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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 Oita

The Oita leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Beppu, known for Japan’s largest number of hot springs. From there, it will visit Kunisaki Peninsula before its journey through the northern part of the prefecture, making its way to the city of Hita where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will leave from the town of Kusu, known as the home of fairy tales, visiting Yufuin and the Houhi area, then travelling across the southern part of the prefecture and arriving in the city of Oita for a celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Oita include: the “town of the Showa era,” with streetscapes of the 1950s reproduced in an area in the city of Bungotakada; the Harajiri Fall in the city of Bungoono, where the waterfall can be viewed up close; and the Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi, offering a dynamic view of the Kuju Mountain Range.

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