One day in Kusatsu Onsen

One day in Kusatsu Onsen

Back in April I went for the first time to Kusatsu Onsen, in Gunma Prefecture. I had never visited an Onsen Town before, and it was a very interesting experience! It is said to be one of the three top hot springs in Japan, and it takes approximately 3 hours to get there by taking the Shinkansen first and then a bus on a very scenic route across big woods and small towns. 

One of the first thing you will notice arriving in Kusatsu Onsen is its peculiar smell. Due to the acidic nature of the water flowing in the open-air hot springs, the sulfuric smell reminds a lot of the one of rotten eggs. But do not let yourself be fooled: these waters flow directly from Mount Kusatsu-Shirane and are rumored to have a lot of benefits to them. 

The activity I enjoyed the most were the occasional free footbaths available for everyone to use along the streets; the water was hot but very enjoyable. Food-wise, I loved the honey and kinako powder coated grilled mochi so much I ended up getting it twice in a single day. 

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