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Famous Onsen attracts visitors with its high spring quality. Highland landscapes nearby also offers enjoyable hiking routes.

Kusatsu Onsen is located at the south eastern foot of Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane-san in the north western part of Gunma. This Onsen has been closen as the best Onsen in Japan for the 12th consecutive years among Japanese travel agents in 2014. This Onsen was brought to light worldwide when Dr.Baelz, a German medical doctor, found the hot springs effective in medical terms 120 ago.

In the center of the town, two spots are particularly popular'Yubatake', one of the fountainheads, and Netsu no Yu, where 'yumomi' (stirring hot water with paddle-like wooden boards to cool it down) demonstrations are shown. "Goza no Yu" ,a public bathhouse, with two-story-wooden building is also famous spot around Yubatake.

Yugama, the crater lakes on Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane-san holds emerald green water and attracts many hikers. Though the road leading to Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane-san is closed for winter season, visitors can join the snowshoe tour to Yugama. Tourist can hike around Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane-san from spring to autumn and enjoy snow activities at ski resorts in winter. Manza Onsen at the western foot of the mountain is another well-known onsen resort with milky-white hot water.

Directions

From Tokyo :
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Ueno to Naganoharakusatsuguchi Station by JR Agatsuma Line (limited express "Kusatsu"), and 25 min from the station to Kusatsu Onsen by bus.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen, and 7 min from Tokyo to Ueno Station by JR Yamanote Line.

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