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The Yubatake (“’”¨, lit. "hot water field") is the symbol of Kusatsu and one of the resort's main sources of hot spring water. In fact, with an output of 5000 liters per minute, the Yubatake ranks among Japan's single most productive hot spring sources.

After bubbling to the surface at a temperature of more than 70 degrees Celsius and with a pleasant sulfur odor, the hot spring water is cooled down in the Yubatake's wooden conduits by a few degrees before it gets distributed to the various ryokan and public baths. In addition, sulfuric sediment (yunohana, lit. "hot water flowers") that collects in the wooden conduits over time is periodically harvested and sold as a type of "bath salt" at local shops.

Many ryokan and shops are clustered around the Yubatake and there is a steady stream of visitors, many of whom wear yukata and geta (traditional sandals) in the evening when the Yubatake is lit up. There is also a foot bath (ashiyu), that can be used for free.

Getting there and around

The Yubatake is located in the town center, a five minute walk from the bus terminal.

How to get to and around Kusatsu Onsen

Hotels around Kusatsu Onsen

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    • Soumeian
      Mid-range
      Situated in Kusatsu, 47 km from Jigokudani Monkey Park, Soumeian features accommodation with a garden, free private parking and a shared lounge. This 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, the non-smoking ryokan has a hot spring bath. All rooms at the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At Soumeian rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Mt. Kusatsu Shirane is 15 km from Soumeian. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 108 km from the ryokan.
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    • Kusatsu Onsen Eidaya
      Mid-range
      Kusatsu Onsen Eidaya is located in Kusatsu. The property is a 10-minute walk from Kusatsu Yubatake and Kusatsu-Onsen Bus Terminal. Guests can find a private hot spring bath and Japanese restaurant on site. At the ryokan, all rooms include a flat-screen TV, fridge and wardrobe. Certain rooms feature in-room hot spring bath, while some rooms offer a kitchen with a microwave. An Asian breakfast is served each morning at the property. The shared lounge area includes activities such as game consoles, board games and playing cards. Guests at Kusatsu Onsen Eidaya will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kusatsu, like skiing. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 78 km from Kusatsu Onsen Eidaya.
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    • Oyado Yukizumi
      Mid-range
      Located in Kusatsu, 46 km from Jigokudani Monkey Park, Oyado Yukizumi provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. This 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is set 14 km from Mt. Kusatsu Shirane. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. All guest rooms include a safety deposit box. An American breakfast is available daily at the ryokan. Oyado Yukizumi offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 107 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hanaingen
      Mid-range
      Hanaingen is an adult only accommodation situated in Kusatsu, just a 2-minute walk from Yubatake, or the hot water field in Kusatsu Onsen. Free private parking is available on site and free WiFi is available in all guest rooms. Guests who check-in before 18:00 will receive complimentary welcome sweets. Every room at this ryokan is air conditioned and comes with a TV. The entire property is non-smoking. There are 4 different types of private baths available on site that staying guests can use for free. The baths are equipped with shampoo, conditioner and soap created by Shiseido with Kusatsu Onsen. Complimentary breakfast that features healthy beans is provided at this property. Gozanoyu, a hot springs bath facility is a 2-minute walk away while Ohtakinoyu is a 7-minute walk from the property. Sainokawara open-air bath is a 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive from the property. Kusatsu Kokusai Ski Resort is 1.1 km from the property.
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    • Tokinoniwa
      Luxury
      4-star Tokinoniwa offers free internet access and flat-screen TVs in rooms, in the well-known hot spring area of Kusatsu. It features hot springs, free private parking and free shuttle. Tokinoniwa Ryokan is a 15-minute drive from Kusatsu Bus Station and a 5-minute drive from Kusatsufs city centre. Spacious rooms feature tatami flooring, futon bedding and a wooden bathtub in the bathroom. They are fitted with satellite channels and a refrigerator are provided. Guests can enjoy Tokinoniwafs indoor and outdoor hot springs as well as its sauna and massages. Free yukata rental is available. Souvenirs can be bought at the gift shop. Tokinoniwafs restaurant serves a Western or Japanese set menu for breakfast. It also offers traditional multicourse Japanese dinners. Drinks are available at the hotelfs sake bar.
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    • Kusatsu Hotel Bekkan Wata no Yu (Adult Only)
      Mid-range
      Situated in Kusatsu, within 45 km of Jigokudani Monkey Park and 14 km of Mt. Kusatsu Shirane, Kusatsu Hotel Bekkan Wata no Yu (Adult Only) features accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 107 km from the ryokan.
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    • Kirishimaya Ryokan
      Mid-range
      Kirishimaya Ryokan is located in the Kusatsu Onsen area, with views of the mountain and surrounding nature. Featuring public and hot-spring baths, the Japanese-style accommodation offers a massage service and free parking on site. Free WiFi is available in rooms. Rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring, traditional futon bedding and shoji paper screens. Each room is equipped with a fridge, a tea maker and a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy the areafs hiking trails, or relax with a massage. The hotelfs Shiriyaki-buro baths are said to help with back pain. A private hot-spring bath can be available, free of charge. Kirishimaya Ryokan is a 10-minute walk from Kusatsu-onsen bus terminal and a 25-minute bus ride from JR Naganohara Kusatsu Onsenguchi Train Station.
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    • Urakusatsu TOU
      Luxury
      Located in Kusatsu, 46 km from Jigokudani Monkey Park, Urakusatsu TOU provides accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. This 4-star ryokan offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Guests can have a drink at the bar. Guest rooms in the ryokan are equipped with a kettle. At Urakusatsu TOU each room is fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kusatsu, like skiing. Mt. Kusatsu Shirane is 14 km from Urakusatsu TOU. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 107 km from the ryokan.
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    • Kusatsu Onsen Kusatsu Hotel1913
      Luxury
      Built in 1913, the Kusatsu Hotel exhibits the architectural style of the Japanese Taisho Era. Guests at the hotel can unwind in the indoor or outdoor public hot spring bath, a private-use bath or the soothing footbath. Only a few minutes walk to Museum of Kataoka Tsurutaro, Sai-no-Kawara Park and Yubatake Hot Springs. The property offers free WiFi at the lobby, free parking and free pick-up from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal until 20:00. Japanese cuisine is served in the privacy of the guestroom, while free coffee can be enjoyed in company of visiting birds at the Caf? Terrace. The Kusatsu Hotel is around a 5-minute walk from the Shirane Jinja Shrine and Sai-no-Kawara Hot Spring, and a 7-minute walk from Yubatake Hot Springs. Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station is a 25-minute bus ride away. Rooms are decorated with a tatami (woven-straw) floor, shoji sliding paper screens and a low table with seating cushions. They have a seating area with a coffee table and chairs, traditional futon bedding and an attached toilet. Amenities include an LCD TV, a fridge and toiletries. In-room massages and beauty salon services can be arranged for an additional fee. A souvenir shop is available on site.
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    • Kusatsu KOTODAMA
      Budget-friendly
      Kusatsu KOTODAMA is a Japanese-style guest house that is located just a 4-minute walk away from Kustatsu Onsen Bus Terminal. The property is also a 10-minute walk from Yubatake hot springs field. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Shampoo and hairdryers are available at the shared shower room. Several hot springs baths are located within a walking distance from the property. The on-site kitchenette has a microwave, electric kettle, kitchenware and some cookware that guests are free to use. There is a supermarket within a minute's walking distance from the property. Kusatsu Kokusai Ski Resort is 1.2 km away.
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