Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane

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Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane
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Reg L
15 contributions
Area closed but still a nice walk with great views of the surrounding
Oct 2018 • Couples
As per October 2018, the area is closed up to a certain point. I suggest that you get a map and explanations about where to walk from the tourist centre in the bus station.

We took a forest walk of 5h return towards the right side of the Shirane mountain. You cannot see the lakes but some smoke from the volcano. You can carry on to Mount Yokote to finish your walk on the highest peak around with stunning autumn views of the valley.

There is another walk we couldn't do as we stayed only for 1 day which goes towards the left of the mountain. We heard it was a very nice walk and that there is a beautiful lake to rest at. This walk is shorter but I am not sure about the view points.

My advice is: go to Kusatsu even if the volcano is active, you will still be able to see plenty even if not the main attractions.
Written October 30, 2018
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rockstem
Baltimore, MD46 contributions
Area Closed
Oct 2018 • Couples
My hotel informed me that the danger level had been raised from a level 1 to a level 2 and therefore this area was closed to visitors at this time.
Written October 23, 2018
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clocher23
Canada27 contributions
Nature's beauty
Oct 2017 • Couples
The water color was truly mysterious and awesome. It's a bit of hiking up to the peak and you can't see the lake up close these days, but it's worth it. Just one thing, I wish the weather wasn't too foggy and drizzly!
Written October 4, 2017
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Peter Choy
Hong Kong, China4,106 contributions
Quite an experience on the ride...
Jun 2017 • Couples
Arriving at the base of the ropeway, the weather was still sunny and nice. We decided to take the ropeway to the mountain and see the famous volcanic lake there. The cable car was quite small in size, accommodating 4 person only. And along the way we saw beautiful scenery outside.

After maybe half-way though, things have changed quite rapidly with the wind picking up strongly and rain started to fall. At one stage the cable way was swinging so much that the cable car had to stop for a while for the wind to slow down sufficiently to continue. And even though it was already early Jun we saw snow still on the ground in many places.

I had the impression that maybe we couldn't take the cable down, and it turned out to be true. By the time we arrived at the top, after quite a scary ride (but fun!) we first saw snow falling. Yes, it was falling from the sky and not just on the ground. The temperature was only 6 degree Celsius at the station and outside I bet it should be around zero.

The wind and rain-snow was so strong that we could only wait inside the station, and after a while there was an announcement that the cable car was closed and we were asked whether we would want to go down by the bus. So unfortunately we could not walk around and see the volcanic lake.

It was really disappointing though we also experienced an interesting and fun ride. Just more reason for me to come back again.
Written July 1, 2017
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mordecai12
Singapore, Singapore112 contributions
Cable car and hike with wonderful views
Jun 2017 • Couples
This is one attraction that majority of tourists to Kusatsu miss. Don't miss this. You get to see where all the water at Kusatsu come from. If you hike up Mount Shirane to the crater, you can get a wonderful view of not just the surroundings, but also the turquoise water of the craggy crater. Having travelled to see some volcanoes in the past, (mostly visitors aren't allowed to get near craters) , this is the first time I could get close enough to see the crater and it's a special sight. You also get a good work-out on the hike up ( about 40 mins return on the hike up the crater) too.
Tip 1 : Take the 15-min bus from kusatsu bus station ( uphill ). The bus will stop at the cablecar station. Get down and take the 10-min cable car ride. Please note the timing of the return bus. Take a picture of the timings.
Tip 2 : On the ride up, notice the unique volcanic landscape with remnants of previous eruptions (long ago).
Tip 3 : Once you get down from the cablecar ride, turn right and follow the road till you see a huge carpark lot (many people drive up). That takes about 15-20 mins.
Tip 4 : At the building on the right, you can have coffee, ice cream and pastry. Also use the bathroom.
Tip 5 : Walk through the carpark lot towards the crater. You'll see a stony path. Wear good walking footwear.
Tip 6 : The whole excursion took close to 3 hours (from the bus station n return) for us. Therefore to do this hike, it's best you get to Kusatsu bus station by 10am or 11am. And get back to Kusatsu town by 2pm. Remember it's a mountain n it probably would get colder after 4pm.

Best of all, all the aches on my leg disappeared with a good soak at the onsen.
Written June 27, 2017
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cittabella
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,314 contributions
One of the highlights in Kusatsu
Oct 2016 • Solo
The hot spring water in Kusatsu originates from Mt Shirane. Therefore, one's trip to Kusatsu is not complete until he or she visits Mt Shirane.

I took a bus from Kusatsu station to the base of Mt Shirane. There's a restaurant, selling ramen, soba, soft ice cream, etc. at reasonable price, just next to the car park.

The cable car ride cost ¥1,500 for a return ticket. The ride was quite interesting as the leaves were beginning to change colour. Volcanic stones can be seen while on the cable car ride. It was quite windy once reaching the top. There's a cafe at the station.

It's a pity that due to the recent volcanic activity, the crater is closed to visitors. So one cannot simply wonder about in the vicinity. I was told the water at the crater was in deep green and it's really beautiful.
Written November 7, 2016
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geniegal
Melbourne, Australia512 contributions
Crater Area Closed But Still Worth A Trip
Apr 2016
We took the JR bus up to the start of the Shirane Ropeway. If you have a JR Rail Pass the bus is free, if not, you can get a local bus up for ¥300 (I think). The Ropeway was ¥1500 return. Let me say, it is well worth it. Once you get to the top there is a little mini bus that will take you on a short distance. It's free but the commentary from the driver is in Japanese. The actual trip to the crater is closed but you still get a look across the landscape and Lake Yumiike.
Written April 28, 2016
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John B
Chofu, Japan109 contributions
Ropeway working; top is still exclusion zone
Oct 2015 • Friends
Due to recent volcanic activity the public cannot get right to the top. But you can still take the cable car and the October views are just beginning to show the autumn colours around the base area. There is a small bus taking tourists onward to view the crater from a distance. And a couple of the other ski lifts were working if you fancy a hike on the unrestricted bits.
Nice, but not essential viewing, worth doing if you're passing through the area.
Written October 13, 2015
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KK L
Koto, Japan338 contributions
It has been suspended
Jul 2015 • Couples
For those you plan to visit the mt shirane, please note that its not open for public to visit due to the activeness of the volcano. Hope it will reopen soon. The road to the mountain still open but cannot stop by.
Written July 24, 2015
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sashimi399
Minato, Japan271 contributions
Most Highest Road
Dec 2013 • Friends
This is the highest national road located at altitude 2142m. The view from the point is amazing. From Nozori Lake, via Manza, to Mt. Shirane, it takes few hours, so you can do in a day trip. Please enjoy the splendid view from the point.
N 36° 39.640 E 138° 32.116
Written January 26, 2014
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