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Kusatsu-machi Attractions: What to do in Kusatsu-machi
"Kusatsu is located about 1/2 way between the western Kanto plain and the peak of Mt Shirane a very active volcano, last eruption in 1957. The trip from Kusatsu takes about 30 minutes by bus and costs 1,100 yen round trip. Note the tickets are honored by all of the several bus companies making the ..."run, so catching a bus is not time critical.
The peak of the mountain has the usual inexpensive resturant, souviner shop and a "museum" describing the mountain, all displays are in Japanese.
From the upper level bus stop it is about a 20-30 minute hike up a paved path to the summit where there is a small but quite lovely turquoise blue crater lake, in addition there are two other much smaller crater lakes near by. The day we went was cloudy but at other the view from the mountain top would likely be quite nice also.
Lots of kids on school excursions, and a surprising number of older tourists making the jaunt. Certainly not enough reason in and of itself to visit Kusatsu, but a nic...
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"In my recent self-planned trip to Japan, I have included Kusatsu as one of the 'must-go' places.
Took a train from Shinjuku to Ueno then transfer to a limitied train heading all the way to Naganoharakusatsu-guchi. From there we boarded a bus which headed all the way to my destination - Kusatsu.
..."We checked into one of a local ryokan which equipped with indoor & outdoor onsen - that's what I love most.
Of course the draw to this place besides onsen is some of the attractions - Yubatake is definitely one of them. This is so-called the symbol of Kusatsu.Be it day or night, you will see people gathering around this place. Especially in the night, everyone strolled to this place in their yukata......
Over here, you can see many mini public foot-bath where people enjoyed soaking their legs into hot onsen.
Go watch the Yomomi performance - short interesting 30 mins with participation allowed. Sainokawara park is also a place to visit - hot spring water ccan be seen oozing from the grou...
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