Tour de Katsurao cycling event, June 11, 2017 (ツールドかつらお サイクリング 2017年6月11日)

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Today, I participated in Tour de Katsurao cycling event at Katsurao Village in Hamadori Region. It was the first cycling event ever held in evacuation lifted area affected by TEPCO’s nuclear plant accident. The course mainly went through beautiful mountain forest area. A photo above was a view of iconic Mount Tatsugo (921m) which was also called Katsurao-Fuji or Mount Fuji of Katsurao.

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A map above shows the cycling course which is about 30km long with the highest mountain pass of 752m near Morimori Land campground.

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The event was promoted jointly by Link TOHOKU and Katsurao Village. Today was one year anniversary of evacuation lifting last June. Photo above shows a cute Katsurao Village character “Shimi-chan”, the Minister of Reconstruction Yoshino, and village mayor Shinoki, who also attended the opening ceremony as shown above.

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Photo above shows a view when cyclists are waiting for a start. About 150 cyclists from east Japan participated in the event.

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Luckily, I was able to make the goal successfully within the time limit as shown in the certificate above. I would like to thank all the people who organized the event and all the volunteers who supported it.
運良く、私も時間内に無事ゴールできました。(完走証です。) 大会の開催者、地元や学生ボランティアの方々に、深く感謝致します。

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Katsurao Village, a remote village on Abukuma Highlands, April 24, 2016 (阿武隈高地 の 葛尾村 2016年4月24日)

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Today, I visited Katsurao Village which is located on remote Abukuma Highlands. The village expects lifting of evacuation this June and the village office has already returned to its original place. Photo above is a view of the village as of today with the background of Mt. Katsurao-Fuji or its another name Mt. Tatsugoyama (920m).

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Photo above shows a view at the village center. A tall blue sign on the left says that the village boasts no fatal traffic accident for 13,000 days or more than 35 years. This is amazing.

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Photo above shows an entry point to the village through National Route 399 on the border with Tamura City. You can see the road has been renovated new.

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Photo above shows many tourist sites in the village. It has beautiful mountains and rivers during spring through fall.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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You can play back the route and altitude on the map below. (Up: 3.2%, gained altitude: 865m, Distance: 90.7km)
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