This onsen resort is famous as one of the three major onsen in Japan. The unique bathing method of jikanyu (timed bathing) and yumomi (water beating) are customs that have been passed down since the Edo period. In addition to the high spring quality, the atmosphere of the resort is attractive with the Yubatake (literally means hot water fields, a wooden facility for thermal moderation of the water) located at the center. Also, this onsen resort boasts the greatest amount of hot spring water discharged in Japan. Among the top 100 Onsen selected by travel pros, Kusatsu Onsen has ranked No. 1 in Japan for 15 years in a row! In both name and reality, this onsen resort is representative of Japan.
This onsen resort is one of the highest onsen resorts in Japan as it is located at 1,760 meters above sea level. For this reason the view from the open-air bath is outstanding. A feature of this onsen is the color of milky white. Renowned as a symbol of Manza Onsen, "Karabuki" jets volcanic gas containing steam from between the rocks. Visitors can also enjoy skiing at nearby ski grounds in winter.
Ikaho Onsen is located halfway up Mt. Harunasan at an elevation of 700 meters. It has a long history as its name even appears in the Manyoshu, Japan's oldest surviving collection of poems, said to have been edited in the late seventh and late eighth centuries. Here you can enjoy two types of onsen: "Kogane no Yu (Golden Water)", in which the iron contained in the water has oxidized to form a distinctive brownish-red color; and "Shirogane no Yu (Silver Water)", whose gushing was only discovered in recent years. The 300-meter long path with 365 stone steps at the center of the onsen resort creates a unique atmosphere. This onsen resort is also known as the birthplace of onsen manju (steamed bean-jam buns).
Gunma Prefecture is Japan's leading producer of Sosaku (original) Kokeshi dolls. Usaburo Kokeshi is Japan's largest craft center of Sosaku Kokeshi dolls, where visitors can paint their own Kokeshi doll.
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