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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 Saitama

The Saitama leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Kawaguchi, ending the first day in Tokorozawa, the second in Kumagaya and the third in Saitama, with celebrations taking place at the end of each day.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Saitama include: the scenic pine grove of Soka Matsubara, located in Soka and immortalised in Basho Matsuo’s classic novel, “Oku no Hosomichi: The Narrow Road to the Deep North”; the layers of rock in Nagatoro, a natural monument famous for river rafting on the Arakawa River; Kumagaya Rugby Stadium — one of the Rugby World Cup 2019 venues; and the beautiful streets of Kawagoe City, lined with traditional warehouse-style architecture.

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