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  • Kusatsu Onsen
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    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.

    町の銭湯です 道路沿いなので露天は雰囲気ありません 湯はいいと思います 400円とリーズナブル おじいさんおばあさんが多いです

  • Shima Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Nakanojomachi Shima
    Shima means 40,000, and according to legend the miraculous waters of this hot spring district, surrounded by natural beauty, can cure 40,000 illnesses. The development of this area into a hot spring destination is said to have begun when Sakanoue no Tamuramaro bathed here while setting out as shogun in command of a force sent to conquer the Emishi region in the north. In 1954, this health resort was one of the first in Japan to be designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts, alongside Sukayu Onsen in Aomori and Nikko Yumoto Onsen in Tochigi. The area's 42 source springs generate an abundant 3,500 liters of piping hot water every minute. The springs are sodium, calcium chloride, and sulfate springs. In ancient times, it is believed that people came here to soothe their sore skin after bathing in the highly acidic waters at Kusatsu Onsen.
  • 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.

  • Palcall Tsumagoi Resort and Ski Area
    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.
  • Manza Prince Hotel
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    4.0
    386 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoi-mura Manza Onsen
    This is the sister hotel of the Manza Kogen Hotel and is located at an altitude of around 1,800 meters. It is located approximately 80 minutes from the Joshin-etsu Expressway Usui-Karuizawa Interchange. Visitors can enjoy the three hot springs, including the Komakusa no Yu, with its view of the mountains and the star-filled sky, and the Shakunage no Yu, which is a roofed outdoor bath reserved for women only. The spring water is a characteristic cloudy color with its high sulfur content. It is an acidic, sulfuric magnesium sodium sulfur chloride spring. It is said to have a skin cleansing effect and to be effective for nerve pain, sensitivity to cold, recovery from fatigue, etc. All of the guest rooms have free Wi-fi and it is also possible for non-guests of the hotel to use the baths.

    An interesting drive up to the snowy Hotel (ca. 1800m) towards the end of November. Hotel building was quite dated and room was just average. Main attraction was the outdoor onsen facing many...

  • Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Kusatsumachi Shiranekokuyurin 158 Rinhan
    This ski resort is situated along National Route 292 in Kusatsu Town. The resort's 8,000-meter-long slope is outfitted with nine courses and experiences a 926 meter difference in elevation. In addition, resort visitors can strap on a pair of snowshoes and trek amidst forest or make their way to the crater lake at Mt. Shirane. The resort also has a kids park and offers a daycare service.

    The ski slopes include various types of terrain and difficulty level - great for skiers including people with a long break in their winter sport training. The lifts take you to different places going...

  • Karuizawa Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    187 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...

  • Lake Okushima
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima
    Lake Okushima behind Shima Hot Springs was formed during the construction of a dam on the Shimakawa River. This man-made lake is four kilometers around in size and is also a popular spot for viewing the changing colors of the leaves in autumn. On the shore of the lake is a day bathing facility “Shima Koshiki no Yu” hot spring connected to the Shima Seseragi Archive Museum, and on the other side is Inatsutsumi Seseragi Park, where visitors can relax.
  • Karuizawa Snow Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Kitakaruizawa 2032-16
    "This ski resort is inside President Resort, in Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. It is located 40 minutes from Karuizawa Station by either shuttle bus or by taxi. There are a variety of courses, from a family course which is suitable for lift beginners, to the expert ""Azalea"" course with a maximum gradient of 32 degrees, for skiers of all levels to enjoy themselves. There is a dog park where visitors can play with their pets in the snow, and there are also pet-friendly cottages and a dog hotel located nearby. Additionally, there are restaurants and hot springs nearby, and visitors can enjoy them throughout the day."
  • Lock Heart Castle
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    4.0
    93 Reviews
    Takayama village, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma prefecture 5583-1
    This stone theme park is located in Takayama Village, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture, symbolized by the “Lock Heart Castle” —the first European castle in Japan, moved here from Scotland. In the streets made to look like medieval Europe, you’ll find a stone church, shops, restaurants, galleries, museums and a unique atmosphere. You can even “become a princess” with a dress and tiara for pictures. This area is often used for weddings, TV shoots, and other events.

    We went to Lockheart castle because we saw the sign as we were driving through Gunma, and thought it might be a fun stop. Ok so the story is that a Japanese actor bought the main old building (its a...

  • Manza Onsen Nisshinkan
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Hoshimata Manza Onsen 2401
    This hot spring, at an altitude of 1,800 meters and about 90 minutes from the Usui-Karuizawa Interchange on the Joshin-etsu Expressway, is located almost in the center of the Joshinetsu National Park. The facility can be enjoyed as a day onsen, or for overnight stays and a long-stay plan is also available. There are nine types of bathtubs to enjoy such as “Gokuraku-yu”, an outdoor bath where you can enjoy the magnificent Manza mountains and starry night sky, or “Manten-no-yu”, a natural cypress tub overlooking the changing of the seasons. The water quality is sulfuric, and the milky, cloudy colored hot spring has the highest concentration of sulfur in Japan. The buffet style restaurant for dinner offering Japanese, Western and Chinese food is also popular.
  • Manza Onsen Ski Resort
    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.
  • Asama-shuzo Brewery’s Direct Sales Outlet
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    3.5
    61 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Naganohara 1392-10
    This sake brewery is located approximately 70 minutes by car from Shibukawa Ikaho interchange. The dry environment and soft water of Oku Joshu gives the sake made here a refreshing flavor. In the brewery, visitors can take the sake-tasting challenge and experience making Joshu's specialty Konjac. There is also a dining hall where visitors can enjoy the local cuisine leisurely and a cafeteria which sells Daiginjo soft-serve ice cream. The shop has an assortment of interesting items for sale, including limited items and souvenirs. Visitors who use the Senpaku Kankou Taxi service from the Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station of JR Agatsuma Line will also receive discount vouchers for the brewery. There is also parking available for visitors who wish to use their own car.

    たくさんの種類のお酒を試飲できます。 ここでしか買えないものもあり、ついつい買ってしまったりして。大吟醸ソフトを買おうとしたら、車の運転は避けてとあったので諦めました。

  • Shima Yamaguchikan
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    4.0
    150 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...

  • Tsumagoi Panorama Line
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoi-mura
    This is a wide farm road made up of two routes, from the north and south, that goes two-thirds around the mountain foothills near the center of Tsumagoi Village. The southern route runs through extensive cabbage fields while getting close to Mt. Asama, and connects to the northern route after crossing National Route 144. The northern route runs to the north of Tsumagoi Village along the plateau region and foothills of the mountains of Azumaya and Kusatsu Shirane, passing “Aisai-no-Oka”, famous for the sacred area of devoted husbands. Mountain vegetables and cabbages are sold along the roadside from July to October. Part of the northern route is closed during the winter months due to snow.
  • Kyukamura Tsumagoi-Kazawa
    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.
  • Kusatsu Hotel
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    4.5
    203 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. 

    If you want to experience what the Ryokan is like then this is it. It’s owned by a long time local family and it retains the charm of old Japan. My family and I have visited this place numerous...

  • More Than
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Isemachi 148-1
    This direst sales outlet and restaurant is located along National Route 353 in Nakanojo Town, and was established to tell people how delicious Tamagoya’s eggs are. The famous Nakanojo Chockie baked confectionaries are made with eggs from affiliated farms located at the foot of Mt. Haruna and flour and milk produced in Gunma Prefecture. The outlet mainly sells its own 100% additive-free fresh confectionaries and baked confectionaries, as well as freshly laid eggs, local agricultural produce and crafts produced by affiliated companies. The restaurant’s Tamagoya Omelet Rice is very popular.

    今回は「チーズオムライス+アラビアータソース」と「アフォガード」をいただきました。トマトソースとタマゴはベストマッチですね、美味しいです。デザートの「アフォガード」も別売ですが、いただいちゃいました。美味しかったです。

  • Kusatsu Onsen, Yorokobi no Yado, Takamatsu
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    3.5
    202 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...

  • NAKANOJO HILL TOP GARDEN
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Iriyama Komoriguchi 4046-2
    This experience facility is located along Prefectural Route 55, at the end of Hanamomo Road, in Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Visitors can appreciate various seasonal flowers such as Renge Azalea in the spring, Fuji Bakama in the summer, and herbs such as Hellebore and Dutch Sedum until mid-November. There are experience classes for dry flower wreath making and herbarium making, where participants can make their own original pieces. There is also a restaurant with a high ceiling and a clear sense of openness, where visitors can enjoy the millet-rice and Kuni curry or the countryside pasta made with a generous amount of mountain herbs.

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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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