Otari Onsen Course- OTARI ONSEN COURSE -
- ELEVATION GAIN 0m
- DISTANCE 0km
- DURATION 0.5hours
- AVERAGE GRADE 0.0%
SUMMARY- COURSE OVERVIEW -
Climb to the Amakazari highland and pristine forest of beech trees and a great choice of onsen await.
SEASON : June to October
Starting from the nostalgic farm village of Nakaya, the course continues through the beautiful beech tree forests to Amakazari highland, passing by famed Otari Onsen, which has over 450 years of history. First half of the course is gentle uphill along unblemished countryside, but from the loop bridge onwards, the climb gets harder. A walk around the scenic pond "Kamaike" and camping ground at the trailhead of Amakazari is rewarding after the ride.
COURSE PROFILE- COURSE MAP -
The highlight of the course is the delightful loop bridge which appears just after 7km signposts and from there the uphill gets steeper and the road enters into the protected area under Myoko Togakushi Renzan National Park.
After passing the hotel Amakazari-so, the road run through the pristine forest of beech trees. Especially during the foliage season of October is so breathtaking that whole mountain is colored like brilliant embroidery carpet.
Yamada Ryokan of Otari Onsen is an old inn since 1555. The traditional wooden building is well preserved with its original structure and worth a visit. Day-tripper can also take a bath from 10am to 3pm.
Amakazari-so is a hotel with indoor and outdoor hot springs. Day-tripper can take a bath and rest at the in-house café. The shop sells ice-creams, snacks and local sake.
At Soba-ya Hotaru, homemade fresh buckwheat noodle with walnuts dip and crispy tempura of seasonal mountain vegetable is the specialty. Open from 11:30am to 5pm, close on Tue & Wed. Soba-ya Hotaru.
Café Jusangatsu serves home-roasted freshly brew coffee with homemade sweets as well as spicy curry.
Mirror-like pond of Kamaike is off the 15.5km point. Best visited during new green leaves or autumn colors. There is a café called Bunarin-tei which serves light meal. Bunarin-tei
After the finish line, unpaved road continues to the point where you can see graceful mountain "Amakazari-yama". Do not rush to return the way back but spare some time to look at it!
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