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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 Tochigi

The Tochigi leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Ashikaga, where the “National Historic Site Ashikaga School” (the oldest school in the nation) is located. From there, it will make its way to the city of Nasukarasuyama, famous for the “Yamaage Festival”, 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 Nasu at the foot of the magnificent Nasu Highland and arrive in the capital city of Utsunomiya for a celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Tochigi include: the city of Nikko, famous for the World Heritage Site, the Shrines and Temples of Nikko, including Futarasan Shrine, Toshogu Shrine and Rinnoji Temple; the city of Tochigi, a historical city full of Edo-style ambience with traditional warehouses called kura; and the city of Kanuma, well-known for the ornately carved wooden floats.

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