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Address: Kusatsu, Agatsuma-gun, Kusatsu-machi 377-1711 , Gunma Prefecture
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Kusatsu is recognized along with Gero and Arima as one of Japan's three...

Kusatsu is recognized along with Gero and Arima as one of Japan's three most famous hot spring resorts. The Yubatake (Hot Water field) is a central meeting and sightseeing spots in Kusatsu Onsen. This is the source water field for the bubbling Onsen water supplied throughout Kusatsu village. An abundant quality of hot water with a strong acidity of pH2.1, gives the water strong anti-bacterial powers with superior therapeutic and spiritual qualities, and has attracted many people for hundreds of years. The Yubatake (hot water field) is the symbol of Kusatsu Hot Spring. Located in the center of the spa resort, Yubatake is the source of hot springs that gush some 4,000 liters of hot water per minute amid clouds of rising steam. This so-called "hot water field" is surrounded by a promenade made of ceramic roof tiles and there is even a bench in the shape of Mt. Shirane, a nearby volcano. Here, visitors can stroll after taking a bath and relax while enjoying the unusual and very warming atmosphere of this unrivaled resort.

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Lovely town centre area which is very different from anything else I have encountered. Great place for people watching.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2016
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Bathurst, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Lovely town centre area which is very different from anything else I have encountered. Great place for people watching.

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KusatsuonsenKK, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about this very unique Japan destination. We do hope you will be back to enjoy the seasons as the adorn the area with color and excitement. More 

Los Angeles, CA Area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

It's is a big hot spring water flow surrounded by small shops, restaurants, and hotels. It is good for short walk, but due to strong surfer smell, as you would expect, I could not stay around for long.

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KusatsuonsenKK, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you for doing your write up here. You are right that the smell can be quite strong but once you become accustomed to it, it begins to fill you with warmth and make you feel a type of comfort in this very unique area of Japan. More 

hong kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

A little onsen town with many shops. It is a historical site having many famous persons came and visit. Little onsen town but the onsen is so great! Worth to come and spent 2-3 hours here.

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KusatsuonsenKK, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you kindly for your excellent write up. We hope you will be able to come and spend a few days sometime during the year as the hot spring is very unique and can really rejuvenate the skin. More 

Hong Kong, China
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

It's amazing. You will never get tired of it. Sometimes clear, sometimes smoky, sometimes hot, sometimes windy, sometimes strong & smelly, sometimes just gentle like river... No matter it is day time or night time, sunny or cloudy, you will can feel it with different mood. Very nice neighborhood also.

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Thank fanlisa
KusatsuonsenKK, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about our unique location. We are so happy you appreciated how beautiful the steam and colors of the Yubatake can be. Please come back and visit us again some time. More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Spent 1 night in kusatsu - I would recommend coming to check Yubatake during the day and night, beautifully lit up! I would highly recommend spending 1-2 nights in Kusatsu

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KusatsuonsenKK, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We very much agree that it would be good to stay for one or two nights. There will be more and more special lighting events around the Yubatake as we go forward to please come and visit us again soon. More 

New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

Duck out of Tokyo to the clean mountain air. The train ride is half the fun. Scenic and easy to navigate. Went to an onsen in town while there to avoid the tourism. Amazing place

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KusatsuonsenKK, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review and also for the on-point tips you provide. We hope that our undiscovered and slightly-out-of-the-way location will keep Yubatake a great find for adventurous visitors. Please do come and visit us again. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

The Yubatake is amazing. Right in the centre of town, this boiling, steaming, open hot water field. We first saw it in the rain and it was under a cover of steam. The next day it was cloudy but no rain so not as much steam about. We went back at night as as the temperature dropped the steam increased.... More 

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KusatsuonsenKK, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. You are right that the photo variations that can be enjoyed here are truly unique and special. The steam and general layout of the town really make it a one-of-a-kind location. We hope you will visit us again soon. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This so-called "hot spring field" allows you to see what the water that fills all the baths around town looks like in its natural state. It is pretty striking as is the smell of sulphur that fills the area. This is the center of Kusatsu, with lots of shops and restaurants around. You can't come here and not see this!

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KusatsuonsenKK, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing this review. We really appreciate your comment that Yubatake is a must-see. The colors and steam truly make it a special experience and we hope you will come visit us again soon. More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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317 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Here's the source of the Kusatsu hot spring where is fantastic and mysterious atmosphere.They have lots of shops which is great for souvenirs.

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1 Thank LilyBG
KusatsuonsenKK, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing this review. We appreciate the word "mysterious" that you used and we could not agree more. Please come and enjoy this special location again when you can. More 

Toronto, Canada
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44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

This is an eye opener for me and my wife. Very nice and warm to walk around. Never thought wooden pipe can sustain this kind of water flow and temperature. Applaud the Japanese for this wonderful work.

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1 Thank Kibiibss
SKAWASHiMa, Public Relations Manager at Yubatake, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comment and we are so happy you had a great time at Kusatsu! You are right, it is amazing that the wooden structures can handle such varying temperatures. We hope to welcome you back again soon! More 

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