Kusatsu Onsen is a popular tourist destination in Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. The place can boast of thirteen public baths, all of which are free and maintained by city residents.
The water has been said to have healing properties for centuries, largely thanks to a German doctor, Erwin von Bälz, who taught medicine at the University of Tokyo. Locals also claim that the water can cure any disease except a broken heart.
Kusatsu is located at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture and is therefore also ideal as a destination for skiers and hikers who can relax in the hot springs after a hard day.
From Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station, a bus runs to Kusatsu Onsen Town. The yubatake is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
The Kusatsu Shirane Mountain (also called Shirane Mountain) is an active stratovolcano in Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture. It is 2,160 meters high and is located immediately north of the Asama volcano. The volcano last erupted in 1983 and 2018. One of its greatest features are the three crater lakes on its summit. The largest of these lakes is the Yu-gama crater lake, which offers an incomparable sight with its turquoise-blue water. It is also the most acidic lake in all of Japan. The summit of Kusatsu Shirane Mountain is easily accessible on foot via its various hiking trails. However, it is also possible to cover a large part of the route by car. However, due to the danger of volcanic activity, certain areas of the volcano may be temporarily inaccessible