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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 Kumamoto

The Kumamoto leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Hitoyoshi and will journey through Amakusa and other areas, making its way to the city of Yatsushiro where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will visit some of the areas affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016 such as Mashiki, Minami-aso and Aso, travelling across the northern part of the prefecture and arriving in the city of Kumamoto for a celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Kumamoto include: the beautiful sea of Minamata and Amakusa; the magnificent natural landscapes of Aso; the town of Nagomi, birthplace of Shiso Kanakuri, the “father of Japan’s marathon”; and Kumamoto Castle, where the rebuilding continues after the castle was damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake.

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