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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 Nagano

The Nagano leg of the Torch Relay begins in the town of Karuizawa, host of some of the events during the summer and winter Olympic Games of 1964 and 1998. From there it will journey through the various legacy venues of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in the eastern and northern areas of the prefecture, making its way to the city of Nagano where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will leave Tsumago-juku, one of the traditional post stations from the Edo Period, visiting Nagano’s central and southern countryside with the Japan Alps as the backdrop and arriving in the city of Matsumoto for a celebration. Nagano City is home to the National Treasure Zenko-ji Temple, and Matsumoto City is where Matsumoto Castle is located.

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