How to enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

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The new Olympic Torch Relay will start on 25 March 2021.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced an outline of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay planned for 2021. The Olympic Torch Relay will start its journey on 25 March 2021 from the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima Prefecture and then traverse all 47 prefectures across Japan.

As the year 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay aims to showcase the recovery of the areas worst affected by the disaster, in line with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay concept 'Hope Lights Our Way'. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will additionally symbolise the light at the end of the dark tunnel; a beacon of hope for the world in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, themselves a symbol of the resilience, the unity and the solidarity of humankind.

Safety measures that should be observed by spectators lining the course of the Olympic Torch Relay

Spectators who wish to watch the Torch Relay from the spectator area along the relay route are requested to read the safety measures on the following page in advance.

Information about COVID-19 measures

How to watch the live stream of Olympic the Torch Relay

The grand start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will take place on Thursday 25 March in Fukushima Prefecture. The entire 121-day relay traversing 47 prefectures will be streamed live on NHK Online and this website.

Check the schedule and route of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Torch Relay will visit all prefectures in Japan. You can find out about the relay schedule as well as the route and the municipalities it will pass through on the information page of the Olympic Torch Relay route.

Presenting Partners leading the way during the Olympic Torch Relay

When the Olympic Torch Relay kicks off, the Olympic flame will make its way across Japan with torchbearers and the escorting convoy. The Advanced Sampling Vehicle (ASV) of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners (PPs) will lead the way, accompanied by the PPs promotional vehicles, and there will be various events taking place that will add to the excitement of the Torch Relay.

Take part in the Olympic Torch Relay on social media! #Hopelightsourway

Show how proud you are that your hometown is on the Torch Relay route or send a message of encouragement to the torchbearers by posting on social media with the hashtag: #Hopelightsourway. Posts with #Hopelightsourway or any hashtag related to the Torch Relay will be published on the Torch Relay website and on social media.

Olympic Torch Relay escort vehicles

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The Olympic Torch Relay escort vehicles will let spectators know that the Torch Relay has arrived, building excitement about the torchbearers and the torch. At the same time, the escort vehicles will support the Torch Relay by ensuring a safe and smooth operation.

The escort vehicles are provided by Toyota Motor Corporation, a Tokyo 2020 Games Presenting Partner and mobility partner. The fleet includes various vehicle models, including environmentally-friendly hybrid vehicles. Together with torchbearers, the escort vehicles will play an important role in creating a celebratory environment during the Torch Relay.

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The celebration at the end of the day of the Torch Relay

When the torch arrives at the last destination of the day, a celebration will take place to mark its arrival. Together with the Presenting Partners, the prefectural committee will organise a ceremony featuring 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 the celebrations, the flame will be transferred by vehicle to the next local municipality where the relay will continue.

Safety measures that should be observed by spectators attending the ceremony (celebration, departure celebration, mini celebration)

Those who plan to attend the ceremony are requested to check the safety measures in advance.

Information about COVID-19 measures

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