Prefecture 19 of 47
5 - 6 May
Follow the torch flame
DAY 1Hitoyoshi City > Minamata City > Amakusa City > Uto City > Yatsushiro City
DAY 2Mashiki Town > Minamiaso Village > Aso City > Kikuchi City > Yamaga City > Nagomi Town > Tamana City > Kumamoto City
Local municipalities, the route and Celebration venues
In principle, the same local municipalities will manage Olympic Torch Relay segments in 2021. The route and Celebration venues will also be retained as planned; however changes may be necessary as a result of other unavoidable circumstances.
Places of interest in Kumamoto
The Kumamoto leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Hitoyoshi and will journey through Amakusa and other areas, making its way to the city of Yatsushiro where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will visit some of the areas affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016 such as Mashiki, Minami-aso and Aso, travelling across the northern part of the prefecture and arriving in the city of Kumamoto for a celebration.
Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Kumamoto include: the beautiful sea of Minamata and Amakusa; the magnificent natural landscapes of Aso; the town of Nagomi, birthplace of Shiso Kanakuri, the “father of Japan’s marathon”; and Kumamoto Castle, where the rebuilding continues after the castle was damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake.