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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 Shiga

The Shiga leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Takashima and will journey through the southern area of the prefecture, making its way to the city of Otsu where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will leave the city of Koka, travelling across the central and northeastern part of the prefecture before arriving in the city of Nagahama for a celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Shiga include: the beautiful row of tender green metasequoia trees in the city of Takashima; the Hachiman-bori area of the city of Omihachiman, where period dramas are often filmed; and Hikone Castle in the city of Hikone, home to numerous important cultural properties such as the castle tower.

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