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.
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.
Fukiware-no-taki Falls with a drop from seven meters high and 30 meters wide are a popular tourist spot as one million people visit each year. The rapid stream gushing down from both sides and hitting the river bottom is a spectacular sight. Seen form the bedrock above them, the falls make a powerful impression. The autumnal foliage is also a must-see.
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.
It is one of the three scenic spots in Japan. The fantastically shaped rocks sculpt dramatic forms of natural beauty and offer various attractive landscapes throughout the seasons. Mt. Myogisan can be viewed with pleasure from afar or enjoyed by climbing its steep slopes, so that it is loved by photographers and mountaineers. From mid-April to mid-May, 5,000 cherry trees of some 45 varieties can be enjoyed at "Sakura no Sato" at the southern foot of Mt. Myogisan.
Mt. Akagi-yama is the symbol of Gunma Prefecture. Enjoy the gorgeous sights of Japanese azaleas in spring and foliage in autumn. Lakes called Onuma, Konuma, and Kakumanbuchi are located at the summit. As a famous summer retreat, it was loved by great writers such as Naoya Shiga and Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
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