Mar 11, 2017
"Memorable one night ryokan stay in Kusatsu" ~ for one main reason: Onsen bath! A must to do in Japan.. and best to experience in winter. I believe you won't regret this wonderful healing onsen experience. For non-Japanese, you might feel a little bit awkward at first (especially when there is someone familiar.. as a solo traveller, I didn't care that much because after all, they're just stranger~ well that was how I think about it) but.. once you overcome the first 5-10mins, you can't be bothered anymore .. **Please take note: There are bathing etiquettes to follow, you can get the reading material in your ryokan and it also can be found at the onsen facilities (it is usually pasted on the wall, so please watch out for it).
Kusatsu is a very lovely small onsen town with almost everything is centralised around Yubatake (a huge hot water field) which is located at the centre of the town. It is one of the main sources for the resort's hotspring water and it is the symbolic for Kusatsu onsen. From Kusatsu bus terminal, it took me about 5-10mins walk~ I believe that you won't go wrong if you follow the direction towards the 'sulfurous rotten eggs' smell.. (^,^) Though I didn't really like the smell initially, but not to worry so much about it because soon everything just become so natural~ It's just the smell of the nature (*≧∀≦*)
I could easily spend my evening walking around the area and feeling amused by the beauty of Kusatsu. There is an open air footbath next to yubatake where you can rest and revitalise your weary feet. Besides the bath facilities, there were also restaurants and souvenirs shops. I enjoyed strolling around in yukata and walked on geta (wooden clogs) but the great time wasn't last that long when I slipped and fell on the icy ground. **Please do not repeat my embarrassing moment~ wearing geta when the walkway could be icy or snow-covered is definitely not a good idea. You need to have a proper snow/ice grip footwears to prevent slips, trips and falls which are common hazards during winter months.
Last but not least, I would love to go back there again during the different season to experience hiking at the nearby mountain.. I am thinking that having onsen bath after an exhausting long day of hike ...would be very fulfilling~! ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡
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