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Gunma: Kusatsu Onsen in winter♨️Take a girls’ trip to the best of Kusatsu Onsen, including some of the best spots 😌💗- Enjoy new spots and the zoo on this course!

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Two girls went to Kusatsu Onsen in winter! 😊 Kusatsu with snow is also nice. ⛄️❄️
This course includes a lot of new spots in Kusatsu and even a zoo! Please take a look at it for your reference!

*Please note that information and prices listed are subject to change.

Travel Itinerary

13:00 Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal

It takes about 30 minutes by bus directly from Naganohara-Kusatsu-guchi.
Walk 5 minutes to your next destination🐾.

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Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal is a bus stop located in Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture. It is located about a 5-minute walk from Yubatake, the main spot of Kusatsu Onsen. It is conveniently accessible and takes about 4 hours from Basta Shinjuku. If you need help, there is an information booth for tourist information on Kusatsu.

13:10 Kusatsu Onsen Yubatake (Hot Water Field)(草津温泉 湯畑)

Arrive at Yubatake, a place synonymous with Kusatsu Onsen.
It is said that 4000 liters of hot spring water gushes out every minute. ♨️ The hot spring water is nice, and it had a unique smell!

hand-washing (手洗いの湯)

This is something you can wash your hands in a hot spring, which is available in several places in the Kusatsu Onsen area. A recent study found that they are effective in inactivating the new type of coronavirus! Washing your hands in a warm onsen and preventing infection is a relief and much appreciated.

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Kusatsu Onsen Yubatake is a hot spring source located in Kusatsu, Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture. It is synonymous with Kusatsu Onsen, with 4,000 liters of hot spring water gushing out every minute. Surrounded by restaurants and souvenir shops, the area attracts many tourists. Parking is available, but it is crowded, so it is recommended to leave plenty of time for your visit. At night, the area is lit up and offers beautiful scenery. To get a taste of Kusatsu Onsen, a visit to Yubatake is a must. Kusatsu Onsen Yubatake has different attractions by day and by night, and can be enjoyed even by solo travelers.

13:30 Yamabiko Onsen manju (山びこ温泉まんじゅう)

I want to eat something since I’ve come all this way! And here we are, A long-established bun store whose original “fried sweets” are popular.
They are carefully fried one by one in front of you!

Left: Fried Potato Manju (200 yen) / Right: Fried Manju (200 yen)

The crispy outside, sweet red bean paste and savory flavor were perfectly balanced.

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Yamabiko Onsen manju, located in Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture, is the main Onsen-manju production store. The “Aged Manju” sold at this store is a very popular sweet that is often introduced on TV and in magazines, and each one is carefully fried in front of your eyes. It is a great choice for souvenirs in Onsen town.

14:00 Nishi-no-Kawahara Park(西の河原公園)

Located on the west side of Kusatsu Onsen, it is a walking spot with hot springs gushing out from all over the riverbank.
It is about a 10-minute walk from Yubatake to Nishi-no-kawara-dori, a street lined with stores 😊.

scenery

It may be a surprisingly unknown spot…? The snowy scenery is really beautiful❄️. The seasonal scenery is also enjoyable!
There was also an open-air bath (for a fee) at the back of the park 😉.

hot spring

Warm hot springs, known as yudamari, were gushing everywhere 🥺. What a happy park to have a hot spring right there .

Kusatsu Onsen water is acidic, so it made my skin smooth ✨✨.

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Nishi-no-Kawahara Park is a popular spot in Kusatsu-cho, Gunma Prefecture, where visitors can enjoy open-air baths and footbaths. The open-air baths in the park are quite large and are recommended for those who are looking for a hot spring bath. It is also illuminated at night, creating a fantastic atmosphere. There is also a visitor center at the far end of the riverbank where information on the hot springs can be obtained. From Yubatake, lined with stores, Nishi-no-Kawahara-dori can be reached in about 10 minutes on foot. You can relax and enjoy the scent of sulfur all around and the warm river current.

15:00 Mangado(漫画堂)

Returned to Yubatake and walked around Ura-Kusatsu! This is new attraction in Ura-Kusatsu just opened in August 2021.
You can enjoy more than 10,000 comic books! 📚. Adults can use it for 400 yen within 2 hours.
You can read it in this building or take it to the cafe right next door.

Autographs on display.

Autographs of manga artists from Gunma and those associated with Kusatsu Onsen are also on display!

There was also a second floor😊.

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Located in Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture, Manga-do is a new spot with approximately 10,000 manga titles. Adults can use the facility for 2 hours for 400 yen. Manga can also be read in the café inside the building. It is attracting attention as a new place to visit in Kusatsu.

15:15 Jizo no Yu Mae Facial Hot Spring(地蔵の湯まえ顔湯)

This is also a new spot!
If you put your face in through the peephole-like part, you will be hit by steam from the hot spring water flowing below. ♨️
It’s also good for your skin.

The Jizo fountainhead flows below!

Surrealistic Photo

It felt good to have my face packed 😚.

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Jizo no Yuyu Mae Facial Hot Spring,” located beside the Jizo source, is a facial hot spring spot where visitors can casually enjoy hot spring baths 24 hours a day, free of charge. The spring water flows directly under the “face bath,” and steam hits you when you look into the box. Word on the street is that it is good for the skin.

15:30 Footbath in front of Jizo-no-yu (地蔵の湯まえ足湯)

There is also a free footbath right next to it! Here’s another place to take a break: 💁‍♀️
It was cold on a snowy day, but I warmed up here: ☺️

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Footbath in front of Jizo-no-yu, located beside the Jizo source, is a footbath spot where visitors can easily enjoy hot spring water 24 hours a day, free of charge. Even on snowy days, the footbath is a great place to warm up and take a breather.

16:00 Kusatsu Onsen Netsunoyu(草津温泉 熱乃湯)

Kusatsu Onsen is famous for its yumomi shows😍. Finally, I’m going to see my first “Yumomi”.

6 performances per day
Adults 600 yen, children 300 yen

Performance Time

warming something by immersion in hot water

The Yumomi Girls were wonderful, singing and dancing.
The climax is quite powerful, so please enjoy!

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Netsunoyu, located in Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture, is a tourist facility spot where visitors can experience hot spring bathing. The famous “Yumomi Show,” a Kusatsu specialty, allows visitors to see how the hot water is lowered in temperature by firring the hot water with a long board. Visitors can also try their hand at yumomi, which is enjoyable for both children and adults. If you visit, be sure to try the yumomi experience as well.

16:45 Hotel Takamatsu(ホテル高松)

This is an inn that is fed by the source of Yubatake, which is considered to be the best quality of the many Kusatsu Onsen. ♨️
4-minute walk to Yubatake hot spring baths.
Check-in 14:00-
Check-out 10:00-

lobby

Souvenir shop

Floor Map

room

Dinner menu

dinner

Sauteed Chateaubriand

Bouillabaisse with sea bream and clams

Water sweets/matcha/melon

Breakfast is buffet style

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Hotel Takamatsu is an accommodation facility located in Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture. It features top-quality hot spring water drawn from the Yubatake hot spring source, and is only a 5-minute walk from Yubatake. Check-in starts at 2:00 p.m. and check-out is by 10:00 p.m.

09:00 Hotel Takamatsu

Breakfast is a buffet ♪

After checking out, start your second day of activities!

09:30 Kusatsu Tropical World

It is a 10-15 minute walk from the center of Kusatsu Onsen! It is a zoo where you can interact with tropical animals 🐊.

Adults 1,100 yen
Child 700 yen

Souvenir Corner

Food for monkeys

You can buy food for monkeys for 100 yen per plate!

monkey bars

Lots of cute monkeys here 🐒💖. They came close to me when I had food 😂.
If you are lucky, you might see a monkey in a hot spring.

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Kusatsu Tropical World is a zoo located in Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture. Since it is indoors, visitors can enjoy sightseeing even on rainy days. Visitors can see and interact with tropical plants and small animals, and there are also crocodiles, snakes, and other reptiles. Admission is Â¥1,100 for adults and Â¥700 for children. Word of mouth recommends the close proximity to the animals and numerous interactions with them, the wide variety of animals, and the humor of the keeper’s biological explanation panels. This is a facility that is sure to please children.

10:00 Tropical Dome

Tropical Dome, located in the Kusatsu Tropical World, is a building with a wide variety of plants and animals!

Reproduction of subtropical area

Inside the dome, a subtropical area has been recreated using hot spring heat!

Capybara Family Correlations

The interesting thing about this zoo is that these explanatory notes are full of originality and make learning about the animals fun 😊.

capybara

Food is also available for 100 yen and you can enjoy interacting with them 😌.

Capybara in a hot spring

alligator

The company of foxes.

He likes to be touched by people! It was fluffy🥺.

Black chicks 🐣.

Since this is a petting area, you can put them on your hands!

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The Tropical Dome is located in Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture, within the Kusatsu Tropical Garden. At this facility, visitors can see a wide variety of flora and fauna. As the name suggests, it is a dome-shaped building with a variety of plants and animals living inside, and is popular as a place where visitors can interact with these creatures.

11:00 CAFE ASPEN

Lunch is here.
A cafe where you can enjoy handmade pizzas, hand-kneaded hamburgers, curry, and other Western-style food of the highest quality. ☕️
Sweets are also available 🍰.

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The restaurant is loved by locals.

Menu🍕

Menu

Menu

Beef curry: 902 yen / Japanese-style hamburger steak: 1,023 yen

Fresh Tomato Pizza 990 yen

It’s delicious with lots of tomatoes on top 🍅.
The crust was crunchy 👏.

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Cafe Aspen is a cafe in Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture, where you can enjoy Western-style cuisine with a special focus. Popular menu items include handmade pizza, hand-kneaded hamburgers, and curry. It also offers a wide variety of sweets and is recommended for women.

13:00 Kusatsu Onsen Yunokohonpo(草津温泉 湯の香本舗)

After lunch, visit a long-established souvenir store in the center of Kusatsu Onsen!
The famous Yukemuri Cider can also be purchased here!

introspection

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Kusatsu Onsen Yunokohonpo is a souvenir store located in Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture. Located in the center of Kusatsu Onsen, it is known as a long-established souvenir store. It is one of the most popular stores to stop by when visiting Kusatsu Onsen.

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