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Important Notice

On Tuesday 24 March 2020, the International Olympic Committee and The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Consequently, the launch of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay (OTR) that was scheduled to start on Thursday 26 March was put on hold while discussions took place to deal with the new developments.

A new schedule for the OTR will be decided in accordance with the decision made on the specific dates of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games. We will make every effort to prepare for a new grand start of the OTR for everyone to take part in and celebrate.

We will be releasing updates about the OTR as soon as new information becomes available.

(As of 26 March 2020)

The following information was compiled and released before the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games was announced on 24 March 2020.

Places of interest in Aichi

The Aichi leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Seto, widely known as the “pottery town”, and will journey through the Owari region in the western part of the prefecture. From there, it will make its way to Nagoya Castle with its famous shachihoko — a golden statue on the roof of the castle in the form of a mythical half-carp, half-tiger creature — where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will leave the city of Toyohashi, travelling through the areas of Higashi-mikawa, Nishi-mikawa and Chita and arriving at Toyota Stadium for a celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Aichi include: Atsuta Shrine, home to the sacred sword “Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi” , one of the three sacred imperial treasures; the National Treasure Inuyama Castle, one of only twelve original castles left in Japan; the “kura” warehouses lining Handa canal, where breweries have contributed to the prosperity of the area since the Edo Period; Toyokawa Inari , one of the three great inari temples/shrines in Japan; and Okazaki Castle, birthplace of the famed shōgun Ieyasu Tokugawa.

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