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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 Hyogo

The Hyogo leg of the Torch Relay begins in the northern city of Toyooka, making its way to the city of Himeji 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 Kobe, travelling across the southern part of the prefecture and arriving in the city of Tamba-Sasayama for a celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Hyogo include: Takeda Castle Ruins in the city of Asago, known as the “castle in the sky” for its magical view when covered in a sea of clouds; Himeji Castle in the city of Himeji, Japan’s first World Heritage Site; and the port of Kobe in Kobe City, featuring the impressive “BE KOBE” monument created by local citizens in 2015, 20 years after the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.

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