About the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

IWAKI, JAPAN - MARCH 25: The Olympic flame is preserved in the lantern during the 'Flame of Recovery' special exhibition at Aquamarine Park in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan.
IWAKI, JAPAN - MARCH 25: The Olympic flame is preserved in the lantern during the 'Flame of Recovery' special exhibition at Aquamarine Park in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay concept

The Olympic Torch Relay for Tokyo 2020 began with the kindling of the Olympic flame by the rays of the sun in Olympia, Greece, on 12 March 2020, before it was transported by a special “Tokyo 2020 Go” jet to Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Watch every minute of the Olympic Torch Relay live on the Tokyo 2020 website, starting Thursday 25 March 2021.

*The schedule and dates in the footage are based on the original schedule of the Olympic Torch Relay prior to its postponement. Following the postponement, the scheduled dates will be one day earlier than those in the previous schedule (the days of the week will match the previous schedule).

The concept for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay across Japan will be "Hope Lights Our Way", uniting the Japanese people around messages about 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.

A route that enables people all over Japan to see the Torch Relay

  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, which will be held across all 47 prefectures of Japan, will start its journey on 25 March 2021 from the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima Prefecture. 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.
  • The Torch Relay will cover some 98% of the population of Japan
    Along with the relays being held in the various local municipalities, some 98% of the population of Japan will be within an hour's journey by vehicle or train from the Torch Relay.

Tokyo 2020 will endeavour to prevent infections of both spectators, torchbearers, management staff, other people involved in the Torch Relay and local residents, and will implement the following new models to realise a safe and secure Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay. We will implement measures against coronavirus infections.

A Torch Relay designed to showcase Japan’s charming destinations

The Torch Relay will be held in areas that pass by World Heritage Sites, famous locations, historic remains and sites that are the favourites of the local population ⁠— all locations that lend themselves to outstanding domestic and international promotional opportunities, as the charm of each destination is showcased during the 121-day Torch Relay journey.

See the Route of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

See the day of the Torch Relay

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Featured Torchbearers

Featured Torchbearers

In the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, torchbearers selected from 47 prefectures in Japan, who come from a variety of backgrounds and play different roles in society, will carry the torch, enjoying the invaluable experience in their own way.

Here, we feature the torchbearers - the leading players of the Torch Relay - to learn what they expect from this exciting experience.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay brand design

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay brand design

We are pleased to introduce the torch and emblem to be used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.

Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassadors

Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassadors

In order to get people in Japan more excited about the Torch Relay, Olympian Tadahiro Nomura, Paralympian Aki Taguchi, actress Satomi Ishihara and comedic duo Sandwichman have been appointed as Official Ambassadors of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay.

For torchbearers

For torchbearers

Notes and information for torchbearers

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