Note: If you wish to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay outside of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area please contact the Task Force for the prefecture in question.

Overview of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic flame is seen as a symbol of peace and hope. For the host nation, the Olympic flame, lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia, Greece, is one of the most powerful symbols of the Olympic Movement, and will be carried around the nation by a relay of torchbearers (TBs). The concept for the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay is “Hope Lights Our Way.” As it unites the people around a message of supporting, accepting and encouraging one another, the Olympic flame will symbolize the sunrise of a new era, spreading the hope that will light our way.

  • ・Concept
    Hope Lights Our Way
  • ・Schedule
    March 26 (Thu.) - July 24 (Fri.) 2020 (121 days, including travelling days)
  • ・Locations
    47 prefectures (excluding the flame lighting ceremony in Greece)
  • ・Hosted by
    The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee
  • ・Co-hosted by
    The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Prefecture Task Forces
  • ・Partners
    Partner companies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay

The Torch Relay will begin with the flame lighting ceremony in Greece. The Olympic flame will then be transported to Japan, where prior to the Relay itself, it will be specially displayed in three prefectures in the Tohoku region, symbolizing a Flame of Recovery for areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. After that, the Torch Relay will begin, as the Olympic flame is carried across Japan.

  • March 12 (Thu.) 2020
    Flame Lighting Ceremony in Olympia, Greece
  • March 12 (Thu.) - March 19 (Thu.) 2020
    Greek leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay (8 days)
  • March 19 (Thu.) 2020
    Flame Hand-over Ceremony in Athens, Greece
  • March 20 (Fri./holiday) 2020
    The flame arrives at Matsushima Airbase in Miyagi Prefecture
  • March 20 (Fri.) - March 21 (Sat.) 2020
    Special display of the "Flame of Recovery" in Miyagi Prefecture
  • March 22 (Sun.) - March 23 (Mon.) 2020
    Special display of the "Flame of Recovery" in Iwate Prefecture
  • March 24 (Tue.) - March 25 (Wed.) 2020
    Special display of the "Flame of Recovery" in Fukushima Prefecture
  • March 26 (Thu.) 2020
    Japanese leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay starts from Fukushima Prefecture
  • July 10 (Fri.)-July 24(Fri.)
    2020 The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay in Tokyo Metropolitan Area (15 days)

About the Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs

Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs will be selected either through public offering or recommendations by the Prefecture Task Forces (PTFs), Olympic Torch Relay partners and others, in accordance with the concept of the Torch Relay, “Hope Lights Our Way,” and will play a role in spreading this message to a wide audience.
Approximately a total of about 10,000 TBs are expected to participate.