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One of Japan’s Best Onsen - Magical Japanese Onsen Oasis

Located 200 kilometers north-northwest of Tokyo, Kusatsu Onsen is a small hot spring town nestled in the mountains that offer various natural settings in each of the four seasons. A tourist town with a population of around 7,000, Kusatsu welcomes upwards of three million visitors each year.

 
Yubatake

The main attraction is the town's spa, which is chosen by the Japan's top travel agents as country's No. 1 hot spring for 15 consecutive years in the 100 Best Hot Springs in Japan! Also, chosen for admission into the Hot Spring Hall of Fame!
Kusatsu Onsen boasts the largest natural output of any hot spring in Japan.  The quantity enables all ryokans, hotels, and other hot spring facilities at Kusatsu Onsen to offer genuine “Gensen Kake-ngashi”-never having to recirculate, reheat, or otherwise taint the water. 
Kusatsu Onsen is also known for its hot spring water quality.  In only ten days, a 6-inch nail left in the hot spring is reduced to a mere skeletal shard. 
 


 
Kusatu onsen

“Yumomi” is traditional method,in Kusatsu, of cooling down hot spring water to bathing temperature without diluting mineral components of onsen. It has been traditionally carried out with singing and dancing with local folk songs every day.
 

 
Takishita street
Takishita street

 

Sai-no-Kawara street
Sai-no-Kawara street
 

Stretching out from the Yubatake are many winding roads lined with local shops and gorgeous ryokans.
 


 

Sai-no-Kawara Park
Sai-no-kawara Park
 

White land and green moss and leaves make quite a beautiful contrast.
There are onsen rivers and many small ponds.
 
 

Sai-no-Kawara outdoor bath
Sai-no-kawara outdoor bath
 

This, the largest outdoor bath in Kusatsu, is complemented by its rustic atmosphere. The 434m² bath is so large that water temperature variation naturally occurs.
In this facility, tattoos are allowed.


 
Lighting of Yubatake
Lighting of Yubatake

 
We can enjoy the beautiful lighting of Yubatake and Sai-no-kawara park.  We recommend to walk around town!

 
“Izakaya” Japanese styled bar
“Izakaya” Japanese styled bar
You can try local Japanese sake and delicious food!
 
Cuisine of Ryokan
Cuisine of Ryokan
 
Japanese styled room of Ryokan
Japanese styled room of Ryokan
 
Winter scernery
Winter scernery
 
Kusatsu Onsen ski resort
 
Kusatsu Onsen ski resort
 

Information of Kusatsu (Please click the text)

 

■You can check the road condition by live cam
■ Kusatsu Onsen, JAPAN - 4 Seasons - 4K (Ultra HD) / 草津温泉
 
<Access information by Car and Motorcycle>
■ 2 hours and a half from Nerima I.C. in Tokyo
■ Less than 4 hours from Narita airport
■Other access information 
In winter season, A lot of snow falls in Kusatsu Onsen area.   If you come Kusatsu Onsen during December to the beginning of April, please change to snow tires when the roads get icy and snowy.

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