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 With one hundred large and small natural hot spring fountains, Kusatsu has won renown as the best hot spring resort in eastern Japan since the days of old. All sorts of legends about Kusatsu have been passed down through the ages. In one legend, Prince Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto discovered Kusatsu in ancient times, which indicates how long Kusatsu's history is. In another legend, Shogun Minamoto-no-Yoritomo bathed at the hot spring called Shirohata on his way back from a grand hunt. And in another legend, Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune ordered his men to carry water to Edo (now Tokyo) from the fountain of Yubatake (field of hot water), so that he could bathe in it. Kusatsu Onsen has been famous as a hot spring resort for recovering health since the middle of the Edo Period (1603-1867). In fact, it was flourishing so much during the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate that people would often refer to it as "the resort with a thousand flourishing spas."

 2,000-meter high mountains including Mt. Shirane, Mt. Hon Shirane, Mt. Ainomine, and others tower in the skies of the northwestern part of the town, which centers around Yubatake. When considering the conglomerate of mountains to be a single multi-peaked mountain, the entire conglomerate is called Mt. Kusatsu Shirane. Endowed with valuable alpine plants and unique volcanic belt landscape, the whole area is carefully preserved as the Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park. The trekking course set up in the periphery is also lush in natural beauty where the fascinating alpine flora adorning the mountains can be enjoyed each season. Yumi Pond, Kagami Pond, and other ponds add an element of dreamlike fantasy to Kusatsu's dynamic natural harmony. In addition, sports facilities such as tennis courts and a golf course are available at the foot of the conglomerate of mountains. Kusatsu will throng with sightseers throughout the four seasons.

 Kusatsu's summer highlight is the Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival. Famous classical musicians from Japan and the world gather in Kusatsu to teach students and give performances mainly at the Kusatsu Ongaku no Mori Concert Hall and the Tengu Yama Resthouse. After a refreshing hot spring bath, you can comfortably immerse yourself in classical music. No other resort but Kusatsu offers such luxury.

 The full-scale ski season finally begins when the cold northwest winds arrive with the snow. In winter, Kusatsu turns into a silver white world. Covered with high quality snow, the slopes come alive with throngs of skiers having a good time, marking the surface with a myriad of ski tracks. Kusatsu has the merit of a long ski season from the beginning of winter to the end of spring. It is a resort to first accomplish many things in Japanese ski history. To mention a few examples, Kusatsu erected Japan's first ski lift, established Japan's first ski school, and hosted Japan's first ski tournament. Be sure to enjoy the ultimate ski life to your heart's content at an absolutely genuine resort with history and heritage.

Sister city: Neustift
 The village of Neustift is a typical Austrian ski resort located in the Tyrol region 30 kilometers southwest of Innsbruck, the capital of the region. A beautiful village brimming with vigor, it is at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level and has a population of 3,000. The second biggest church in Tyrol stands in the middle of Neustift. The colossal Stubai Glacier is also in Newstift. The slopes can be skied all year round so numerous skiers from all over Europe visit the town.

KUSATSU
Kusatsu Municipal Tourism Division
28 Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma 377-1711
Tel: (+81) 279-88-6111 (Domestic: 0279-88-8111)
Fax: (+81) 279-88-6115 (Domestic: 0279-88-6115)

URL http://www.kusatsu-kokusai.com/
データ
Ski area opening
Population
Hotels, ryokan inns
Minshuku inns, pensions
Hotels, pensions
Total lodging capacity
1914
7,859
120
50
10
12,943 people
 
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