Remote Kusatsu, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture Japan Published on: 01-04-2016
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Why Kusatsu is special ?
Kusatsu Onsen (草津温泉) is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts and is blessed with large volumes of high quality hot spring water said to cure every illness but lovesickness.
Well known as a hot spring resort for many centuries, Kusatsu's fame was further boasted by German doctor Erwin von Baelz, who served at the imperial court in the late 1800s and recommended Kusatsu for its water's health benefits.
Kusatsu is situated at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture, and offers skiing in winter and hiking during the rest of the year to be enjoyed in combination with hot spring bathing. Kusatsu is also located along Japan's Romantic Road.
What to explore at Kusatsu?
There are about 100 hot springs in Kusatsu with a total amount of about 34,000 liters water per minute pouring out of the ground. The water is sulfurous and acidic. The hot springs are said to help cure: arthralgia, stiff shoulders, paralysis, hardenings, bruises, sprains, chronic indigestion, hemorrhoids, chills, arteriosclerosis, burns, chronic gynecological disorders. The water from the natural hot springs is used not only for bathing but also for heating of the city's primary and secondary schools, the municipal welfare center, the streets during winter and many households, as well as for the municipal swimming pool.
The Bälz Museum is another of Kusatsu's attractions. Located at the entrance to Kusatsu, visitors can inform themselves about the life and work of Erwin Bälz. There is also a souvenir shop with goods mostly from Germany and the Czech Republic.
Another of Kusatsu's attractions are the mountain flowers growing in and around the city. The most famous are:
Watasuge (Eriophorum Vaginatum, Hare's tail cotton grass)
Zazensō (Simplocarpus foetidus, Skunk cabbage)
Azumashakunage (Rhododendron Metternichii var. Japonica, a kind of Rhododendron)
Hakusanshakunage (Rhododendron brachycarpum, a kind of Rhododendron)
There are a number of waterfalls and crater lakes in the vicinity of Kusatsu. The most famous ones are:
Yugama (湯釜?) located 2,100 meters above sea level is the crater lake of Mount Shirane. It boasts a very high acidity and an emerald-green surface.
Yumiike (弓池?, lit. "bow lake"), 2,000 meters above sea level is located between Mount Shirane and Mount Motoshirane. Its water is crystal clear.
Ōsen no taki (嫗仙の滝?) and the Jōfu no taki (常布の滝?) are waterfalls near Kusatsu.
Komakusa (Dicentra peregrina, a kind of Magnolia)
Festivals and events
Himuro no sekku
During the year there are a number of traditional festivals as well as a number of events.
Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival, in late August, which attracts famous musicians from all over Japan and abroad, and is often attended by members of the Japanese Imperial Household.
Kōsenji flower festival (光泉寺花祭り Kōsenji hanamatsuri?) on 7–8 May. The children of the kindergarten near the Buddhist temple of Kōsenji pull an elephant made of paper around the Yubatake in celebration of Buddha's birthday.
Ice-cave festival (氷室の節句 Himuro no Sekku?) on the first of June. Ice is brought from a cave in Mt. Shirane, which was formed by an eruption of the volcano, and is used to make tea. According to folklore, anyone who drinks this special tea will not get ill in the following year.
- Famous hot spring resorts
- Attractivie atmosphere
- Representative resort of Japan.
- Japan's Romantic Road
- Interesting thing to do
Kusatsu, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture Japan