of Nara prefecture
10 Osaka 14-15 Apr. 2020 View route map of Osaka prefecture
11 Tokushima 16-17 Apr. 2020 View route map of Tokushima prefecture
12 Kagawa 18-19 Apr. 2020 View route map of Kagawa prefecture
13 Kochi 20-21 Apr. 2020 View route map of Kochi prefecture
14 Ehime 22-23 Apr. 2020 View route map of Ehime prefecture
15 Oita 24-25 Apr. 2020 View route map of Oita prefecture
16 Miyazaki 26-27 Apr. 2020 View route map of Miyazaki prefecture
17 Kagoshima 28-29 Apr. 2020 View route map of Kagoshima prefecture
18 Okinawa 2-3 May 2020 View route map of Okinawa prefecture
19 Kumamoto 6-7 May 2020 View route map of Kumamoto prefecture
20 Nagasaki 8-9 May 2020 View route map of Nagasaki prefecture
21 Saga 10-11 May 2020 View route map of Saga prefecture
22 Fukuoka 12-13 May 2020 View route map of Fukuoka prefecture
23 Yamaguchi 14-15 May 2020 View route map of Yamaguchi prefecture
24 Shimane 16-17 May 2020 View route map of Shimane prefecture
25 Hiroshima 18-19 May 2020 View route map of Hiroshima prefecture
26 Okayama 20-21 May 2020 View route map of Okayama prefecture
27 Tottori 22-23 May 2020 View route map of Tottori prefecture
28 Hyogo 24-25 May 2020 View route map of Hyogo prefecture
29 Kyoto 26-27 May 2020 View route map of Kyoto prefecture
30 Shiga 28-29 May 2020 View route map of Shiga prefecture
31 Fukui 30-31 May 2020 View route map of Fukui prefecture
32 Ishikawa 1-2 Jun. 2020 View route map of Ishikawa prefecture
33 Toyama 3-4 Jun. 2020 View route map of Toyama prefecture
34 Niigata 5-6 Jun. 2020 View route map of Niigata prefecture
35 Yamagata 7-8 Jun. 2020 View route map of Yamagata prefecture
36 Akita 9-10 Jun. 2020 View route map of Akita prefecture
37 Aomori 11-12 Jun. 2020 View route map of Aomori prefecture
38 Hokkaido 14-15 Jun. 2020 View route map of Hokkaido prefecture
39 Iwate 17-19 Jun. 2020 View route map of Iwate prefecture
40 Miyagi 20-22 Jun. 2020 View route map of Miyagi prefecture
41 Shizuoka 24-26 Jun. 2020 View route map of Shizuoka prefecture
42 Yamanashi 27-28 Jun. 2020 View route map of Yamanashi prefecture
43 Kanagawa 29 Jun.-1 Jul. 2020 View route map of Kanagawa prefecture
44 Chiba 2-4 Jul. 2020 View route map of Chiba prefecture
45 Ibaraki 5-6 Jul. 2020 View route map of Ibaraki prefecture
46 Saitama 7-9 Jul. 2020 View route map of Saitama prefecture
47 Tokyo 10-24 Jul. 2020 View route map of Tokyo prefecture

*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