Updated: December 08, 2017
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Kusatsu Onsen In Gunma, One Of The Most Famous Onsen Regions In Japan!

Gunma is an onsen lover's dream come true! Gunma is famous in Japan for being a beautiful onsen region. You definitely need to stop by at least once! We suggest where to go, what to visit and where to stay.

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Kusatsu Onsen 草津温泉

Kusatsu Onsen is possibly one of Japan's most famous onsen regions. Hot spring water is renown among the Japanese for its many health benefits.
Since this region is located in the mountains, it is also famous for skiing in winter, and for hiking during the other seasons.
What can possibly be more relaxing than entering a hot bath after a long day of skiing!
Kusatsu is well-known for the quality of its hot spring water, and since they have large quantities of it, they are able to provide water for other regions as well.
The region has an onsen resort, which is pretty much an onsen lover's dream come true!
Since the Edo period, they use the traditional way of cooling the water. In fact, you can watch performances held daily, where people are singing and dancing as a form of ritual.

Onsen price

When staying at a local ryokan (Japanese-style hotel) or hotel, you can normally use the facilities for free. However, if you are doing a one-day trip, some hotels open their doors to non-staying guests. It is usually between 500-1500 yen.

Access

<By train>
-From Tokyo station: The journey takes around 3 hours and is around 6,000 yen for a one-way trip. You can either take the Joetsu Shinkansen or the Hokuriku-Shinkansen and then switch to the Agatsuma Line and then hop on a bus from Naganohara-Kusatsugushi station.

-From Shinjuku station: You can either take the Chuo line to Tokyo station or the Yamanote line to Ueno station. Then the journey is the same as the one mentioned above.

<By bus>
There are many JR buses you can take to Kusatsu. The journey takes approximately 4 hours and costs about 3,300 yen.

Attractions

Kusatsu is located at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level and is surrounded by mountains. It is the perfect place to go hiking or skiing depending on the time of the year.
Yubatake is the symbol of the region and is quite impressive to see. "Yubatake" means hot water field and is the region's main source of onsen water.
The wooden conduits are used to cool down the water.
The Yumomi Performance is the traditional way to cool down water and can be seen every day!

Accomodations

AMMS Hotels Kusatsu Onsen Hotel Resort

Pic 01 http://www.kusatsu-resort.com
Kusatsu Onsen Hotel Resort offers Western and Japanese style rooms. There is also an outdoor and indoor onsen facility.
15-8 Kusatsu, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture

Ryokan Naraya

Img06 1 https://www.kusatsu-naraya.co.jp
This gorgeous ryokan is located in the Kusatsu-Onsen. They have both indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. This ryokan offers unique Japanese rooms with a modern Western twist.
Img03 https://www.kusatsu-naraya.co.jp
Kusatsu 396, Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture, Agatsuma

Finally...

Kusatsu is a beautiful place to visit in Gunma. There are wonderful onsens with healing properties, lovely ryokans to stay at, as well as many activities in the area. If you're looking to have a wonderful and relaxing vacation, this is definitely the place to go.
Lili Wanderlust
I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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