Kusatsu Onsen Guide
Chosen as the top Onsen destination for many decade. If you are looking for an amazing Onsen experience in Japan, choose Kusatsu as your…
Onsen (Hot Spring)
There are about 100 Onsen spots in Kusatsu with 340,000 l per minute discharge of hot spring water. The springs were a well known resort for centuries but they became one of the best known of such locations after the water there was recommended for its health benefits by the German doctor Erwin von Baelz who taught medicine at Tokyo University.
It’s the biggest hot spring source in Kusatsu and and the main attraction of Kusatsu. Yubatake (hot water field) is located in a center of the town and many hotels and shops surrounded. Visitors enjoy walking around the steamy town in traditional outfits yukata(light kimono)& geta (wooden sandals).
Yumomi is traditional way to cool down hot water by large wooden paddles along Kusatsu’s local songs. Yumomi performance can be seen at Natsunoya (熱乃屋) which is located next to Yubatake. Natsunoya offers visitors opportunities to try Yumomi actitivy,too.
The most significant snack to try in Kusatsu is Onsen Manju. It’s a traditional Japanese sweets, soft steamed bun stuffed with red bean paste. Usually, Onsen water is used for dough and cooked with Onsen steam.
The adorable local mascot character Gunma chan. There are so many Gunma chan related goods sold in Kusatsu.
Many visitors don’t know that Kusatsu has Ski resort nearby. Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort offers several courses with gentle slopes suites for beginners or families. They provide free shuttle bus to/from Kusatsu Onsen area. Enjoy the greatest winter collaboration with Onsen and Ski!!
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