Where many lose the route…

This loop has sent many riders loopy! https://maps.app.goo.gl/g4SE9dPpGhHKqGwM9

Tsumagoi Panorama Line is a magic wide open picturesque winding and undulating road through north-western Gunma high country farmlands.

The Manza Highway is a fun rubber rounder that runs from Tsumagoi upto the often snow caked Manza hotspring area and provides a convenient back door to the epic 292 Shiga-Kusatsu Road, avoiding the tourists and traffic of Kusatsu.

Although it may look like these two roads intersect on maps, zoom right in and you’ll see that the Manza Highway flies over the Tsumagoi Panorama Line via a bridge.

Have a look. https://maps.app.goo.gl/UpX6YHkqoJTqqqSm8

Due to that, your navigation device of choice is going to follow a loop to link up these two great roads.

When you see this, you are on course. Just keep on riding.

So, when looking at your navigation map with route lines seemingly all over the place, don’t let fatigue befuddle your logic, which is easy to do at this stage of the ride. Just remember this section and stay on the Tsumagoi Panorama Line until you reach the T-junction at Rt.59 and turn right.

Oh, and when you get to the one and only toll gate on the whole route up there on the Manza Highway, do yourself a favour and check the weather up on the 292. It’s best to add layers or switch gloves there as there are few opportunities to pull off on the Manza Highway as it climbs @600 metres in @15 kilometres and can get cold fast!

The loopy loop…

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