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The No.1 hot spring in Japan - Enjoy a walk in this old spa town
Short trip from Tokyo to Kusatsu

I recommend this course!

Yanet Laura Reyes Silva / I'm from Paraguay / I have lived in Japan for 3.5 years.

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I was born in Tobati, Paraguay and moved several times, living in Argentina and Spain.
Before graduating from high school, I had decided to study in Japan. That was my biggest dream while living in different places. I came to Japan as a student, found a job, and moved to Kusatsu Onsen. Speaking five languages, now I help guests from around the world at the reception of a ryokan inn.

Located 150km northeast of Tokyo, Kusatsu is known as one of the three most famous natural hot springs in Japan along with Arima and Gero. Kusatsu produces the most natural hot spring water in the country with as much as 32,300 liters per minute (about 230,000 barrels per day). Six different natural hot spring sources provide hotels and ryokan in town with water that is offered to visitors without heating, hydration, or recycling. Kusatsu received the No.1 award of the 100 best hot spring resorts in Japan by travel experts for 14 consecutive years in 2016. The huge “Yubatake” spring at the center of town is surrounded by many facilities: large private baths, public baths mostly visited by locals, as well as hotels and traditional Japanese ryokan for tourists. In winter, the town also attracts many skiers.

Tokyo Station

JR Joetsu / Hokuriku Shinkansen, Toki / Hakutaka / Tanigawa / Asama (57min)
¥6,010

JR Hokuriku Shinkansen

Takasaki Station(JR Joetsu / Hokuriku Shinkansen)

Transfer (8min)

Takasaki Station(JR Agatsuma Line)

JR Agatsuma Line (1hr 30min)

Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station

Walk (1min)

Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Stop

JR Bus (25min)
¥700

Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

Walk (5min)

Yumomi experience at Netsu-no-Yu

  • Estimated time:30min
  • Estimated cost:¥250

A demonstration of the traditional way to cool down hot spring water by hand

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Walk (5min)

Lunch (1hr)

Walk (5min)

Yubatake and a walk around Kusatsu Town

  • Estimated time:1hr 30min

The huge Yubatake hot spring is the symbol of Kusatsu Onsen

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Walk (15min)

Sai-no-Kawara Outdoor Bath

  • Estimated time:1hr 30min
  • Estimated cost:¥600

A 500 ㎡ bath surrounded by nature

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Walk (15min)

Accommodation in Kusatsu

Hotels and ryokan with authentic hot spring baths

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Jikan-yu experience at Chiyo-no-yu public bath

  • Estimated time:1hr
  • Estimated cost:¥560

Experience this traditional hot spring treatment method with an onsen master

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Walk (5min)

Lunch (1hr)

Walk (5min)

Nikawa-no-yu

  • Estimated time:30min
  • Estimated cost:Free

A free public bath house with a distinctive opaque hot spring

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Walk (10min)

Jizo-no-yu

  • Estimated time:30min
  • Estimated cost:Free

A free public bath house with water from an exclusive source and has a foot bath

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Walk (20min)

Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

JR Bus (25min)
¥700

Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Stop

Walk (1min)

Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station

JR Agatsuma Line (1hr 1min)
¥7,460

Takasaki Station(JR Agatsuma Line)

Transfer (18min)

Takasaki Station(JR Joetsu / Hokuriku Shinkansen)

JR Joetsu / Hokuriku Shinkansen, Toki / Hakutaka / Tanigawa / Asama (50min)

Tokyo Station

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