Remember last time I blogged about my trip to Karuizawa, didn’t I?
On my 2nd day in Karuizawa, I went to Kusatsu Onsen.
Kusatsu Onsen could be reached from Karuizawa by bus in 100 minutes.
It costs around 2200¥ ish. (I don’t remember the exact price)
Our first destination was…..
Of course the onsen! Kusatsu is famous for the onsen.
One of the famous onsen is Sainokawara onsen, it also has the rotemburo (outdoor hotspring). Unfortunately, when we went there, the onsen was still in reconstruction (it will be finished on March 2015), so we chose another onsen.
Ootaki no Yu onsen!
It’s also big and a nice place to relax.
Cost around 700-1000¥
There is a restaurant inside the onsen.
This onsen also have an outdoor onsen, but not that big
After went inside the onsen and had a fulfilling meal, me and my friends, we strolled around the kusatsu area.
We arrived at yubatake 湯畑. This is the icon and the main source of the hot water in Kusatsu.
The temperature is very high, it could reach 70C,
therefore the boxes-like item above is used to cool it down.
A very strong sulphur could be smell.
Speaking of the city itself, I think Kusatsu gave a traditional, old-town vibes
There are a lot of shops around Yubatake
See? It’s remind me of the town in Samurai Movie lol
Speaking about the city, we can’t simply forget about the food! There are a lot of delicious snack food in Kusatsu, and most of the vendors provide tester!
Onsen Tamago! They boiled the eggs in the hot water from the onsen.
Grilled shrimp and squid
お菓子, sweet black bean and dried food
And this is my favourite, Onsen Manju! 🙂
It is sweet and warm.
We continued walking to the Sainokawara Park. The Sainokawara onsen located in this area.
Those small ponds contain hot water.
In order to reach the onsen, you just have to keep walking up the hill
Way to go!
A small shrine on the way to the onsen
– Sky Resort
– Yumomi Performance (Performance to cool down the water)
So, is it recommended?
+ The onsen is super good! and it is claimed that the hot water is good for your health.
+ The street food
– Well, aside from the hot spring, I think that the scenery is not that super beautiful, or something you must see
– The transport is a bit inflexible (unless you drive your own car). The last Kusakaru Bus from Kusatsu to Karuizawa departs at 5 PM. And the bus itself is not that frequent.
So, if you go to Japan, will you go there? 🙂
If I ever did a giveaway, what item would you like to get? 😀