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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 Yamagata

The Yamagata leg of the Torch Relay begins in the central part of the prefecture and will journey south, making its way to the city of Yamagata where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will travel from the central area of the prefecture towards the north, arriving in the city of Sakata for a celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Yamagata include: the region’s cherry orchards, a synonym for Yamagata; Hojusan Risshakuji Temple (Yamadera) in the city of Yamagata, made famous by haiku poet Basho Matsuo; Uesugi Shrine in the city of Yonezawa, dedicated to the worship of Kenshin Uesugi; Mogami Park in the city of Shinjo, known for the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, Shinjo Matsuri Festival; and the stately Dewa Sanzan Shrine (National Treasure Hagurosan Five Story Pagoda).

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