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  • Kusatsu Onsen
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    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.
  • Ikaho Onsen
    Gunma Shibukawa-shi Ikahomachi Ikaho
    A hot spring district sprawling halfway up Mt. Haruna which has been known as a hot spring health resort destination since ancient times. There are two source springs in the area with differing properties, the Kogane no Yu and Shirogane no Yu, and the hot spring district bustles with visitors throughout the year. The Kogane no Yu is a reddish-brown sulfate spring containing abundant amounts of calcium and sodium; highly medicinal, the spring's waters are said to promote health and ease muscle soreness, chronic digestive diseases, and hardening of the arteries. The Shirogane no Yu is a transparent and odorless simple met silicic acid spring containing large amounts of moisturizing substances, making its waters particularly popular with women.
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  • Shima Onsen
    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.
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  • Manza Onsen
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoimura Hoshimata Manza Onsen
    This hot spring district, sprawling 1,800 meters above sea level inside Joshin'etsu-kogen National Park, is the highest hot spring district in Japan open year-round. The area boasts over 20 different source springs and generates 5.4 million liters of water a day, and since ancient times it has been used by countless people as a hot spring resort destination. The area bustles with tourists throughout the year come to enjoy the fresh verdure of spring and early summer or the fall foliage in autumn. The district is also a popular destination due to its cool temperatures in summer and skiing in winter. The area's milky white sulfur springs are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing nerve pain, muscle soreness, and sensitivity to cold.
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  • Minakami Onsen
    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Yubara
    A hot spring district sprawling along the upper reaches of the Tone River, a river which boasts the largest basin area of any in Japan. One of this district's greatest charms is its magnificent scenery, which commands a view of Mt. Tanigawa, counted as one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains. In addition to fully fledged mountain climbing, the Mt. Tanigawa is a center for river rafting, rock climbing, and other outdoor sports, and attracts many tourists throughout the year. The area's clear sulfate springs and simple springs are characterized by a smooth, velvety feel and are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to helping alleviate nerve pain, rheumatism, and skin diseases.
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  • Takaragawa Onsen
    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Fujiwara
    This hot spring district, sprawling along the Takara River in northern Gunma Prefecture, is one of the largest in the country. Featured in international guidebooks like Lonely Planet and Reuters news, the area attracts many hot spring lovers from around Japan and the world. The district's only hot spring hotel, the Osenkaku, has four outdoor baths constantly replenished kakenagashi style from the source spring, and in one of these visitors can savor relaxing hot spring waters and beautiful, seasonal scenery. The area's mildly alkaline simple spring is renowned for moisturizing the skin of bathers. The cuisine, made with mushrooms, river fish, and the area's many other natural culinary blessings, is also not to be missed.
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  • Oigami Onsen
    Gunma Numata-shi Tonemachi Oigami
    A picturesque hot spring district commanding a view Mt. Akagi, one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains. The hot spring area is dotted with many famous sightseeing destinations, such as Katashina Ravine, one of the most beautiful areas along the tributaries of the Tone River; and Fukiware Falls, nicknamed the Niagara of the East. Simple springs, simple sulfur springs, mildly alkaline hypotonic high temperature springs, and many other source springs are found in the area, and visitors can enjoy widely differing hot spring waters depending on location and facility. A morning market which serves as a symbol of this hot spring village and which is known as the greatest in the Kanto region is held here from April to mid-November.
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  • Hoshi Onsen
    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Nagai 650
    A little-known hot spring situated inside Joshin'etsu-kogen National Park, location of the famed Tanigawa mountains and Mt. Asama. The area's lone hot spring inn, the Chojukan, retains much of its Meiji period origins, and is designated a National Tangible Cultural Property. The inn's Hoshi no Yu colorless calcium and sodium sulfate spring (gypsum spring) is said to have been discovered by the great monk Kobo Daishi while on a preaching tour. The spring's abundant hot waters well up from the bottom of the Hoshi no Yu tub and are said to ease burns and hardening of the arteries. This history-leaden facility has also hosted many writers and artists such as Akiko Yosano and Yasunari Kawabata. During the era of the former Japan National Railways, the inn's Rokumeikan-style building served as the location for the rail company's famous Full Moon poster; built over a century ago, visitors can still sense the history hanging in the air.
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  • Sarugakyo Onsen
    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Sarugakyo Onsen
    A hot spring district which once flourished as an inn town because of its location along the Mikuni Kaido, a highway which connected Echigo (now Niigata) to old Edo (now Tokyo). Today, the name of this area is written with characters meaning Monkey Capital, but originally it was written with characters meaning Today is the Day of the Monkey, a name bestowed upon it by the mighty samurai lord Uesugi Kenshin in 1560 after he had an auspicious dream here on the year, month, and day of the Monkey according to the old way of reckoning (Kenshin was also born in the year of the Monkey). The area was also known as Sasa no Yu and Yujima Onsen during the Edo period. In 1958, with the building of a dam in the area, the district was moved to its current location and given its current name. Today, there are several day trip hot spring bathhouses and traditional ryokan inns in the area, and visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities surrounded by the abundant natural beauty found here. The area's source springs generate an abundance of clear, piping hot 56° C water which is used to constantly replenish hot spring bathtubs.
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  • Fujioka Onsen
    Gunma Fujioka-shi Kamihino
    The waters of the simple alkaline springs in this little-known hot spring district located in northern Kanto boast the highest pH level in the prefecture and are said to treat a variety of ailments, including atopy, nerve pain, lower back pain, stiff shoulders, muscle soreness, rheumatism, scratches, cuts, sensitivity to cold, and women's diseases. They also leave the skin silky smooth and beautiful. The hot spring is also located close to the pure Ayukawa River and offers convenient access to such sightseeing destinations as the Jabami Valley, a beautiful, 200 meter long ravine carved out of stone by the Ayukawa River over countless ages; Gunma Safari Park; and the Tomioka Silk Mill, a World Heritage Site. Sweets-lovers will find a plenty of must-taste products in Fujioka City, and long-standing confectionary shop Miwaya's Kurumi no Ki walnut roll cake and Aburaya Kashiten's Kotobuki Manju bean cakes are particularly recommended.
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