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4 Spectacular Inns Near Hot Springs In Kusatsu Onsen

4 Spectacular Inns Near Hot Springs In Kusatsu Onsen

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by Kajiyama

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Kusatsu Onsen is a hot springs resort with the largest yield of hot water in Japan. Stay near the Yubatake, the symbol of Kusatsu's hot spring resort, for convenience and better sightseeing. Read to learn four ryokan and inns nearby the iconic hot water field for a relaxing hot springs trip.

Where to Stay at in Kusatsu Onsen

Situated in Gunma Prefecture, Kusatsu Onsen is ranked as one of the three best hot spring resort areas in Japan. Kusatsu Onsen boasts the largest yield of hot water nationwide with more than 32,300 liters per minute, amounting to 230,000 barrels per day.

The Yubatake, which produces hot water at a rate of 4,000 liters per minute, is the symbol of Kusatsu, located in the center of a cluster of hot spring inns. Visitors can further appreciate Kusatsu Onsen if they lodge near the iconic hot water field.

This reasoning lies with the Yubatake's location. There are various sightseeing spots and facilities conveniently nearby.

The Netsu-no-Yu Bathhouse, where guests can see a traditional Yumomi Show, souvenir shops selling onsen manju (buns filled with red bean), and convenience stores are all located near the Yubatake.

Beware of Ice on the Roads During Winter

4 Spectacular Inns To Stay At Kusatsu Onsen In Gunma Prefecture

While some people may not mind walking, the temperature in Kusatsu is considerably lower than in Tokyo.

According to 2018 data from the Meteorological Agency, the average annual temperature in Tokyo was 16.8 degrees Celsius while the average in January was 4.7 degrees Celsius. On the contrary, the average yearly temperature in Kusatsu was 8.3 degrees Celsius and minus 4.7 degrees Celsius in January. This data reveals that Kusatsu is about eight degrees colder on both accounts.

The actual temperature may drop even lower. In March, while Tokyo is starting to become a little warm, it may still be snowing in Kusatsu. If you plan on sightseeing with elderly travel companions or with children, it would be ideal to book accommodations near the Yubatake.

The four inns listed below are all within a two-minute walking distance from the Hot Water Field.

The lodging types vary from an old ryokan (Japanese-style inn) with a traditional yumori (keeper of the hot springs) to a budget-friendly hotel without a hot spring of its own. There should be an accommodation that fits all of your requirements.

Yubatake Souan: A 10-Second Walk from the Yubatake

Yubatake Souan

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From Yubatake Souan, it takes only ten seconds on foot to reach the Yubatake. This may be the most conveniently located lodging in Kusatsu.

This is a budget-friendly facility that has omitted conventional services available at a ryokan (Japanese-style inn), such as complimentary chauffeur services, meal services, and Japanese tea in guestrooms.

Although there are 17 rooms, the tub in the large public bath may seem small. Because the inn is near the spring source, the hot water is not overly exposed to air. The deep tub is designed to increase the pressure on the guest's toes, making it feel like you're receiving a massage.

Please keep in mind that children under 12 years of age are not allowed at this inn. Also, there is a strict occupancy rule for all of the guestrooms. Be sure to contact the inn in advance if you plan on traveling in a group.

Yubatake Souan is an ideal inn for guests seeking a quiet and private atmosphere.

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4 Spectacular Inns To Stay At Kusatsu Onsen In Gunma Prefecture

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Naraya: A Long-Established Onsen One Minute from the Yubatake

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Founding in 1877, Naraya boasts a history of more than 140 years, and the building, including the main bath, has an air of elegance befitting a long-established business.

The inn is famous for having a "yumori" who stirs the water delivered from the source with a wooden plank. By stirring the scalding water, the temperature gradually cools, and the spring water feels soft.

The Minezakura is a three-room suite (bedroom, living room, and tatami room) with an exclusive view of the Yubatake. Guests can enjoy the scenery from a large, round window.

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Kusatsu Onsen Futabaya: A Budget-Friendly Inn Only a 1-Minute Walk from the Yubatake

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Futabaya, which opened in the summer of 2015, is another budget-friendly facility in a central location in Kusatsu Onsen. The room rates for both the single and twin rooms start at 5,400 yen per person each day.

The guestrooms are all budget hotel types with private bathrooms. While the hotel does not have its own hot spring, there are three communal baths, all free and within a three-minute walking distance.

19 communal baths called "sotoyu" are located around the Yubatake, which are frequented by locals. Visitors are allowed to use three of these bathhouses.

Futabaya has grown popular among guests who prefer to enjoy the sotoyu (public outdoor baths) tour and the Kusatsu cuisine—all while saving on lodging costs. In fact, it is now one of the most sought-after hotels in the area.

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Hanaingen: A Centrally-located Inn Run by a Japanese Confectionery

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Founded in 1923, Kasho Seigetsudo, a local confectionery, began operating in Kusatsu. Its specialty, hana ingen amanatto (boiled beans coated in sugar), was purchased by the former Emperor in 1983 when the National Athletic Meet was held in Gunma Prefecture.

Hanaingen is an inn run by Kasho Seigetsudo. The guests are greeted with seasonal Japanese confections such as sanshoku dango (skewered mochi in three colors) or matcha-flavored warabi mochi (a glutinous sweet topped with syrup). They can also try their hand at brewing matcha tea and savor breakfast dishes made from various beans.

The inn offers a variety of perks, such as four rental baths with free-flowing hot spring water, that are available to all guests. If the baths are unoccupied, you can soak at your leisure without making additional reservations. There is also a "shampoo bar," where different brands of shampoo chosen by the proprietress, are lined up.

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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