We’d have never known about the Edoyu Spa except for the slim Wallpaper* Tokyo Guide. It’s an amazing introduction to the culture of Japanese bathing and so it’s without reservation, though not without a hip-mod grimace, that I recommend these travel guides.
State Road 2 runs north-south for 52 miles following an old stage route. It’s marked as the Southern Emigrant Trail of 1849 which was a clever marketing scheme of some of the local Chamber of Commerce men.
At exactly half-way, the geothermal springs of Agua Caliente lie in a fissure along the edge of the mountains beckoning to the weary cyclist to stop for a soak.