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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 Nara

The Nara leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Gojo, making its way to Asuka, Fujiwarakyo and the ruined ancient village of Karako-Kagi. From there it will journey through the central south area of the prefecture, arriving at the Nara Prefecture Kashihara Park where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will leave Umami-kyuryo Park, travelling through Ikaruga, Heijo Palace, Nara Park and the northern part of the prefecture, arriving at the Great Buddha Hall at Todai-ji Temple for a celebration.

The Torch Relay in Nara will showcase Nara’s history as an ancient capital, along with national treasures, World Heritage Sites and the rich nature of the southern and eastern parts of the prefecture. The Torch Relay will present a perfect opportunity to introduce Nara’s charm and attractions to the rest of the world.

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