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Photo Journal: Route to revival


The Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route, which reopened to traffic after a five-month winter closure, is seen from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in the town of Nakanojo, Gunma Prefecture, on April 20, 2018. The route connects the towns of Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture, and Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture. Part of the route goes through an area previously designated a no-go zone after eruptions of Mount Kusatsu-Shirane's Motoshirane peak in late January. Though volcanic activity has calmed down, fallen ash can still be seen on the snow. Tourist industry figures in and around Kusatsu Hot Spring expect visitor numbers to rise after a severe dip caused by the eruption. (Mainichi)

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