Discover Kusatsu Onsen

Immerse yourself in the healing atmosphere of Kusatsu Onsen, a quaint spa town nestled amidst stunning mountains. This hidden gem offers a genuine traditional onsen experience, perfect for those seeking a rejuvenating escape. Stroll through the charming streets, visit the Yubatake hot spring field, and enjoy the traditional ryokans and Japanese hospitality that await you in this delightful destination.

Things to see and do


Getting around in Kusatsu Onsen

The easiest way around Kusatsu Onsen is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary.  If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Kusatsu Onsen

Public transportation:

To get from Tokyo to Kusatsu Onsen by public transportation, travelers have the following options:

  • Option 1: Bullet Train:

    1. First, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Takasaki Station. The journey takes approximately 50 minutes

    2. Transfer to the JR Agatsuma Line at Takasaki Station and get off at Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
      (The total travel time is approximately 2 hours.)

  • Option 2: Regular Train:

    1. First, take the JR Joetsu Line from Ueno Station to Takasaki Station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    2. Transfer to the JR Agatsuma Line at Takasaki Station and get off at Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
      (The total travel time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.)


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How long to stay in Kusatsu Onsen

We recommend staying here for about two days.

Hotels in Kusatsu Onsen

Seasonal information

The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.


Winter sports:
Ski resorts in Japan typically run from January until April. Though this can differ from year to year, depending on the amount of snow.

  • Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort: click here for the most up-to-date information.

Festivals in Kusatsu Onsen

There is one festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of the festival, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

  • Kusatsu Onsen Thanksgiving

    • Date: August 1st and 2nd

    • Time: 18:00 - ???

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