Cyclers’ facility, hot-spring inn reopen in Naraha town after lifting of evacuation order

The Cycling Terminal facility and the Shiokaze-so “onsen” hot-spring inn at the Tenjin-misaki Sports Park in the town of Naraha resumed business on Sept. 19, two weeks after the central government lifted its evacuation order on Sept. 5 issued in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. A commemorative ceremony was held there and local residents celebrated the reopening of the town’s major tourist attractions, which underwent renovations ahead of the restart. About 100 town residents and guests attended the event. “These two facilities have been reborn into places where one can relax and enjoy oneself,” said town mayor Yukiei Matsumoto in his greetings. “I hope you all can feel refreshed in both the body and soul in our hometown Naraha.” A reopening gala was held at the site to celebrate the facilities’ renewal, attracting many families to enjoy themselves under a blue sky. The Cycling Terminal, which has lodging quarters, had its guest rooms renovated and elevators installed for the convenience of the elderly and handicapped. Meanwhile, the open-air onsen bath at Shiokaze-so was expanded to about 10 times its original size. (Translated by Kyodo News)