Olympic torch relay

This month the Tokyo Olympic Torch relay timetable had been released. The relay will go to all 47 prefectures, starting in Fukushima-cho on March 26th and Finish in Shinjuku, Tokyo on July 24th- an event which will last 121 days and see 858 villages, towns, cities, and wards.

Additionally, it will visit several world heritage sites throughout Japan including Mt. Fuji (富士山), and Himeji Castle (姫路城).

The following article is a list of where the torch will be day-by-day and I highly recommend planning an Olympic trip to at least feature part of this country-wide relay!

Please note, due to the length of some place names I have romanised the Japanese with the following rules:

  • If the place name starts with a direction, I have placed a hyphen between the direction and rest of the name
  • I have ignored the kanji “町” meaning town and the kanji “市” meaning city except in cases where the Prefecture shares a name with a city. I have translated “村” as village but this doesn’t need to be included.
  • For Tokyo wards, some include the ending “ku/(区)” and others do not.
  • Place names in bold are the prefectural capital.
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Fukushima Prefecture (福島県)
3/26Naraha, Hirono, Iwaki, Kawauchi Village, Tomioka, Okuma, Katsurao, Namie
3/27Soma, Shinchi, Iitate, Kawamata, Fukushima City, Inawashiro, Kikatake
3/28Minami-Aizu, Shimogo, Shirakawa, Sukagawa, Tamura, Motomiya, Koriyama
Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県)
3/29Ashikawa, Moka, Kaminokawa, Tochigi, Oyama, Sano, Natsu-Kasasuyama
3/30Utsunomiya, Kanuma, Nikko, Mibu, Mashiko, Nasushiobara, Sakura, Nasu
Gunma Prefecture (群馬県)
3/31Maebashi, Isesaki, Kiryu, Ueno Village, Ota, Oizumi, Tatabayashi
4/1Takasaki, Tomioka, Fujioka, Naganohara, Kawaba, Numata, Kusatsu, Shibuhara
Nagano Prefecture (長野県)
4/2Nagano City, Hakuba Village, Nozawa-Onsen Village, ueda, Yamanouchi, Saku, Karuizawa
4/3Matsumoto, Azumino, Omachi, Suwa, Ina, Nagiso, Iida
Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県)
4/4Takayama, Gujo, Yaotsu, Tajimi, Nakatsugawa
4/5Gifu City, Hashima, Ogaki, Sekigahara, Kakamigahara, Gero
Aichi Prefecture (愛知県)
4/6Nagoya, Kiyosu, Inazawa, Ichinomiya, Inuyama, Kasugai, seto
4/7Toyota, Obu, Okazaki, Kariya, Anjo, Toyokawa, Hanada, Toyohashi
Mie Prefecture (三重県)
4/8Yokkaiichi, Suzuka, Kamiyama, Tsu, Toba, Ise
4/9Iga, Nabari, Matsusaka, Taiki, Kihoku, Kumano
Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県)
4/10Wakayama City, Kainan, Arida, Gobo, Tanabe, Shirahama, Kushimoto, Nachikatsuura, Shingu
4/11Hashimoto, Koya, Katsuragi, Kinokawa, Iwade, Wakayama City
Nara prefecture (奈良県)
4/12Kashihara, Asuka Village, Tenri, Tawaramoto, Sakurai, Totsukawa, Gose, Gojyo, Katsuragi
4/13Nara City, Ikoma, Uda, Yamato-Koriyama, Ikarugi, Yoshino, Yamato-Takada, Kashiba, Koryo, Kawai
Osaka Prefecture (大阪府)
4/14Suita, Ibaraki, Minoh, Ikeda, Toyonaka, Hirakata, Kadoma, Higashi-Osaka, Sakai
4/15Habikino, Washiwara, Taishi, Kishiwada, Izumi, Kaizuka, Izumisano, Fujiidera, Osaka City
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Tokushima Prefecture (徳島県)
4/16Ishii, Yoshinogawa, Awa, Kamiyama, Mima, Tsurugi, Higashi-Miyoshi, Miyoshi, Naruto, Kamiita, Itano, Aizumi, Kita-jima, Matsushige
4/17Komatsushima, Anan, Katsuura, Naka, Minami, Kamikatsu, Mugi, Kaiyo, Sangochi Village, Tokushima City
Kagawa Prefecture (香川県)
4/18Tadotsu, Zentsuji, Kotohira, Naoshima, Manno, Marugame, Utazu
4/19Takamatsu, Miki, Sanuki, Higashi-Kagawa, Shodoshima, Tonosho, Ayagawa, Sakaide
Kochi Prefecture (高知県)
4/20Shimanto City, Shinmanto Town, Yusuhara, Susaki, Tosa, Ino, Kochi City, Sukumo, Tosashimizu
4/21Nahari, Aki, Kitagawa Village, Konan, Tanu, Kami, Yasuda, Nankoku, Toyo, Kochi City, Muroto
Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県)
4/22Kumakogen, Toon, Kamijima, Imabari, Saijo, Niihama (Chuo and Shikoku), Masaki, Matsuyame
4/23Seiyo, Kihoku, Matsuno, Ozu, Uchiko, Iyo, Ainan, Tobe, Yawatahama, Ikata, Uwajima
Oita Prefecture (大分県)
4/24Hita, Nakatsu, Usa, Bungotakada, Himeshima Village, Kunisaki, Kitsuki, Hiji, Beppu
4/25Oita, Bungo-Ono, Usuki, Tsukumi, Saeki, Takata, Yufu, Kokone, Kusu
Miyazaki Prefecture (宮崎県)
4/26Miyazaki City, Saito, Takanabe, Hyuga, Nobeoka, Takachiho
4/27Ebino, Kobayashi, Miyakonojo, Mimata, Kushima, Nichinan, Miyazaki
Kogoshima Prefecture (鹿児島県)
4/28Kagoshima City, Aira, Kirishima, Minami-Osumi, Amami, Kanoya, Shibushi
4/29Ibusuki, Minami-Kyushu, Isa, Hioki, Satsumasendai
Okinawa Prefecture (沖縄県)
5/2Nago, Motobu, Ishigaki, Uruma, Okinawa City, Ginowa, Naha
5/3Itoman, Nanjo, Miyakojima, Chatan, Zamami Village, Urasoe, Tomigusuku
Okinawan names are NOT used
Kumato prefecture (熊本県)
5/6Yatsushiro, Uto, Amakusa, Minamata, Hitoyoshi
5/7Kumamoto City, Tamana, Nagomi, Yamaga, Kikochi, Aso, Aso Village, Mashiki
Nagasaki Prefecture (長崎県)
5/8Nagasaki City, Omura, Isahaya, Shinkamiguto, Goto, Iki, Unzen, Shimabara, Minami-Shimabara
5/9Sasebo, Saza, Hirado, Matsuura, Tsushima, Goto, Saikai, Togitsu, Nagayo
Saga prefecture (佐賀県)
5/10Karatsu, Genkai, Imari, Arita, Takeo, Shiroishi, Ureshino, Kashima, Tara
5/11Tako, Ogi, Kanzaki, Yoshinogari, Kamimine, Miyaki, Tosu, Kiyama, Saga, Omachi, Kohoku
Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県)
5/12Dazaifu, Toho Village, Asakura, Kasuga, Kurume, Itoshima, Chikugo, Omuta, Shime, Fukuoka City
5/13Kita-kyushu, Fukutsu, Nakama, Munakata, Miyawaka, Kaisen, Iizuka, Soeda, Tagawa, Chikujyo
Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県)
5/14Yamaguchi City, Hofu, Shunan, Kudamatsu, Hikari, Yanai, Iwakuni
5/15Hagi, Nagato, Mine, Shimonoseki, San’yo-Onoda, Ube
Shimane prefecture (島根県)
5/16Onan, Kawamoto, Gotsu, Hamada, Masuda, Chibu Village, Tsuwano
5/17Matsue, Yasugi, Okinoshima, Okizumo, Unnan, Izumo, Oda
Hiroshima Prefecture (広島県)
5/18Hiroshima City, Saka, Kure, Higashi-Hiroshima, Shobara, Miyoshi
5/19Fukuyama, Fuchu, Onomichi, Mihara, Kaita, Hatsukaichi
Okayama Prefecture (岡山県)
5/20Okayama City, Kurashiki, Soja, Kibichuo, Takahashi, Ibara
5/21Tsuyama, Nagi, Mimasaka, Akaiwa, Maniwa, Tamano
Tottori Prefecture (鳥取県)
5/22Kurayoshi, Daisen, Hoki, Kofu, Hino, Nichinan, Nanbu, Hiyoshi Village, Yonago, Sakaiminato
5/23Tottori City, Chizu, Wakasa, Yazu, Iwami, Yurihama, Misasa, Hokuei, Kotoura
Hyogo prefecture (兵庫県)
5/24Toyooka, Asago, Shiso, Kato, Ono, Kakogawa, Himeji
5/25Kobe, Akashi, Minami-Awaji, Nishi-Nomiya, Amagasaki, Sanda
Kyoto Prefecture (京都府)
5/26Kyotango, Miyazu, Maizuru, Ayabe, Fukuchiyama, Nagaokakyo
5/27Uji, Ujitawara, Joyo, Kizugawa, Seika, Kyotanabe, Yawata, Kumiyama, Kyoto City
Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県)
5/28Takashima, Moriyama, Yasu, Omihachiman, Ryuo, Konan, Ritto, Kusatsu, Otsu
5/29Koka, Hino, Higashi-Omi, Aisho, Toyosa, Kora, Taga, Hikone, Maibara, Nagahama
Fukui Prefecture (福井県)
5/30Takahama, Oi, Obama, Wakasa, Mihame, Tsuruga, Minami-Echizen, Echizen, Sabae
5/31Echizen, Ikeda, Ono, Katsuyama, Eiheiji, Awara, Sakai, Fukui City
Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県)
6/1Kaga, Komatsu, Nomi, Kawakita, Hakusan, Nonoichi, Uchinada, Kahoku, Tsubata, Kanagawa
6/2Wajima, Noto, Anamizu, Suzu, Shika, Hakui, Hodatsu-shimizu, Nakamoto, Nanao
Toyama Prefecture (富山県)
6/3Oyabe, Nanto, Tonami, Imizu, Himi, Takaoka
6/4Asahi, Nyusen, Kurobe, Uozu, Namerikawa, Kamiichi, Funabashi Village, Tateyama, Toyama
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Niigata Prefecture (新潟県)
6/5Itoigawa, Joetsu, Kashiwazaki, Sado, Tokamachi, Minami-Uonuma
6/6Nagaoka, Sanjo, Tsubame, Yahiko Village, Niigata City, Shibata, Aga, Murakami
Yamagata prefecture (山形県)
6/7Nishi-kawa, Sagae, Kahoku, Shirataka, Nagai, Takahata, Yonezawa, Nan’yo, Kaminoyama, Yamagata City
6/8Tendo, Higashine, Murayama, Obanazawa, Shinjo, Tsuruoka, Yuzasakata
Akita Prefecture (秋田県)
6/9Yuzawa, Yokote, Yurihonjo, Misata, Daisen, Semboku, Akita City
6/10Katagami, Hachirogata, Ogata Village, Noshiro, Odate, Oga, Kazuno
Aomori prefecture (青森県)
6/11Hirosaki, Nishimeya Village, Hirakawa, Kuruishi, Tsugaru, Goshogawara, Imabetsu, Aomori City
6/12Mutsu, Towada, Misawa, Oirase, Hashikami, Hachinohe
Hokkaido [prefecture] (北海道)
6/14Hakodate, nemuro, Hokuto, Nanae, Kushiro, Toyako, Muroran, Obihiro, Shiraoi
6/15Tomakomai, Furano, Mukawa, Asahikawa, Atsuma, Abira, Chitose, Wakkanai, Sapporo
Please note, Sapporo is the prefectural capital. There are sub-prefectures and sub-prefectural capitals in Hokkaido.
Iwate prefecture (岩手県)
6/17Shizukushi, Takizawa, Hachimantai, Iwate Town, Ichinoke, Ninoke, Hirono, Fundai Village, Noda Village, Kuji
6/18Iwaizumi, Tanohata Village, Miyako, Yameda, Otsuchi, Kamaishi, Oyunato, Rikuzentakata
6/19Ichinoseki, Hiraizumi, Oshu, Kamegasaki, Kita-Kami, Hanamaki, Tono, Shiwa, Yahaba, Morioka
Miyagi Prefecture (宮城県)
6/20Kesennuma, Minami-Sanriku, Ishinomaki, Ongawa
6/21Higashi-Matsushima, Matsushima, Shiogama, Shichigahama, Tagajo, Ohira Village, Rifu
6/22Yamamoto, Watari, Iwanuma, Natori, Sendai
Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県)
6/24Kosai, Hamamatsu, Iwata, Fukuroi, Kakegawa, Shimada, Shizuoka City,
6/25Makinohara, Fujieda, Yaizu, Shizuoka City, Fuji, Nagaizumi, Mishima, Numazu
6/26Ito, Shimoda, Izunokuni, Susono, Oyama, Gotemba, Izu, Fujinomiya
Yamanashi prefecture (山梨県)
6/27Nanbu, Minobu, Hayakawa, Fujikawa, Ichikawa-misato, Chuo, Showa [city], Kai, Minami-Arupusu [Southern Alps], Hokuto, Nirasaki, Kofu
6/28Fuefuki, Yamanashi, Mt. Fuji, Koshu, Uenohara, Otsuki, Tsuru, Nishi-Katsura, Oshino Village, Fujikawa-guchiko, Narusawa Village, Fujiyoshida
Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県)
6/29Hakone, Isehara, Odawara, Oiso, Hiratsuka, Chigasaki, Fujisawa
6/30Miura, Yokosuka, Kamakura, Ebina, Atsugi, Sagamihara
7/1Kawasahi, Yokohama
Chiba Prefecture (千葉県)
7/2Kisarazu, Kimitsu, Futtsu, Minami-Boso, Isumi, Ichinomiya, Susa, Sammu
7/3Choshi, Asahi, Katori, Shibayama, Narita, Narashino, Chiba City
7/4Urayasu, Funabashi, Kamagaya, Kashiwa, Abiko, Matsudo
Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県)
7/5Kashima, Hitachinaha, Oarai, Daigo, Hitachi, Hitachiota, Kasama, Mito
7/6Koga, Bando, Joso, Ushiku, Ryugasaki, Namegata, Tsuchiura, Tsukuba
Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県)
7/7Kawaguchi, Warabi, Toda, Wako, Asaka, Niiza, Hidaka, Sayama, Fujimi, Miyoshi, Fujimino, Tokorozawa
7/8Soka, Yashino, Misato, Yoshikawa, koshigaya, Chichibu, Minano, Nagatoro, Kasukabe, Sugito, Miyashiro, Kuki, Kazu, Gyoda, Kumagaya
7/9Kawagoe, Tsurugashima, Sakado, Honjo, Fukaya, Ranzan, Higashi-Matsuyama, Namerikawa, Konosu, Kitamoto, Okegawa, Ageo, Saitama City
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Tokyo Metropolis (東京都)
7/10Setagaya, Komae, Inagi, Machida
7/11Tama, Hino, Akishima, Hachioji
7/12Hinohara, Okutama, Hinode, Ome, mizuho
7/13Hamura, Akiruno, Fussa, Musashi-Murayama, Tachikawa
7/14Kunitachi, Kokubunji, Kodaira, Higashi-Yamamoto, Higashi-Murayama
7/15Kiyose, Higashi-Kurume, Nishi-Tokyo, Kogamei, Fuchu
7/16Chofu, Miyake Village, Kozushima Village, Niijima Village (Niijima and Shikinejima), Toshima Village, Oshima
7/17Mikurajima Village, Hachijo, Aogashima Village, Ogasawa Village (Chichijima and Hahajima), Mitaka, Musashino
7/18Suginami, Nakano, Nerima
7/19Toshima, Itabashi, Kita, Adachi
7/20Katsushika, Edogawa, Sumida, Arakawa
7/21Taito, Bunkyo, Chiyoda, Chuo
7/22Koto, Ota, Shunagawa
7/23Meguro, Shibuya, Minato
7/24Shinjuku
There is no prefectural capital as Tokyo is the capital of Tokyo. Ward or “区” meaning special district in Japanese just translates to city in each official English translation. Every place from the 18th is a ward in Japanese. Finally, Chiyoda could be considered the “capital” of Tokyo if such a thing were to exist.

I hope that this information is useful in planning your Olympic trip to Japan.

Thank you for reading and happy exploring.



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