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Kusatsu Onsen

Itinerary for a Day Trip to Kusatsu Onsen: Access, Orientation and Transportation

Kusatsu Onsen is located in the Gunma Prefecture just north of Tokyo and is one of the three most popular Onsens in Japan! Kusatsu Onsen exudes a retro style bringing visitors back in time and whether you are returning from Tokyo after a day trip or staying in a local Japanese Ryokan for one night, a trip here is highly recommended.

Where is Kusatsu Onsen?

Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen is located in the Gunma Prefecture just north of Tokyo and is one of the three most popular Onsens in Japan along with Arima Onsen in the Hyogo Prefecture and the Gero Onsen in Gifu. In addition to the abundant amount of hot springs, there are many local attractions and great places to eat. Kusatsu Onsen exudes a retro style bringing visitors back in time and whether you are returning from Tokyo after a day trip or staying in a local Japanese Ryokan for one night, a trip here is highly recommended.

Access from Tokyo Station
●Take the Shinkansen to Takasaki Station, transfer to the JR train towards Nagano Hara-Kusatsu. Transfer to the JR Bus for about two and a half hours, one-way 5,980 yen. (Recommended! Tokyo Wide Area Pass. Be Careful as JR Highway buses are not covered by the Pass!)

●Take the Shinkansen to Karuizawa Staion,Transfer to the KUSAKARU-KOTSU BUS(IC card cannot be used),A total of approximately two and a half hours one-way, 7,380 yen (Recommended! Tokyo Wide Area Pass. Be Careful as JR Highway buses are not covered by the Pass!)

● Kusatsu Express Bus
4 hours one way, 3,600 yen. (Early bird tickets available in advance.)

 

Kusatsu Onsen Attractions

Kusatsu Onsen Attractions

Kusatsu Onsen is a natural hot spring area where hundreds of natural hotsprings surround the area. The “Tonkai” is the largest one of Kusatsu Onsen’s wellsprings. Since there are around 5,000 liters of natural spring water flowing per minute, the hot springs are mainly sent to various hotels through bamboo water pipes.
Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen’s springs are emerald green and the temperature is quite high. The minerals also collect together to form a quite unique hotspring crystal.

Kusatsu Onsen

There is a free foot spa for the tourists to rest and dip their feet. The pH level of the spring water is 2.05 and is considered to be a very acidic hot spring (the main ingredients include: sulfur, aluminum, sulfate, chlorine compounds, etc.), and the smell thick sulfur is very noticeable.

Kusatsu Onsen

As the sky turns dark, the lights around the area will light up, and the dense fog of the hot springs will mix with the projected light to create quite a unique atmosphere.

Kusatsu Onsen

The color of the light is mainly orange and purple. It will also change over time, emitting a completely different view from the daytime.

Kusatsu Onsen

Address: 377-1711 Gunma Prefecture, Agatsuma District, Kusatsucho, Kusatsu

Access: 2 minute walk from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

Time: 24 hours

 

Kosenji Temple

Kosenji Temple

Kosenji Temple was founded in the Nara era and is said to be created to pray for recovery. This desginated cultural property draws many who are involved in the medical field to come and pray.

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Looking down from the stairs, visitors can take in the panoramic views of the surrounding businesses!

Kosenji Temple

Address: 446 Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1711

Access: 1 minute walk from the Kusatsu Bus Terminal

Time: 24 hours

Phone:0279-88-2224

Website: Kosenji Temple (Japanese)

 

Kusatsu Onsen Netsu no Yu

Kusatsu Onsen Netsu no Yu

Known as Yumomi, is a unique way to cool down the temperature of the hotspring water by using large wooden paddles to swish the water back and forth while singing old folk songs. Visitors are invited to come take part in this truly unique activity but it is highly recommended to bring a change of clothes as you will get wet.

Netsu no Yu

Address: 414 KusatsuKusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1711

Access: 2 minute walk from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

Time:
9:30 am to 4:30 pm (6 shows per day)
Price: Adult 600 yen, Children 300 yen
Show Times:
9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am
3:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm
*The visitor participation experience is limited to weekends
Price: 250 yen (for visitors elementary school age and above)
Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.
Phone: 0279-88-3613

Website: Netsu no Yu (Japanese)
* You can get a 50 yen discount by using the coupon on the official website. 5 person limit.

 

Sainokawara Park

Sainokawara Park

Located near the main shopping district, Sainokawara Park is one of the main attractions of Kusatsu Onsen.

Sainokawara Park

In addition to providing free foot baths in the park, there are pavilions and seats for tourists to relax.

Sainokawara Park

Many years ago, a German doctor, Dr. Bealz, promoted Kusatsu Onsen which quickly elevated the local reputation. Not only his statue can be seen in the park, but there is also the “Bealz Memorial Hall” and “Bealz Spa Center” and “Bealz Avenue”.

Sainokawara Park

There is an open-air hot spring located at the rear of the park. Not only is the space of the bath spacious, but also the number of tourists is much less. The fare is 600 yen for adults and for children is 300 yen (this does not include towels).
Sainokawara Park

Walk up the trail behind the open-air hot springs and you will arrive at the ski slopes with a road to beautiful snow white Mountain.

Sainokawara Park

As the sky becomes darker, the park will also light up. The colorful colors reflect in the snow and water with the drifting steam, creating a charming and romantic atmosphere.

Sainokawara Park

Address: 521-3 KusatsuKusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1711

Access: 15 minute walk from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

Time: The park is 24 hours, the open air bath is from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm (April 1st – November 30th) and 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (December 1st – March 31st).

Phone: 0279-88-0800

Website: Sainokawara Park (Japanese)

 

Shirane Shrine

Shirane Shrine

The Historic Shirane Shrine is another great visiting destination and was founded hundreds of years ago by Yamato Takeru who was a prince of the Yamato Dynasty. The surrounding nature makes the Shirane Shrine well worth the visit.

Shirane Shrine

Address: 538 KusatsuKusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1711

Access: 10 minute walk from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

Time: 24 hours

Phone: 0279-88-3768

 

Otakinoyu Onsen

Otakinoyu Onsen

There are many hot spring hotels and Nissei hot springs in Kusatsu, the most recommended of which is Otakinoyu Onsen. The high quality baths help to improve nerve pain, joint pain, and chronic digestive symptoms. There is a large communal bath, sauna room and open-air hot springs.
Otakinoyu Onsen

There are also free lockers and rest spaces, a restaurant and accompanying saloons inside. Its ideal for relaxing after visiting other attractions.

Otakinoyu Onsen

Address: 596-13 KusatsuKusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1711

Access: 10 minute walk from Kusatsu Osen Station

Time: 9 am – 9 pm
*Last entrance is 8:00 pm

Price: Adults 900 yen, Children 400 yen

Phone: 0279-88-2600

Website: Otakinoyu Onsen (Japanese)

 

Kusatsu Onsen Foods

Onsen Tamago

Kusatsu Onsen Tamago

Kusatsu’s unique hot spring eggs, Onsen Tamago, are soaked in the spring water for a long time to deepen the overall taste and aroma.

 

Mikuni Soba

Kusatsu Mikuni Soba

A long line of hungry customers is a normal sight at Mikuni Soba. The Soba noodles are divided into two types; hot and cold. Not only is the serving size sufficient, but the noodles are also quite chewy.
Kusatsu Mikuni Soba

There are 9 courses of signature soba noodles at Mikuni Soba, which is perfect for sharing with friends. Visitors can also dip the noodles into a special sauce made by the store to enhance the flavor. If you like soba noodles, don’t miss out!

Mikuni Soba

Address: 386 KusatsuKusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1711

Access: 5 minute walk from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

Time:
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
5:30 pm – Until sold out
*Monday and Tuesday only open at noon

Phone:0279-88-2134

Website: Mikuni Soba (Japanese)

Iyamatei

Iyamatei Kusatsu

Iyamatei is located on the road towards Sainokawara Park and can only be found in Kusatsu. Specialty roasted rice is selected strictly for rice and other food ingredients, and the price range from 800 to 1,200 yen each. The shop only accepts cash payment and the opening hours are from 11:00 am until they sell out.

Iyamatei

Address: 377-1711 Gunma-ken, Agatsuma-gun, Kusatsu-machi, Kusatsu, 386-2

Access: 5 minute walk from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

Time: 11:00 am – Sold out
*No Fixed Holiday

Phone: 0279-82-1155

Website: Iyamatei (Japanese)

Goma Fukudo Kusatsu

Goma Fukudo Kusatsu

Hailing from Kyoto, Goma Fukudo mainly sells dishes made from flax, such as flax sauce and flax oil. The smell of flax is thick in the shop. This store has a lot of goods to for visitors to try.

Goma Fukudo Kusatsu

The special flax soy milk ice cream is divided into black and white 2 colors and black is more intense in taste. They are sprinkled with flax to enhance the overall taste.

Goma Fukudo Kusatsu

Address: 390 KusatsuKusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1711

Access: 5 minute walk from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

Time: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Phone: 0279-88-5559

Website: Goma Fukudo (Japanese)

Yakitori Shizuka

Yakitori Shizuka Kustasu

Yakitori Shizuka is the most popular Yakitori shop in all of Kusatsu. Although the store is small, the variety of yakiori skewers is quite diverse. The grilled chicken liver and chicken skewers are highly recommended.
Yakitori Shizuka

Yakitori Shizuka’s business hours are from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm and since there are no seats in the store, it is advisable to bring them to the seating area you can eat nearby but don’t forget to return the trash back to the store!

Yakitori Shizuka

Address: 396 KusatsuKusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1711

Access: 3 minute walk from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

Time: 3:00 am – 10:00 pm
*Open on Sundays, no fixed holiday

Phone: 0279-88-2364

Website: Yakitori Shizuka(Tabelog)

 

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