Agatsuma District (Agatsuma-gun)
The Agatsuma District is a hidden gem located in the Gunma Prefecture, North of Tokyo. The District is comprised of 6 towns and villages. This area was formerly part of Kōzuke Province, administered directly by the Tokugawa Shogunate (he is one of the most famous Shogun/Warlord in Japanese history) and the Oguri-Samurai Clan.
The area economy is predominantly supported by agriculture and tourism.
There is something for everyone to be found throughout the district.
If you love food you will have a difficult decision to make as there are so many excellent options. There are art shows, festivals throughout the year, skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking and cycling the rest of year.
The Onsen will be waiting for you to relax in when you return after an exciting day of exploring.

LONG RUOTE 157 km

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The most challenging route develops 157 kilometers through the Agatsuma region and its beauties. True heroics will fall in love with this path! Get ready to sweat and enjoy as much Heroic as you can imagine.
Distance: 157km
Ascent: 3600m
Start times: 5:00 AM

MEDIUM ROUTE 102km

The route of 102 kilometers is not to be underestimated; this route is suitable for trained cyclists who do not get scared off the slopes.
This Route follows the Long course, reaching the bautiful city of Kusatsu. Riders will encounter a steep (13%) grade along a narrow road through a wooded forest
Medium Route: 102 km
Ascent: 2700 m
Start Times: 7:00 AM
 

SHORT ROUTE 35 km

The short routeis ideal for riders of all levels, however there will be some challenges with its altitude.
Distance: 35km
Ascent: 900m
Unpaved Road: 3km
Start Times: 9:00 AM
Rest Stops: 1

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Shima-Onsen (in Nakanojō)
The beautiful city of Nakanojo is surrounded by peaks of over 1,000m high and is only on the long route. The city itself has an average elevation of 400m above sea level. It will be a beautiful ride as the area is made up of 83% mountains and forests. The Azuma River travels from west to east through the middle of the city, and north of the city are many hot spring resorts.
The Shima Onsen (the translation is 40,000), this represents the 40,000 ailments the water is supposed to cure and dates back to the year 989.
Several other hot springs in the area are the Sawatari and Hanashiki Onsen. Some of the Onsens baths are located along a river where you can relax and enjoy Mother Nature while you soak your stress away.
The area has clear stream waters, multiple waterfalls and Lake Okushima, which is colored a brilliant blue hue. The area is showered in cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn colors in the fall. Those of you that are Studio Ghibli/Anime fans will be excited to know that you will be stopping by the 300 year old Sekizenkan Onsen and red bridge. These are the inspiration for the Inn and bridge in the movie “Spirited Away”. This movie won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film making it the only hand drawn animated film and non-English language animated film to win that award.

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Kusatsu is recognized as one of Japan’s three most famous hot spring resorts. People have been relaxing in the Kusatsu Onsen since the 9th Century. The high quality hot spring water is said to cure everything but love sickness.
Kusatsu’s fame was bolstered by the German doctor, Erwin von Baelz, who recommended the water’s health benefits. The doctor served the Imperial court in the late 1800’s.
The Yubatake (Hot Water field) is a central meeting and sightseeing spot in Kusatsu Onsen. There is a foot bath right next to the Yubatake, where you can soak your weary feet and enjoy the view.
The Yubatake at night is a spectacular sight. This is the water source for the bubbling Onsen water supplied throughout Kusatsu City.

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Tsumagoi
You will ride through the beautiful countryside of Tsumagoi on both the medium and long routes. Here you will find cabbage as far as you can see. The area is very favorable to growing cabbage due to the volcanic ash. They produce over half of the cabbage consumed in Japan.
Those of you who enjoy archaeology and history, in 1877 an American scholar Edward S. Morse, discovered shards of pottery, here in Tsumagoi, that were “cord-marked” which translated into Japanese as Jomon. The Jomon period is dated between 14,000 - 300 BCE.
The pottery from this culture was decorated by impressing cords into the surface of wet clay. This pottery style is considered to be one of the oldest, not only in East Asia but the world. During this period jewelry and tools were made from bone, stone, shell and antler. The town of Tsumagoi has embarked on an idea to create a little nicer and more peaceful world. You are wondering how this could be accomplished? Well gentlemen it starts with showing appreciation for your wife. They have a lookout point where you can tell the world, you love your wife.
The town started the Japan Aisaika Organization which translates into Adoring Husbands, this appears to be an unknown traditional culture of Japan. The village name is formed from the Kanji meaning “wife” and “love”.

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Naganohara
Located in the northwestern portion of Gunma Prefecture, almost all of Naganohara has an elevation higher than 500m. It’s famous by Minamoto no Yoritomo, the founder of the first shogunate in Japan.
The main attractions are: Kawarayu Hot Springs area and Yukake festival (the tradition-filled mystical Yukake Festival is said to have been running for some 400 years, where on the morning of the coldest day of the year January 20th, heroic young men bearing traditional fundoshi-wear splash hot water on one another), Asama Volcano Museum, the Maruyama castle ruins and the wooden station building of Kitakaruizawa.
Already the railway service was stopped in 1962, but the station building has been saved as “tangible cultural heritage”.

     
        

         
   

                   





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