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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 Niigata

The Niigata leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Itoigawa, a city that is on the way to recovery from the great fire in 2016. The Torch Relay will then make its way to the city of Minamiuonuma where a celebration will take place in Yairo no mori park at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will leave the city of Nagaoka, arriving at the Iwafune port harbor green space in the city of Murakami for a celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Niigata include: the remains of the Sado gold and silver mines — the largest in the country; the flame-shaped earthenware treasure of kaengata-doki, discovered in Tokamachi; Yahiko-yama Mountain with its panoramic view of Echigo Plain, the Sea of Japan and the island of Sado; Shinanogawa River and the city of Niigata, a former port of call for kitamae-bune merchant ships; and the city of Murakami, known for its beautiful sunsets over the Sea of Japan.

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