Dates of Relay: April 12 (Sun) – April 13 (Mon)
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.
The torch relay in Nara prefecture will be along a route that can convey the attraction of each area in the prefecture to the world. Specifically, the route focuses on the transitions of the imperial capital in ancient times and the history of international exchange, historical cultural heritage such as national treasures and World Heritage sites, as well as the abundant nature of the prefecture’s southern and eastern areas.