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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Kusatsu, Gumna

Kusatsu is an onsen town in Gumna Prefecture. Its a great place to visit and it looks like there are many other good places to see nearby. Unfortunately, we had bad weather on our trip and we only saw a small part of it.


The highlight for us was Saino Kawara Park. A small park right near the middle of town with great autumn scenery and one of the best onsens I have ever been in. Very large, busy open onsen with great water. No chance of photos :-(


There's also a nice gallery/shop in town right near the park.

Kusatsu also has a rather strange downtown thermal area.

Raised ducts carry the onsen water


To a kind of waterfall


There is some nice walking around this downtown area

We stayed at a very nice little Ryokan call Hinoki.

We drove in from the east and were quite disappointed with Gumna, though the area just to the east of Kusatsu looks nice. We left to the south and were treated to some great scenery. Also Karuizawa to the south looks like a good place for a food loving foreigner to visit.


More photos

Hinoki Ryokan - Kusatsu, Gumna

Map Location

This is a nice little Ryokan in Kusatsu, Gumna. Its within walking distance of all the nice places we found in this great town. The service and food are great.

Entrance

Its very hard to find. The map location linked above is accurate. You can access it from the road to the north or the south, but the north is much easier, even though it doesn't look it on the map.

The ryokan entrance from the north

You can book the ryokan at their site. There is also a phone number at that site which you could try (they do speak a little English.)

Great Food!


I'm not normally a big fan of inside onsens, but this one is totally wood and actually quite nice (sorry about the poor photography.)

More Photos (including other Kusatsu pics).