The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay has begun its final stretch as the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games on 24 August fast approaches.
After touring through 43 of Japan’s 47 prefectures the Paralympic flame has begun its final journey to Tokyo Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games on 24 August.
With the concept of “Share Your Light”, flames have been gathered during flame lighting festivals in towns and cities across Japan as excitement builds in anticipation for the Paralympic Games on 24 August.
The Paralympic Torch Relay now moves to Shizuoka, Chiba and Saitama, which will see flame lighting ceremonies held across the three prefectures while the torch flame will also visit municipalities across these areas.
After its journey through these three prefectures, the flames from 46 prefectures will be brought together in Tokyo, along with the Heritage flame from Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain, to light the official Paralympic Flame on 20 August.
From there the Paralympic flame will travel around the Japanese capital for four days before the Opening Ceremony takes place.
The Torch Relay will begin its journey around Tokyo outside the the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor of Japan, before making its way pass Sensoji Temple and taking in views of Tokyo Skytree. The following day (22 August) it will visit the downtown area of the host city.
On 23 August, the Torch Relay will travel through Tokyo’s Tama area, where we will be introduced to the Ghibli Museum – dedicated to some of Japan’s most loved anime characters and movies – as well at Tokyo Stadium before the final day sees some of city’s most well-known sites visited.
Starting in the famed district of Nihonbashi and Ginza, the flame will take a stroll through Yoyogi Park, pass the Paralympic venues for badminton and wheelchair rugby before seeing both the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower in the distance as the Torch Relay moves to Tokyo’s Bay area.
Then finally, the flame will arrive at the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.