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Kusatsu Onsen to Magome/Tsumago 2019/7/16 11:32
Hi!

I am thinking of travelling from:
Matsumoto -> Yamanouchi -> Kusatsu Onsen -> Magome & Tsumago -> Nagoya.

How do you recommend I do this?
I am particularly interested in the Kusatsu Onsen -> Magome & Tsumago component.

Thankyou!
by MF4927  

Re: your itinerary 2019/7/16 13:24
When in the year will you travel?
Where will you stay before Matsumoto?

Matsumoto -> Yamanouchi -> Kusatsu Onsen -> Magome & Tsumago -> Nagoya

Taking this order of the places,
you go from Matsumoto all the way to Kusatsu Onsen and back.
Leaving Kusatsu Onsen in the morning,
you may not have time to visit both Tsumago and Magome on that day.
: Matsumoto -- Nagano -- Yamanouchi -- Nagano --
Karuizawa -- Kusatsu Onsen -- Karuizawa -- Nagano -- Matsumoto --
Nagiso -- Tsumago -- Magome -- Nakatsugawa -- Nagoya.

From Nagoya
you can get to Matsumoto on a Limited Express train in about two hours.

To start from Tokyo, the above route is definitely roundabout;
you had better rearrange the destinations.
: Tokyo -- Karuizawa -- Kusatsu Onsen -- Karuizawa -- Nagano --
Yamanouchi -- Nagano -- Matsumoto --
Nagiso -- Tsumago -- Magome -- Nakatsugawa -- Nagoya.

In midsummer,
buses between Karuizawa and Kusatsu Onsen may be delayed
due to the congestion of the road traffic
(because of the high popularity of Karuizawa);
the alternative route via Naganoharakusatsuguchi sounds worth considering.

- Japan Guide: How to get to Kusatsu Onsen
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7403.html
- Japan Guide: Bus timetables: Magome and Tsumago
https://www.japan-guide.com/bus/kiso.html
: Many Limited Express trains skip Nagiso Station.
Nakatsugawa Station is generally more convenient.

by omotenashi rate this post as useful

Re: Kusatsu Onsen to Magome/Tsumago 2019/7/16 13:25
I will be doing this route in December!

Does this change anything?
by MF4927 rate this post as useful

Re: Kusatsu Onsen to Magome/Tsumago 2019/7/16 14:32
The bus timetables
for Karuizawa -- Kusatsu Onsen
vary by seasons;
currently on the web, the winter timetable is not found.

The year-round bus timetable
for Naganoharakusatsuguchi -- Kusatsu Onsen
is now available on the JR Bus Kanto website,
though in Japanese only.

While Karuizawa is more easily accessible from Nagano Station,
the JR bus sounds more useful for you to plan your trips several months in advance.

by omotenashi rate this post as useful

Re: Kusatsu Onsen to Magome/Tsumago 2019/7/16 15:21

Are you planning to hike from Magome ->Tsumago ? If your visit is at the end of Dec, you may want to check if the area will be covered in snow?
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