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“Powder snow, crab meat buffet, & hotsprings!”

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Kusatsu Now Resort Hotel
Tokyo
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“Powder snow, crab meat buffet, & hotsprings!”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Late Feb. does not always happen to see a good condition of the ski field.
However, this Kusatsu resort located in a mountainous area back behind the grate Kanto field, where only two and half hour drive from Tokyo. There was also a limo service from Tokyo with a reasonable price, so I brought my parent, husband's parent, with my family to spend relaxing holiday. We enjoyed skiing, especially 8 year old son started enjoying a long trail down hill for 8 km course, it was thrilling for him, but enjoyable for me to be accompanied with!

Dinner buffet was not that gourgious, but family with kids may be expect hospitality.
Go to the bunker hall earlier or later than others, to avoid waiting in a hungry condition.
Crab meat from Japan sea was gourgious!

Enjoyed karaoke after dinner with all family member, this is one of the main event for all of us.
It's unusual for both parents, to enjoy karaoke with their grandson!
And finally hotsprings was 24-7service, so that go anytime even during midnight after kids go to bed.
Variety of hotsprings in the hotel, and even public hotsprings are really relaxing.
Good trip in a reasonable price, not too gourgious but spend good time was achieved at this type of hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 23, 2009

We had been in Tokyo for 8 days and decided to visit some authentic Japanese hot springs for a few days. We booked this hotel and our train ticket, and upon arriving into town, we were absolutely stunned by the beauty that was the town. It's a gorgeous part of the world. The hotel is very nice and feels like a typical snow cabin that you'd stay in at any mountain range anywhere in the world. The staff were kind, although our Japanese was extremely broken and they didn't speak very good English. We were by far the youngest people there (all 23, whereas everyone there was elderly) and aside from the Australian bellhop, who seemed uncannily out of place in the town, we were the only Westerners there. The pools in the hotel were fantastic and very soothing.

There was one major downfall about the entire experience though, and that's that it is not very open to foreigners. Unless you speak a little Japanese, I wouldn't recommend visiting this town. It's an area for Japanese tourists, not for foreign tourists, although we were made to feel very, very welcome. The hotel itself is great, and our room was basic but cosy. The food was good, and all of the old Japanese people laughed at us because we ate so much. We ended up talking and making friends with an old WWII Kamikaze pilot in the pools. Just an example of how welcoming and accepting the people are in the town and hotel, even if you don't speak very good Japanese.

If getting a major culture shock isn't your cup of tea, I wouldn't recommend this part of Japan. However, it is a great experience and a nice hotel if you want something extremely different from Western culture.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 13, 2009

This was a very Japanese expereince- we encountered only one other Westerner on the entier trip to Kusatsu - an Austrailan bellhop who disappeared after check in only to mysteriously reappear two days later when we were checking out. So if you are not with someone who speaks Japanese this may not be the place for you. The room was a little worn and had a musty smell. But the hot baths were great and the little town very picturesque. If you decide to go though, it is a little remote and the directions on the website are not helpful. They say you can get a bus from the Karuizawa JR station for 980 yen that will drop you at the resort's front door but dont' tell you that bus runs only twice a day - around 11 and 4. We arrived in Karuizawa around 1:30 and ended up on another bus that took a circuituous route, cost 2200 yen and dropped you in town where we had to take a cab to the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2009
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Property: Kusatsu Now Resort Hotel
Address: 750 Kusatsu, Agatsuma-gun, Kusatsu-machi 377-1711, Gunma Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Gunma Prefecture > Agatsuma-gun > Kusatsu-machi > Kusatsu Onsen
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Kusatsu-machi
#4 Onsen Hotel in Kusatsu-machi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kusatsu Now Resort Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kusatsu Onsen is extremely famous for great hot springs and the beauty of nature. Kusatsu Now Resort Hotel is a European-style onsen resort hotel located at elevation 1200 meters and nestled amid the quiet forests of Japanese birch and larch.The travel from Tokyo to the hotel takes only 2 hours 20 minutes by taking a train, a bus and our shuttle bus. Taking Shinkansen from Tokyo to Karuizawa provides an easy access to our hotel.3 features of hot springs in Kusatsu Onsen are: 1. The largest amount of naturally hot water in Japan. 2. The hot water in the baths is directly from hot springs. 3. The hot water has strong disinfecting properties.Our special Kusatsu Big Baths include a wide variety of indoor and outdoor baths, which are open 24 hours a day. In the peaceful surroundings, enjoy a relaxing soak in the onsen water of Kusatsu Onsen. Private onsen baths with 'Hinoki' cypress and the 'Shigarakiyaki' ceramic bath also available.The hotel has an indoor heated pool and another pool for kids. The hotel also has tennis courts, putting golf courses and a ping pong room. Among other hotels, our hotel is the closest to the Kusatsu Kokusai Ski Resort. Our place is enjoyable throughout the year. ... more   less 
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