The Liancourt Rocks are claimed by both South Korea and Japan ©Getty Images

South Korea has made an official complaint after a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay map included disputed islands as Japanese territory.

The map on the official website for next year's Games includes the Liancourt Rocks, which are governed by South Korea but claimed by Japan.

Japanese officials said they had rejected the Korean complaint, which was made through the country's embassy.

The Rocks appear on the map, used to show the route of the Torch Relay, as a small dot.

They lie in the Sea of Japan in between the two countries and are valuable due to rich fishing waters and natural gas deposits.

South Korea calls the islands Dokdo but in Japan they are known as Takeshima.

Both countries claim historical ties with around 50 people currently living there.

"South Korea, through the Japanese embassy in South Korea, has lodged a protest on the issue," Japan's cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said to AFP

"Japan told the South Korean side that the protest is not acceptable given that Japan owns Takeshima and given Japan's position on the Sea of Japan."

This is not the first time that the dispute has spilled over into the Olympics.

The islands on the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay map are marked by a dot seen here in this circle ©Tokyo 2020
The islands on the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay map are marked by a dot seen here in this circle ©Tokyo 2020

At the Opening Ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018, both South Korea and North Korea marched together behind a unification flag which did not include the islands as part of a map outline.

The islands had appeared on a flag at a practice event with Suga describing this as "unacceptable".

Earlier this month the islands were the location for a major diplomatic incident after a Russian military plane allegedly entered their airspace.

South Korean jets fired 360 machine-gun rounds in response with Japan saying it also scrambled aircraft.

Russia, carrying out a military exercise with China, has denied violating another nation's airspace.

Japan and South Korea have both protested against Russia and each other over the incident. 

The rocks consist of two main islands and dozens of other islets.