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 16 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.
At 1,977 meters, Mt. Tanigawadake is the highest mountain in the Tanigawa mountain range. A scenic spot called "Ichinokurasawa" at the eastern foot of the mountain is a mecca for rock climbers. A 15-minute ride on the ropeway will take you up to Tenjindaira at an elevation of 1,321 meters for a splendid panoramic view.
Mt. Harunasan is one of Jomo-Sanzan, three famous mountains in Gunma and a treasure house of leisure activities centered around Lake Harunako. Mt. Haruna-fuji can easily be climbed by ropeway. Moreover, with its cherry trees, azaleas, daylilies, autumnal foliage and more, the area all around the lake is strikingly beautiful. Hiking and bicycling are among the popular activities. Boating can also be enjoyed on the lake.
Spectacular scenery with unusually shaped rocks and waterfalls extends for about 3.5 km along both banks of Agatsuma River. The river weaves through this gorge, which is home to a beautiful deciduous forest. It is especially striking in mid-April when mitsuba-tsutsuji azaleas bloom, in May during the new greenery, and from late October through early November when autumnal leaves are at their best.
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