GUNMA Tourist Guide of Gunma Prefecture

Mt. Kusatsu-Shiranesan

This is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.
Near Kusatsu Onsen is a cable car at two thousand meters elevation where riders can enjoy stunning views. While hiking to locations like Sesshogawara, Mononugu-no-ike Pond, and Yumi-ike Pond, visitors can enjoy flowers blooming throughout the season such as rhododendrons from May to June, fireweed flowers from July to August, and Japanese gentian flowers from September to October. Mt. Motoshiranesan is also home to dicentra flowers, often called the queen of highland vegetation.
During the winter, the ski resort offers fun in the snow and an 8,000-meter downhill slope.
In late April, the Shiga-Kusatsu Route, which is closed during the winter, becomes a snow corridor with walls nearly 5 meters tall.
"Yugama", the crater lake at the summit is impressive for its emerald green water. With a pH of approximately 1.0, it is known as the most acidic lake in Japan.
Also, at Mt. Motoshiranesan, visitors can enjoy desentra glow in colonies.

Basic Information
  • Location: Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
  • Tel:+81-279-88-7188 (Tourism Division, Kusatsu Town)
  • ▼Altitude: 2,171 m
  • ▼Access
  • [To Shirane-Kazan Ropeway Sanroku Station]
    ・ Take the JR Bus Kanto from platforms 1-3 at Naganoharakusatsuguchi Station on JR Agatsuma Line headed for the Kusatsu-onsen-bus-terminal for about 25 minutes. Get off at the Kusatsu-onsen-bus-terminal. Then, take the JR Bus, Seibu Kanko Bus or Kusakaru Kotsu headed for Sessho-gawara from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal Platform 6 for about 15 minutes and get off at Sessho-gawara.
    ・ About 2 hours by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    About 30 minutes on foot to Yugama
Website (Kusatsu Onsen Tourism Associatio): (English)

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* On Jan 23, 2018 at 11:50 (UTC +9:00), Japan Meteorological Agency pronounced and raised Volcanic Alert Level at Mt.Kusatsu-Shirane to Level 3 (Do not approach the volcano) from Level 1 (Normal).

* Road Closure in Winter
Section: From Tenguyama Gate (near the Shirane Kazan Ropeway Sancho Station) to Shibutouge Pass (on the border of Nagano Prefecture)
Duration: 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:00 AM on Friday, April 20, 2018
Visitor experiences* The information below is quoted from that of TripAdvisor.
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