Kusatsu Onsen
Kusatsu Onsen
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Hiroko H
Vancouver, Canada4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
It was a bit of a trek to get there (A bullet train ride from the Tokyo Station to Karuizawa about an hour, then a bus ride from Karuizawa to Kusatsu Onsen for about 1.5 hours), but it was worth a visit and experience Yu Batake (literal translation: hot water field). The majority of attractions are within a walking distance. Soak your feet in public, outside foot bath spots, or visit different public Onsen. I highly recommend the one at Sainokawara Park. This outside hot springs is very relaxing. Yu Batake was fascinating to watch with mesmerizing colour of water. Something to note: the access from the bus terminal into the Yu Batake area is quite hilly. If you have a mobility issue, walking may pose a challenge. Otherwise, enjoy some R&R in Onsen!
Written 7 November 2023
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pixieSG
Singapore236 contributions
Mar 2023
We have been to Hakone so decided to visit Kusatsu Onsen this trip. This place is popular with locals with many younger groups and couples visiting. So lunchtime was crowded and difficult to find a seating.

We took Kusatus limited express from UENO and used local JR bus from JR station to the Bus Terminal. Couldn't find timetable of buses for the return trip so will post it here.

Worth an overnight stay.
Written 19 March 2023
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Venus P
Tokyo, Japan28 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
Perfect place for people who love onsen ( hot baths) nice place , with many private onsen hotels. In addition to private onsens there are a few public onsens are also there.
Written 30 April 2021
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Taro
Yokohama, Japan26 contributions
Jul 2019
If you want to go to ONSEN in Japan, I would recommend Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture It's a four-hour express bus ride from Shinjuku. In the heart of the historic town is a hot spring called Yubatake, which smells a little like eggs. Women in kimonos sing songs and stir the boards to cool the water. The lyrics of the song say, "All sicknesses except for love can be cured in this hot water". If you stay one night, you can enjoy an old Japanese hot spring resort.
Written 7 June 2020
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Vermont7,424 contributions
Apr 2019
Although you can make a day trip here, it is best to spend the night - or several nights. We stayed for 3 nights and were glad we did. One day it rained but we really had 2 days of good weather for visiting the town and the onsens.

A ryokan with baths is a must. Even though you can visit the 3 large public baths in town, it is much more pleasant to have the bath right in the place you are staying. If you do plan to visit the 3 public baths, check out the combination ticket which will save you some money.

When visiting the baths, take off your silver jewelry and leave it in your hotel with other valuables, although you can find lockers in some of the baths, not all have them. Also try to find and visit one or more of the dozen or so free community baths - what a difference from the big ¥600 spaces.

Eating at restaurants can be expensive, but you will probably eat breakfast and dinner in your ryokan. We walked to the supermarket and bought apples and sweets. On the way we found a bagel restaurant and got sandwiches for one day’s lunch - they were quite good.

Getting here isn’t the easiest - train followed by bus. Once you are here do stay a while.
Written 31 March 2020
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Leanne P
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand39 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a great place to spend a couple of days. The best onsen around, lots of interesting places to visit and really pretty walks.
Written 12 January 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,776 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
The water of the onsen comes from Mt. Kusatsu Shirane. The water is reputed to have health benefits and can cure all forms of ailments. If you experience back pain, try soaking in the water and the pain will disappear.
Written 8 December 2019
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SapphireRose88
London, UK701 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
We visited Kusatsu Onsen from Tokyo and stayed for a night. I would recommend saying overnight as then you don't have to rush and can enjoy the sights at night. I would recommend a lovely Ryokan called Kane Midori just a stone throw from the onsen. But stay well clear of a cafe called Cafe 'Quatre Ferrere' as that is possibly the cafe with the worst service I've ever experienced In Japan in my 10 years. The guy who was serving us was rude to the extreme and didn't seem interested to deal with customers at all.
Written 15 October 2019
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Chenoa
singapore50 contributions
Jun 2019
We have been to Kinosaki Onsen and enjoyed the onsen-hopping culture over there. In Kusatsu, onsen-hopping is not as flourishing.

Kinosaki is the up-market cousin, attracting more foreign tourists than locals with its old charm - traditional buildings lining a beautiful canal that runs through the town, and many establishments offering boutique ryokan experiences complete with beautiful kimono or yukata for that instagram, and 7 public onsens free to visit as long as you are staying in 1 of the town's ryokans or hotels.

Kusatsu, while its beauty pale in comparison with the yubatake in its town centre, appeals with more modest establishments and affordability. Unknown to many visitors, there are 3 public baths (free) to hop around. However, these baths do not have showering facilities. It is thus recommended that one stays in a ryokan or hotel that has a good onsen facility. This "poorer" cousin is actually richer. This area's springs' water is high in mineral content.

Comparing the water quality, I would say that I enjoyed Kusatsu's water more.

Both towns are accessible by JR transport. Kinosaki has its own train station (Kinosaki Station) while Kusatsu needs a JR bus connection from Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station. The JR bus timing coincides with the trains' arrival so connection is not a problem. The JR pass covers the JR bus from Nagonohara-Kusatsuguchi to Kusatsu Onsen.

Winter and summer offers different scenery and atmosphere. Since summer is the low season, the town is relatively quiet. You can enjoy the onsen better without the crowd and at a discount off peak season prices.
Written 7 October 2019
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TokyoConnoisseur
Tokyo, Japan240 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This is the best small onsen town in Japan. Many things to do 2 golf courses, tennis, hiking, zip lining, small zoo, skiing and boarding in the winter and of course the best onsen water in Japan. A little hard to get to, but worth it. Stay at Boun Onsen Kusatsu for the best experience.
Written 3 June 2019
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