Lying nearby Karuizawa, Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan’s most famous ‘onsen’ (hot spring) towns. For many if not most Japanese, the town is instantly recognisable due to its immense ‘yubatake’, an open-air hot water field over which thermal water gushes through timber troughs in order to cool. As it does so, it is fed into the towns many guesthouses, to fill their hot springs with mineral-rich volcanic water.
Our ’25 Things To Do In & Around Kusatsu Onsen’ page highlights some of the activities and attractions waiting to be discovered. Kusatsu Onsen can be accessed directly from Karuizawa Station using local bus services; and as a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line running from Tokyo to Kanazawa via Nagano, Kusatsu is within easy reach of the capital.
Once there, visitors will discover a dramatic yet beautiful landscape enticing you to explore the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park and onto the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Kusatsu Onsen truly is one of Central Japan’s most unique destinations.
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Snow Monkey Resorts: Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator
When planning and booking your trip to Kusatsu Onsen and Central Japan, it’s important that you can do so with confidence that your intended destinations will be both enjoyable and safe. As Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, we offer a range of services including group tours, private tours and private charters to help you get the most out of your time in the region.
We can arrange transport to and from any destination in the region, with a customised itinerary to suit your travel needs. Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from any destination. Vehicles are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety.
We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!
Why choose us?
Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.
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