Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Torchbearers Recruitment July 1 - August 31,2019

Hope Lights Our Way

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.

Relay Dates by Prefecture

Sunday, June 7 - Monday, June 8, 2020

List of Relay Dates by Prefecture

Route in Yamagata Prefecture

The torch relay in Yamagata is starting from the central part of the prefecture to the southern part, and on the first day, a celebration will be held in Yamagata-shi. On the second day, the relay starts from the central part to the northern part, and there will be a celebration in Sakata-shi.

The highlights are the following;

  • The cherries known as synonym for Yamagata Prefecture during this period.
  • Yamadera (Yamagata-shi) also known as Hōju-san Risshaku Temple is famous for Haiku Master called “Matsuo Basho”.
  • Uesugi Shrine(Yonezawa-shi) with Uesugi Kenshin as the deity.
  • Mogami Park (Shinjo-shi) related to the festival registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
  • Dewa Sanzan Shrines(Tsuruoka-shi) and National Treasure Mt.Haguro Five-storied Pagoda having a solemn atmosphere.
Route in Yamagata Prefecture

Day 1

  1. 1Nishikawa Town
  2. 2Sagae City
  3. 3Kahoku Town
  4. 4Shirataka Town
  5. 5Nagai City
  6. 6Takahata Town
  7. 7Yonezawa City
  8. 8Nanyo City
  9. 9Kaminoyama City
  10. 10Yamagata City

Day 2

  1. 1Tendo City
  2. 2Higashine City
  3. 3Murayama City
  4. 4Obanazawa City
  5. 5Shinjo City
  6. 6Tsuruoka City
  7. 7Yuza Town
  8. 8Sakata City

Note that the routes contents, cities, the order of cities going around, the venue for the celebration, and the information described above are subject to change.

Public Offering of Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs: Overview

The Yamagata PTF will conduct a public offering, as noted below, for TBs to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay as it traverses Yamagata Prefecture.

【Recruiting Period】

Monday, July 1 -
Saturday, August 31, 2019

【Online Application】Valid only for those received during the recruiting period.

【Postal Application】It is valid only for those that have postmarks from Monday, July 1, 2019 to Saturday, August 31, 2019.
In addition, applications must be mailed by registered mail or simple registered mail.

Public Offering of Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs: Overview
Recruiting Entity Yamagata PTF
Number Being Nominated 35 people
How to Apply

Fill out and submit the application form on the Yamagata Torchbearers Recruitment Special Website(URL: ).
Or fill out the designated application form and send it via e-mail or post it to the address noted below.

Contact:Yamagata Prefecture Task Force
(Prefectural Culture Sports Division)

Address:2-8-1 Matsunami, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken

Note that the number of TBs being recruited and methods for applying may vary among the PTFs and presenting partners.

Nomination Process The PTFs will nominate applicants based on the information provided by them, and present them to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, which will make the final decision. Do not send in documents or other materials not required for application, as they will not be considered in the nomination process.
Announcement of Nomination

The Yamagata PTF will contact the nominated TBs from the beginning of December,2019. Subsequently, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will send an official nomination notification to them, which notification shall serve as an announcement of their nominations.

Note that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will contact those selected with details of their individual paths sometime after mid-February, 2020.

Note that those applicants not nominated will not be notified. However, in the event of an opening for a TB within two weeks prior to the TB’s scheduled run, previous applicants may be selected to move into that slot. In that event, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will notify the individual of their nomination.

Application requirements


【How to Apply 1】

Fill out and submit the application form of this website.

Application form

【How to Apply 2】

Download the application form below,
fill out the necessary information and send it to the address specified by mail.


2-8-1 Matsunami, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken
Yamagata Prefecture Task Force
(Prefectural Culture Sports Division)
Application form download


If you have any questions about application,
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