This route departs from Kumagaya Station and heads for Seibu Chichibu Station. I thought it would go up quite a bit, but it was surprisingly flat. Although the distance is a little longer than 53km, it is a course full of highlights along the way, such as the newly opened Fukaya Hanazono Premium Outlets and Nagatoro, Saitama's premier tourist attraction. Also, the Chichibu Railway runs along the line, so even if you have trouble, you can escape by train, making it a safe route for beginners.
Start at Kumagaya Station. It is a central city in northern Saitama where the Shinkansen also stops. Mazu pottered around the city just a little bit. Take photos at the Katakura Silk Museum by Takagi Shrine and Seikeien.
After that, I headed west on the main road that runs parallel to Arakawa and Chichibu Railway, but on the way I saw Saitama Kaiun Yakuyoke Daishi and Ryusenji Temple, so I decided to stop by. Another good thing about cycling is that you can run on unplanned routes. As an aside, if there are about 100 reviews about a place that you are interested in, you will want to stop by. Ryusen-ji Temple seems to be fairly well-known in the local area, and there were quite a few worshipers. Return to the route again and go to Fukaya Hanazono Premium Outlets. I don't go shopping because I'm cycling, but I would like to see the hot spots. A new station has also been built, and there are places that look good for photos.
After leaving the outlet, the next destination is Yorii Town's Hachigata Castle Ruins. Castles and castle ruins are usually uphill, and this place is no exception. There is also a museum, so if you like history, it might be good to visit the museum.
After passing Yorii, head to the Nagatoro area. Because National Route 140 has a bypass (bicycles are not allowed). There is not much traffic, but there are many curves along the Arakawa River, so please be careful. Once you enter the Nagatoro area, the number of tourists increases dramatically. Leave the Nagatoro area after visiting the classic Iwadatami and Hodosan Shrine.
After passing the Nagatoro area, head to Seibu Chichibu Station. On the way, there is a shrine called Hijiri Shrine, which is quite famous in the local area. Wado Kaichin, the first effect of Japanese money, is enshrined, so it feels like a god of fortune. After that, after passing Chichibu Shrine, which is famous for its night festival, Seibu Chichibu Station is approaching.