Best vacation destinations in Kusatsu town include “Kusatsu Onsen”, the nationwide-top hot spring resort, beautiful ski resorts and many more. The place is a perfect spot to enjoy back-country skiing in winter, and undoubtedly nothing could be better than relieving the weariness of winter sports at a hot spring.
Ski Resorts in Kusatsu Town
Kusatsu town in Gumma Japan, never fails to amaze visitors by its nice visiting sports including Mt. Shirane, not to mention the nationwide famous hot spring resort “Kusatsu Onsen”. Enjoy winter sports here for the tremendous amount of snow! There is a huge number of both domestic and international skiers visiting the place for its wonderful packed powder snow indeed. “Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort” is a fascinating choice with a variety of ski courses and striking views. It is, thus, very popular, and it is right next to Kusatsu hot spring resort.
“Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort” with Historical Stories
Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort was established in the Taisho era, with historical backstories. It was the first ski resort in Japan to have gondolas. The famous Kusatsu hot spring is just within reach and the convenience and nice combination of winter sports and hot spring attracts many visitors. The resort has 8 gondola lines, 5 slopes and 6 ski courses, with the total length of course reaches 4,300m. The slope goes from 1,600m to 1,245m, with an altitude difference of 355m. Snow trails are also available for trekking with your snowshoes, along with a park for kids. You can also rent everything you need there.
Information about “Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort”
Opening Period of Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort
Usually “Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort” is opened from 15th December to around 31st March. Be mindful that there are occasional closure and changes of opening hours.
Information about the Gondolas and Kids Park
The gondola ride is in service from 8:30 am – 4:45 pm in weekdays and 8:00 – 4:45pm in weekends (until 9:00 for night ski). Different gondola lines serve on different days at different times. The Kid Park opens from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. All service time are subject to changes stemmed from the snowing conditions. Gondola fare (1-day pass) is 4,000 yen for adults, 3,000 yen for juniors (elementary school kids at or above the age of 4) and 3,600 yen for seniors (at or above the age of 60). The kids ticket (1-day pass and admission of the Kid Park, etc.) is available at 3,000 yen (preschool kids – age of 4).
Make use of the lockers in the changing room (free) and the coin lockers (300 yen each). And, store your oversize baggage at the information counter at 500 yen each.
How to Get to Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort
To reach Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort from Tokyo, get on Hokuriku Shinkansen at “Tokyo Station” and get off at “Karuizawa Station” (approx. 1hr 10mins). Take Kusatsu Kotsu Bus or Seibu Kanko Sightseeing Bus at the station and get off at “Kusatsu” (approx. 1hr 55 mins).
- Spot name: Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort
- Address: 158 Rinhan, Kusatsushiranekokuyurin, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gumma
- Access: Tokyo Station [Hokuriku Shinkansen] Approx. 1hr10mins Karuizawa [Bus] Approx. 1hr 55mins
- Wi-Fi: Available
- Language: English
- Ticket: At the ticket center
- Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB、Diners, UC, AMEX (No credit cards accepted at restaurants and cafes)