Through the ages, Kusatsu Onsen (hot spring) has been one of the most famous resort destinations in Japan. Even today it is very popular because of the benefit of warm bath therapy. The temperature of source spring is very high (51–94 degree Celsius). Instead of cooling down the temperature by adding cold water, the temperature is controlled by “yu-momi,” or stirring with wooden plates. The traditional song sung during the yu-momi work has become a tourist attraction as well. There are many ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) in Kusatsu city. These accommodations generally have rooms with tatami-matted floors and furnished in traditional Japanese style. Futon bedding is prepared after dinner. Kusatsu Onsen is located in the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park surrounded by beautiful mountains. Visitors can go hiking around the city. Yukemuri-tei
Located next to the Yubatake, Yukemuri-tei is a foot and hand bath facility. Visitors can enjoy foot bath therapy as well as relaxing in an open air bathtub.
Netsu-no-Yu is a hot spring facility. Here visitors can see the yu-momi demonstration and even try yu-momi by themselves. (Yu-momi is the traditional method of cooling down the spring water)
Address: 414 Kusatsu Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
Admission: Adult 500 yen, child 250 yen
Sai-no-Kawara is the largest outdoor hot spring bath in Kusatsu. It is just 15 minute walk from Yubatake, in the city center. Around the bath, there are a lot of natural rocks and a traditional red bridge.
Address: 521-3 Kusatsu Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
Hours: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM (from Dec. through Mar. 9:00 AM-)
Admission: adult 500 yen, child 300 yen