2017/06/22

Mount Shirane reopens for exploration

One week ago to the day, the no entry zone around Mount Shirane's iconic Yugama Crater was reduced to 500 meters due to a decrease of volcanic activity in the area. This means that visitors can once again utilize the area's parking lot and resthouse as well as hike up to the observation area from where stunning views can be had of the lake. In light of this recent development, I headed yesterday to the famous mountain to take a look at the situation for myself, and also combined my investigation with visits to a few other of the area's main attractions...
2015/10/05

2015/10/05 - Route 292 Report

Today I went for a drive along national route 292, the stretch between Yamanouchi and Kusatsu. The route reaches one of the highest elevations of the national routes at 2172 meters and because of its relatively...
2014/08/20

Kusatsu Onsen Beautification

This week the Japan Guide team visited one of Japan's most well-loved onsen resort towns, Kusatsu Onsen, in Gunma Prefecture. In the last few years, Kusatsu has seen a number of...
2012/10/05

2012/10/05 - Route 292 Report

Of all national roads in Japan, a section of Route 292 between Shiga Kogen in Nagano Prefecture and Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture is the highest at about 2172 meters above sea level. The high altitude of...
2012/01/27

Kusatsu Hot Springs

A day which starts with a trip to an onsen can't be bad, especially if it's to Kusatsu. It was a beautiful day: nice sunshine, clear sky, good company. It was cold but not too cold - a heart charged with excitement brings with it...