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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 Hokkaido

The Hokkaido leg of the Torch Relay begins in Hakodate, making its way to Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park in Shiraoi, 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 Tomakomai, travelling through the town of Atsuma where the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake caused serious damage, and arriving at the Kita 3-jo Plaza in Sapporo City.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Hokkaido include: the beautiful city of Hakodate with its historical architecture; the naturally beautiful Lake Toya, Lake Onuma and Furano; and Obihiro Horse Race Track, venue of the world’s only “Banei” horse races.

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