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Kusatsu has the largest natural flow of hot spring water in all of Japan, much of which surfaces at the Yubatake in the town center. The sulfurous, highly acidic waters have been considered among Japan's best for centuries, and the resort town has constantly occupied a top spot in onsen rankings. It is difficult to beat Kusatsu in terms of quality and quantity of its waters.

Kusatsu's waters can be enjoyed at the town's public baths and ryokan. The most prominent public baths are the Sainokawara Rotemburo (large outdoor pools in Sainokawara Park), the Otakinoyu with its unique Awaseyu baths that features multiple wooden pools with different water temperatures, and the Gozanoyu, a beautiful wooden building next to the Yubatake with two simple, traditional baths.

Besides these three large public baths, there are more than a dozen small community bath houses scattered around town. Most of them are for exclusive use by local residents, but three of them, the Shirohatanoyu, Jizonoyu and Chiyonoyu, are also open to tourists. These community bath houses are free to use and have small, gender-separated pools that typically sit only 2-4 persons and are filled with very hot water.

Of course, Kusatsu's waters can also be enjoyed at ryokan baths across the town. While staying guests can use the baths for free during their entire stay, some ryokan also open their baths to non-staying visitors during daytime for an admission fee of typically 500 to 1500 yen.

Lastly, there are a few foot baths (ashiyu) found in town that can be used freely by tourists. One of them stands next to the Yubatake and another one just outside the bus terminal building, while a large one is located in Sainokawara Park.

Other bath related attractions in Kusatsu include Yumomi, a traditional method of cooling down the hot spring water to bathing temperature that includes dancing and singing. Performances are held daily and can be viewed at Netsunoyu.

Sainokawara Rotenburo••

10 minute walk from the Yubatake
Hours: 7:00 to 20:00 (from 9:00 from December to March)
Admission closes 30 minutes before closing time
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 600 yen

Otakinoyu••

15 minute walk from the Yubatake
Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (entry until 20:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 900 yen

Gozanoyu

Next to the Yubatake
Hours: 7:00 to 21:00 (from 8:00 from Dec to Mar), entry until 20:30
Admission: 600 yen (bath only), 2000 yen per hour for private tatami room rental

Shirohatanoyu

Next to the Yubatake
Hours: 5:00 to 23:00 (closed for cleaning around 8:00)
Admission: Free

Jizonoyu

5 minute walk from the Yubatake
Hours: 8:00 to 22:00
Admission: Free

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

Getting there and around

Ryokan and public baths are spread across the town of Kusatsu. Some of the most famous public bath houses are shown on the map above.

How to get to and around Kusatsu Onsen

Hotels around Kusatsu Onsen

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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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    • Oyado Yukizumi
      Mid-range
      Located in Kusatsu, 300 metres from Yubatake, Oyado Yukizumi provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. The ryokan offers a hot spring bath and luggage storage space. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. All guest rooms include a safety deposit box. Guests at the ryokan can enjoy an American breakfast. Kusatsu Nettaiken is 1.2 km from Oyado Yukizumi, while Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort is 1.8 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 79 km from the accommodation.
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    • Soumeian
      Mid-range
      Situated in Kusatsu, 200 metres from Kusatsu Nettaiken, Soumeian features accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking and a garden. Located around less than 1 km from Yubatake, the ryokan with free WiFi is also 2.8 km away from Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort. The ryokan has newspapers and a fax machine and photocopier that guests can use. 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. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Soumeian offers a hot spring bath. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 79 km from the ryokan.
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    • Kusatsu Onsen Boun
      Luxury
      Kusatsu Onsen Boun boasts ski-to-door access, 6 hot spring baths and a garden, while guests can choose which a yukata robe they would like to use. It offers a terrace, ski gear rentals and free WiFi in the rooms. Massage treatments are available. Japanese-style rooms feature a tatami (woven-straw) floor and traditional futon bedding, while Western rooms come with carpeting and beds. All rooms offer an LCD TV, a fridge and an en suite bathroom. Boun Kusatsu Onsen houses a souvenir shop, a library and drinks vending machines and. Free parking is available. Kusatsu Onsen Boun is a 4-minute drive from Kusatsu Kokusai Ski Area, and a 1-hour drive from Karuizawa Station.
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    • Kusatsu Onsen Eidaya
      Budget-friendly
      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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    • Kusatsu onsen Futabaya
      Mid-range
      Kusatsu onsen Futabaya offers accommodation in Kusatsu. Free private parking is available on site. There is 1 paid public bath facility and 3 free public bath facilities within a minute's walk from the property, while Yubatake is also a minute's stroll away. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a bath. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal, restaurants, bars and convenience stores are located within walking distance from the accommodation. Yubatake is 100 metres from Kusatsu onsen Futabaya , while Kusatsu Onsen is 400 metres away.
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    • Kanemidori
      Luxury
      Just a 3-minute walk from the famous Yubatake Hot Spring, Kane Midori offers massage services and its own hot-spring baths. The Japanese rooms have futon beds and a Western bathroom. Tatami (woven-straw) floors and shoji paper screens complete the zen atmosphere in Kane Midori Ryokanfs air-conditioned rooms. All rooms come with a fridge and electric kettle, while the bathroom has a bathtub and amenities. Kusatsu International Ski Area is 1.5 km away.The ryokan is 11 km from Haneo Train Station, and 7 km from Sanroku Ropeway Station. Nikko-ji Temple is about a 5-minute walk away. The hotel offers ski storage and luggage storage. A hot-spring bath can be reserved for private use, for a fee. An authentic Japanese breakfast is served.
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    • Kusatsu Hotel
      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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    • Ryokan Tamura
      Mid-range
      Offering free WiFi, Ryokan Tamura offers accommodation in Kusatsu, 600 metres from Kusatsu Nettaiken and 2.1 km from Kusatsu Kokusai Ski Resort. Popular points of interest around the property include Yubatake and Kusatsu Onsen. All rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Each room includes a shared bathroom. Guest rooms are fitted with a seating area. Guests can make use of the hot spring bath. Skiing is among the activities that guests can enjoy near Ryokan Tamura. Omote Manza is 18 km from the accommodation, while Manza Onsen is 20 km from the property. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 108 km from the property.
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