Spots in Kusatsu / Shima / Tsumagoi Area

  • Onioshidashi Park
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    4.0
    342 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Kambara 1053
    This beautiful scenery was created from the lava that flowed out and spread when Mt. Asama had its giant eruption in 1783. The sight of the giant lava boulders scattered around makes for an impressive sight. In spring the lovely alpine plants bloom in profusion, while visitors can enjoy the changing leaves in the fall. The contrast with the deep black earth is indeed a sight to behold.

    The lava field is interesting. The reds of the shrines also stand out among the grey of the lava field.

  • Kusatsu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Kusatsumachi Kusatsu
    A hot spring area counted as one of Japan’s three most famous. With over 100 source springs, the area generates some 32 thousand liters of natural hot spring water every minute, the greatest production volume in Japan. Since ancient times, the area has flourished as a therapeutic spa, and unique, long-standing traditions remain deeply rooted here, such as the custom of “yumomi,” the cooling of extremely hot spring waters by agitating them with thick wooden planks; and “jikan-yu” timed bathing, a practice distinct to Kusatsu which emerged in the late Edo period. The area’s primarily acidic springs are known for their powerful antibacterial properties, and it is even said they will “treat any disease other than love sickness.” The area is dotted with art museums and is also known as an art town.
  • Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa
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    3.5
    411 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoimura O-mae Hoso Hara 2277
    A hotel resort in Omae Hosohara, Tsumagoi Village, Agatsuma County. The resort centers around four main buildings equipped with various types of guest rooms including dedicated rooms for those with babies, and also features the Akatsuki-no-Yu natural hot spring bathhouse. With an arrangement of various leisure facilities throughout the vast resort including a golf course, tennis courts, dog hotel, church, cafe, and a number of different shops you can thoroughly enjoy your stay surrounded by the nature of the highlands. Located just a one-minute drive away from the resort is the Karuizawa Toy Kingdom amusement park.

    I recently stayed for 2 nights with my wife and 2 children (2.5 and 5 years old). The free shuttle bus from Karuizawa station took 40 minutes and is a pleasant drive up the mountain. Check in was...

  • Otaki no Yu
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    4.5
    198 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    596-13 Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma prefecture
    This is a day-trip onsen facility located in the eastern side of Kusatsu Onsen that has been loved as a well-known hot spring since long ago. The onsen draws in hot water from the nikawa source which is also known as “bijin no yu” (hot water for beautiful women). It is famous for its “awase yu” in which people soak in order at four baths which all have slightly different temperatures. In addition to enjoying the spacious large bathtub, rotemburo (outdoor bath) and utase-yu (waterfall bath), there is also a private available by reservation. The facility includes a lounge area, restaurant, souvenir shop, and café on the premises, so visitors can fully enjoy their onsen experience with relaxing strolls to take a break.

    Good super sentou style onsen, with inside baths, outside baths, sauna and awase-yu:smaller bathtubs with different temperatures (39 - 46 degrees, best tried in that order to get used to the...

  • Netsu no Yu
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    4.0
    322 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 414
    Netsu no Yu in Kusatsu Hot Spring is a sightseeing facility where you can experience “yumomi,” a type of performance that has been passed down since the Edo period. Besides experiencing yumomi by following the lead of the female performers, there are many other daily events you can enjoy, such as the “yumomi dance show.” Particularly popular is the “yumomi-kun show,” which is performed by the “Thespakusatsu Challengers,” a sub-group of the “Thespakusatsu,” a local pro soccer team.

    One of famous entertainment at Kusatsu. They offer this attraction 6 times/day. AM.9:30, 10:00, 10:30 PM15:30, 16:00, 16:30 Visitors can see their performance and some visitors can try this...

  • Karuizawa Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    188 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Omae Hosono 2277
    A theme park located in Omae-hosohara, Tsumagoi Village, you’ll find plenty of attractions here, including the “Toy Room Area,” which is filled with toys from across all eras, the “Nature Athletic Area,” which utilizes Karuizawa’s natural scenery to provide entertainment, and the “Attraction Area,” which has something for children of all ages. If you have a free pass, you can get a discount on Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa’s lunch buffet and hot spring, which makes this a great option for a day trip.

    Nice place for children 10 years old and under with loads of activities and amusements to keep them occupied. For older kids it is not so interesting after a while. The park is getting tired but was...

  • Kusatsu Hotel
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    4.5
    210 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 479
    This hotel, a hot spring also available day use, is located in the foothills of Mt. Aoba and can be accessed after alighting at the JR Kusatsu Onsen bus terminal from Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station in Gunma Prefecture. It was established in 1913 and the calm atmosphere of the Japanese style rooms eases the travel fatigue of the guests. The source of the hot spring is from Sainokawara hot spring which is only drawn to serve a few hot spring facilities. Visitors can enjoy the soft water of the hot spring in the Amber bath, scented with wood, and Hosen-no-yu bath made of stone. Private baths and foot baths are also available to use, and guests can also enjoy the course menus of sashimi and hot pot dishes made with local, seasonal produce. 

    Lovely traditional hotel with great old world charm. The onsens in the hotel are definitely a plus as you can retire to your room after a session without having to endure the external elements...

  • Shima Yamaguchikan
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima A 3876-1
    This more than 300-year old Yuyado hot spring's water is drawn directly from the source and is located in Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Guests can enjoy the Shima hot spring while viewing the scenery of the Shimagawa River, which changes with the seasons. The hot spring is very famous for its cleansing effect on the skin, and in addition to its moisturizing and detoxing effects, it is also effective for rashes, eczema, women’s diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, etc. The dishes made with an abundance of local seasonal ingredients and the Kamishibai plays acted out by the owner are also very popular.

    It wasnt too difficult catching a local bus from Nakanojo to Shima Onsen Yamaguchi bus stop where the Onsen is located, next to a small gorge. It is up in the mountains, where we get crisp clean air...

  • Kusatsu Onsen, Yorokobi no Yado, Takamatsu
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    3.5
    205 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 312
    This is a hot spring hotel ryokan in Kusatsu Onsen located in Agatsuma County, Gumma Prefecture. The source of the hot spring is from Yubatake, considered to be high quality clear water beneficial for nerve pain and skin diseases. As well as a large bath that has three types of water temperature, there are outside baths with two types of bath tubs made of cypress and ceramic. In addition, there is a fully private garden bath. For dining, hot pot dishes such as sukiyaki with Joshu Wagyu beef and local ingredients, as well as traditional Japanese style courses, are offered. There are Japanese and Western style guest rooms with a relaxing atmosphere and semi suite rooms with private hot spring baths.

    This is a very large hotel very close to the town centre. This maybe the largest hotel I have stayed in in Japan. One hundred and seven rooms with plenty of facilties so you do not really get to see...

  • Palcall Tsumagoi Resort and Ski Area
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    3.5
    95 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Hoshimata Baragi plateau
    This vast ski resort is located in Tsumagoi Village, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture, and has the longest gondola in Kanto, at 3.2 kilometers. At 16 courses, it has the largest number of slopes in Kanto as well, and a Family Land Park kids’ slope which is fully equipped with a snowpark with three-meter vinyl chloride rails, a snow escalator and other items. This park is well suited to those beginners who do not have equipment of their own. In the summer and autumn, visitors can enjoy pet-friendly gondola rides and the dog park.

    I have never stayed at the Pascal Hotel, but the Tsumagoi ski area is fantastic. It is a dream place for snow boarders and good skiers. There aren’t that many advanced runs, but the slopes are very...

  • Gozanoyu
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    4.0
    155 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 421
    A hot spring bath near the yubatake (hot water field and spring source) in Kusatsu, Kusatsu Town. Visitors can enjoy two baths, Ki-no-Yu and Seki-no-Yu, which are each fed by two springs, the Yubatake and Bandai sources, and which alternate each day for men and women. Gozanoyu is a public bath reconstructed around the historical yubatake from the Edo to Meiji periods.

    This new, large bath is right next to the Yubatake. Before you enter the lobby area, you put your shoes in the locked shoe boxes by the entrance. Then, as you check in and pay your entry fee, the...

  • Roadside Station Yanba Furusato-Kan
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Hayashi 1567-4
    This roadside station is located on Hayashi Intersection, between Prefectural Route 375 and the National Route 145 Yanba Bypass, approximately one hour from the Kan’etsu Expressway Ikaho Interchange. Visitors can rest at the natural foot bath here while viewing the spectacular scenery. The Yanba Market has specialties such as freshly picked fruit and vegetables and scarlet runner beans for sale. Visitors can also eat the famous Otsumi Dango Soup and Yanba Dam Curry at the Yanba Cafeteria. The soft cream made with local Asama-kogen milk has a rich fragrance and sweet flavor and is very popular. There are also parking area for exclusive use of visitors spending night in their cars and quick charger for EV.

    ツアーで草津温泉に行く途中に寄りました。焼きたてのパンやソフトクリームなど、小腹がすいていたのでとてもありがたかったです。お土産も充実していて、できれば帰りに寄りたかったと思いました。今度行ったら買い物をしっかりしたいです。

  • Kita-Karuizawa SweetGrass
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    4.5
    75 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Kitakaruizawa 1990-579
    This caravan park in Gunma Prefecture’s Asama Highlands is in an area of natural riches that include forests, brooks, and meadows. One of its draws is a variety of sites including those with hammock stands and trampolines, sites for singles, and sites where you can let your dog off its leash. Of course, it’s great in summer, and winter stargazing is amazing. The caravan park’s Asama Hutte offers a hot menu ranging from breakfasts to café style meals.

    This is a very nice place, with a wide variety of cottages to choose from, camp sites, and amazing outdoor playground. Adults and kids can definitely enjoy their stay here. Weve visited a couple of...

  • Manza Onsen Ski Resort
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoi-mura Manza Onsen
    This ski resort is located approximately 80 minutes from the Joshin-etsu Expressway Usui-Karuizawa Interchange. Visitors can enjoy the majestic views of the mountains and the exhilarating feeling of skiing straight down to the bottom. There are various courses, from beginners’ courses to expert-level courses, including the wide, floodlit main slope in front of the Prince Hotel, and the forested slope with lots of variation. There is also the Manza Snowfield with its snow escalator, sledding slope and tubing course, where small children can safely enjoy the snow.

    Compare to major ski resort , this has a lot fewer people and at the same time less choices of ski runs. This is really for beginners and intermediate skiers. There is ski shop, ski school on...

  • Chatsubomi Moss Park
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Iriyama 13-3
    Located in Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture, this park is famous as the birthplace of “chatsubomi-goke” —which is a type of moss that grows in acidic water. The contrast between puffed-up green moss on the rocks with the flowing water makes for a truly gorgeous scene. You can also enjoy some trekking along the pathway to Yoshigadaira Wetlands near the Anajigoku pit.

    苔なので梅雨時期が良いと思い行ったのだが、係りの人の話だと紅葉の時期が一番良いとの事。だがなかなか見られる景色ではなく、道も年配者でも無理なく歩けるコースなので旅行好きな方にはお勧めだと思う。

  • Roadside Station Kusatsu Undo Jaya Park
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 2-1
    This roadside station is located near the entrance of Kusatsu Hot Spring, on National Route 292 (Japan Romantic Road), and was designed with the look of a German town in mind. Facilities inside the grounds include the Baelz Memorial Hall, which follows the life of Dr. Baelz, a German doctor who introduced Kusatsu Hot Spring to the world, and the Romantic Road Pavilion Museum, which has a collection of materials relating to roads in both Japan and Germany. The shop’s most popular product is the local specialty Kusatsu Roll Cake, which is made with scarlet runner beans and fresh cream. The shop’s Scarlet Runner Bean Milk Soft Cream is also recommended.

    This is just outside of the town of Kusatsu and is a convenient stop on your way into town, just 5 minutes away. It is easily recognizable with its unique architecture. There is a visitors...

  • Kataoka Tsurutaro Art Museum
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    3.5
    87 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 479
    The Kataoka Tsurutaro Art Museum, opened in 1998, is a gallery attached to Kusatsu Hotel which can be enjoyed by families. It boasts about 120 permanent exhibits and the exhibition changes four times a year according to the season. Visitors can see the Sainokawara hot spring steam from the large window of the café at the museum, great for relaxing after appreciating the artworks. The café is also open for non-museum patrons.

    If you have the discount coupon and have time, then you can think about visit there. I wouldnt go, if I needed to pay the full price of the ticket. And if you are the fan of this actor, it may...

  • Kyukamura Tsumagoi-Kazawa
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoi Muraokazawa Onsen
    This complex-accommodation facility is located approximately 30 minutes by taxi from the JR Manza-Kazawaguchi Station, or alternatively, 60 minutes by shuttle bus from the Uedaeki onsen-guchi. In addition to the complex's two different magnificent views of the surrounding forest from the rooms available, it also has Kumoi no Yu, an outdoor bath, and entertainment such as Momijigari (autumn-leaf viewing), and enjoyable nature-filled activities such as night hiking and camping. In the restaurant, guests are able to enjoy a seasonal menu with items such as Joshu beef, highland vegetables and Matsutake mushrooms.

    My favourite Japanese national park hotel. They are all different but similar. Stayed 5 nights half board. They all tend to have a nature exhibition / study place attached with a knowledgeable member...

  • Gunma Astronomical Observatory
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntakayamamura Nakayama 6860-86
    This prefectural astronomical observatory is located in Nakayama, Takayama Village, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Its construction was planned in commemoration of Chiaki Mukai, the first Japanese female astronaut going to space, and was opened in 1999. It is equipped with a 150-centimeter telescope and a 65-centimeter telescope. Events such as telescope lessons and star guidance qualification courses are regularly held here. There are also exhibition spaces for things such as viewing solar telescope images and observational data, in addition to a shop which sells space food and illustrated reference books.

    夜間観望会へ寄らせていただいています。 暖かい時期は天気に恵まれないことが多く、屋内でのトピックが中心になる事もあります。 寒い時期は条件が良いときが多く、沢山の惑星や恒星が見られますが、望遠鏡ドームはとても寒いので、大袈裟な位の防寒対策が必要です。 また、庭?ではボランティアの方が小型の望遠鏡を使ったりPCを使ったりしながら天体観測の面白さ?を教えてくれます。 天体観測にあまり興味がなくても...

  • Roadside Station Kuni
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Kosame Far north 22
    This roadside station is located along National Route 292, near the entrance of Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park. In addition to the hot spring foot bath, there is also a day-trip hot spring and accommodation facility here, so visitors can stay the night, instead of simply resting at the station. The crafts found in the Kuni Tourist Souvenir Center, such as the specialty canned scarlet runner beans, as well as the sedge wrapped in colorful cloth and knitted to make Konkonzouri. The Kuni no Go Shirasuna restaurant’s local specialty Maitake Mushroom Rice Bowl is especially popular. As is the unique soft cream, which is made with the specialty scarlet runner beans.

    草津温泉の帰り道、道の駅をいろいろ見てまわろうと、草津から20分ほど東に山道を走ったところにあります。建物は趣のあるたてものですが、内部はそこまで広くなく、道の駅というより、田舎の小さな商店のようでした。お店の外に野菜が並んでいましたが、時間も遅めだったので数が少なくなっていました。次回はもう少し早い時間に行きたいと思います。

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Gunma prefecture is synonymous with onsen. Natural hot spring water sources throughout the prefecture have given rise to a series of small onsen towns, each set among luscious mountains. At Kusatsu, Ikaho, and Minakami, traditional indoor and outdoor bathing experiences are served hand in hand with irresistible onsen-themed food, including steam-cooked eggs and custard pudding.

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