Kusatsu Onsen

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Yokohama, Japan26 contributions
Jul 2019
If you want to go to ONSEN in Japan, I would recommend Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture It's a four-hour express bus ride from Shinjuku. In the heart of the historic town is a hot spring called Yubatake, which smells a little like eggs. Women in kimonos sing songs and stir the boards to cool the water. The lyrics of the song say, "All sicknesses except for love can be cured in this hot water". If you stay one night, you can enjoy an old Japanese hot spring resort.
Written June 7, 2020
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Singapore2,196 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
My wife and I decided to make a trip to Kusatsu Onsen during our trip to Tokyo as we saw that it was rated as the number 1 onsen in Japan for more than 10 years in a row. To get to Kusatsu Onsen, we decided to go by shinkensen so we bought the 3D Kanto Region Pass which cost 8,300 yen. Since we stayed at Tokyo Metropolitan Hotel before our trip to Kusatus, we took the following to Kusatsu Onsen:

1) Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo Stn to Takasaki Stn (Trip time 1 hr 3 mins)
2) Takasaki Stn to Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Stn on Limited Kusatsu Express (Trip time 1 hr 5 mins). Take note that there are only 2 trips daily for this train. We took the 12 noon train (Kusatsu 2). The other train should be in the afternoon.
3) Naganohara-kusatsuguchi stn to Kusatsu Onsen by JR Kanto Bus (Travel time 25-30 mins, JPY 700). Take note that you board the bus and pay the driver when you get off the bus at the Kusatsu Onsen terminal. The bus schedule is according to the schedule of the Kusatsu Limited Express Train. If you take the local train the naganohara kusatsuguchi stn, you will probably have to take a cab to kusatsu onsen which will set you back around JPY7000+.

Kusatsu Onsen is a pretty small onsen town. Most hotels & inns are probably a 5 min walking distance to the middle of the town where the Yubatake is at. This is the main attraction of the town and also where you will be able to buy souvenirs and have your breakfast, lunch or dinner if you did not purchase a meal plan with your hotel reservation.

Two souvenirs that you should buy are the manju sweet cakes and the yunohana bath salts. These are only sold at Kusatsu Onsen. Do take note that if you want to buy t-shirts, the sizes are pretty small. The LL sizes are probably a size smaller than what I normally get in Singapore.

The best manju cake is from a shop at the end of the road next to the 7-11 store. Walk all the way straight to the end of the road. Name of the shop is called 長寿店. As for the yunohana salts you can get them from the shop at the entrance of the Sai-no-Kawara Park. It is much cheaper to get from there rather than the souvenir shops which have them in fancy box packagings.

There is a foot bath at the exit/entrance of the kusatsu onsen bus terminal but the bath is extremely hot. There is another foot bath at the yubatake and the onsen temperature is more reasonable there.

Enjoy the photos I have taken of Kusatsu Onsen for my trip.
Written August 10, 2015
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11 contributions
Sep 2012 • Friends
In my recent self-planned trip to Japan, I have included Kusatsu as one of the 'must-go' places.

Took a train from Shinjuku to Ueno then transfer to a limitied train heading all the way to Naganoharakusatsu-guchi. From there we boarded a bus which headed all the way to my destination - Kusatsu.
We checked into one of a local ryokan which equipped with indoor & outdoor onsen - that's what I love most.
Of course the draw to this place besides onsen is some of the attractions - Yubatake is definitely one of them. This is so-called the symbol of Kusatsu.Be it day or night, you will see people gathering around this place. Especially in the night, everyone strolled to this place in their yukata......
Over here, you can see many mini public foot-bath where people enjoyed soaking their legs into hot onsen.
Go watch the Yomomi performance - short interesting 30 mins with participation allowed. Sainokawara park is also a place to visit - hot spring water ccan be seen oozing from the grounds to form pools and streams. Here you have the infamous Sainokawara Rotemuro, large gender-separated outdoor hot spring pools.
Shopping and eating along the street adjacent to Yubatake is fantastic - Sainokawara-dori.

Of course Kusatsu is also a skiing -spot but I have to give it a miss this round. Nice place if you want to leave the 'noises' from urban cities. Simple, relaxing in a friendly getaway.
Written October 6, 2012
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Malcolm B
Lancashire134 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
On the face of it, Kusatsu Onsen town seems a very ordinary place When visited in the spring after the snows have gone. However first appearances can be deceiving. Kusatsu is the home of large number of onsen driven by the volcanically heated waters that emerge in springs all across the town. The most obvious spring is the one in the town centre which is a unique focal point. I visited the Sainokawara Rotemburo open-air hot springs which can be found in Sainokawara park a short walk from the town centre and very much enjoyed the experience of soaking in warm water while being in the open air.The town itself is nice to walk around with many small shops and a good selection of foods.

Getting to Kusatsu from Tokyo requires two trains and a bus. This is not as complicated as it sounds and if you have JR Railcard whole journey is no extra cost. To get to Kusatsu, I took the Joetsu shinkansen from Ueno station to Takasaki. Then changed trains to go to Naganoharakusatsuguchi Station. From the station I took that JR bus to Kusatsu.
Written May 2, 2018
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Singapore, Singapore205 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
Kusatsu Hot Spring, Gunma Prefecture

This place is heaven! I’m told it is the ski and onsen get-away place for people in Tokyo. It’s very beautiful but very cold at -11 deg today. Heavy snow started to fall yesterday afternoon! Perfect place for onsen!

If you do visit here, book a ryokan instead of a hotel. You get an in-room onsen for your private use anytime of the day. All onsens in Kusatsu receive their hot water from this central source. I’ve tried it and it leaves your skin really smooth. Remember NOT to rinse after a good soak.

Traveling here was a challenge for me:
Ueno/Tokyo to Takasaki - JR Hokuriku or Joetsu Shinkansen
Takasaki to Naganoharakusatsuguchi Station - JR train (Akagi or Agatsuma Line)
Naganoharakusatsuguchi Station to Kusatsu - Kusatsu Bus (¥700 Cash when you alight)

Try to stay at least 2 days to truly enjoy its beauty. Note that snow can reach >1m deep in February. — at 草津温泉 湯畑
Written December 31, 2017
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Tokyo, Japan61 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
If you want spend couple of days away from Tokyo, feeling nature and relaxed in hot bath, Kusatsu-Onsen must be one of your choice.
You only need to ride highway bus, named 'Yumeguri-go', from Shinjuku-station bus terminal and in 4hrs, you will arrive to Kusatsu-Onsen(the last stop).
There, you can experience very traditional Japanese hot spring village. People are walking around wearing kimonos of their hotels, the Manju(Japanese sweet) sellers are offering free Manju as sample, and what attracts the most is mixture of food and sulfur smell coming from centre of village.
There are several hot springs in the village including the outside bath, where you can feel like bathing in the nature. They offer some public bath for tourists and they are free of entrance(but be careful they are killingly hot). When you go any pubic or private bath please respect the local rules and do not enter the water unless you had wet yourself with couple scoops of hot water and usually the use of soap is prohibited. The acidic water will turn your skin smooth and soft(but avoid to put them on your face they are too strong for face skin).
The village is surrounded by full of nature. There are several hiking courses and plenty of wild flowers.
So, if you want have little time out of busy Tokyo, I would totally recommend to visit Kusatsu-Onsen village.
Written December 3, 2015
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83 contributions
Nov 2013 • Family
It ranks number 1 onsen in Japan and I totally agree with that. It was easy to get too and lot of attraction around it. Onsen is the best and during winter time when snowing, it was just like a dream to me.
Written August 25, 2014
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Ted C
La Mesa, CA194 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
As a combined anniversary, her birthday and my birthday present to ourselves my wife and I went over to Kusatsu, one of Japan's more famous hot spring and onsen areas. Three days in all; $627 each for round trip express train ticket from Hachioji in western Tokyo. Note food service is not available on the train ride up so buy a box lunch and a can of beer or soft drink to eat on the way. Bus service is available from Shinjuku Station.

We stayed at Naraya Ryokan which cost $686 each for two nights including a most excellent dinnera very ample breakfast and a cup of coffee in the lobby in the morning. The inn is a traditional ryokan with large rooms which include a bath tub should you choose to bathe in your room rather than in the large onsen on the first floor. Meals are served in private dining rooms on the first floor rather than in your room. There are a number of other hotels in the town which has been living on the tourist trade for some 500 years. Most are somewhat to greatly less expensive than the one we chose, but we did not want the hustle and bustle of buffet dinner and breakfast. Not much English seems to be spoken where we stayed, but one of our waiters was a young college graduate who I feel sure has at least modest command of spoken English and can probably box your ears on points of grammar since this is the emphasis in foreign language teaching in Japan.

If you are quite language challanged the Kusatsu Hotel appears better equipped to handle non-Japanese speaking guests and while an older building is very close to the outdoor onsen and looks to be a first class establishment.

We were there on a Monday, Tues. and Wed so we missed the weekend crowds and we were told that they do an equally if not more brisk business during the ski season.

Not a lot to do in the conventional sense, however the very large outdoor onsen which is part of a National park should not be missed, and a trip up to the top of the near by volcano to see a small turquoise blue crater lake is well worth the 1,100 yen round trip ticket. Plan on spending most of a day to do the ride up to the summit, hiking to the overlook, and then a good long soak in the afternoon at the outdoor onsen. Then spending the evening after dinner walking about the town in yukata and zori makes for an interesting evening of people watching. The sidewalks are pretty well rolled up by 10 pm so if you are a night owl bring a book to read until you are ready to tuck yourself under a futon on a mattress on a tatami mat floor.

Written July 27, 2012
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Dallas, TX44 contributions
Aug 2013
My family owns a condo here and I visit here regularly since I was young.
I love the onsen here. You won't feel muscle pain after skiing all day and even night ski if you soak yourself in this water. Yobatake is very interesting and must see. After yubatake, you should take a walk to saino kawara.
Written September 5, 2013
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Tokyo, Japan63 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
Kusatsu fills up with tourists from Tokyo during long holiday weekends. About half of the people strolling through town wear geta (those wooden platform-like sandals that go clickety-clack) and yukata (lightweight summer kimonos). And while the town, dominated by eye-sore architecture, is anything but charming, it has a vibe that will intoxicate you.

Everybody's relaxed. Everyone has a smile on their face. People are enjoying the blue skies, gazing up at the lush green hillsides, breathing in the forest-scented air.

But in the middle of town, some of us Westerners are also wondering what the sulfuric odor filling our nostrils is. That would be the hot-spring water. It streams through the town. It streams down hillsides. It's everywhere. Clouds of steam even form in nearby valleys. It's why people come to Kusatsu. So go ahead, take a dip in it. It feels good.

About a 10-minute walk from the center of town is a public onsen, purportedly the largest in Japan. The townspeople will swear to you that the water has health benefits and that soaking in it can help to heal burns (it can, but it also stings the irritated tissue like nobody's business). Even if you haven't suffered a recent rope burn, the baths will make your skin supple again. I'm not talking skin-lotion soft, I'm talking youthfully soft.

If you're coming to Japan for a vacation, don't miss Kusatsu Onsen. Plan to spend a weekend in this little town that time forgot. I promise it will be the highlight of your trip. Except, of course, if you can't get over that whole naked-in-public thing.
Written July 18, 2012
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