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Top 10 Recommended Inns In Kusatsu Onsen Chosen By Travel Experts

Trip101 Editorial
Published Mar 20, 2018

The Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture is a renowned hot spring in Japan. The abundance and natural flow of this hot spring are known to be the best in Japan, having overtaken Ozeki in the east, when the hot springs were optimal during the Edo period. Yubatake is the symbol of the Kusatsu Onsen, and this all-season tourist spot is also popular for its cool weather during the summer and skiing during the winter. Kusatsu Onsen has a wide variety of inns, ranging from traditional, old-fashioned ryokan (Japanese inn) built during Edo period, to trendy inns in the present day! In this article, we will introduce to you the hotels and ryokans near Kusatsu Onsen recommended by travel experts.

1. Hotel Ichii (from 255 USD)

Hotel Ichii
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Established during the Edo Period, Hotel Ichii is located in front of Yubatake, in a favorable location where you might be able to view the Yubatake from some of the rooms. They serve seasonal dishes for guests to enjoy. Not only can you bathe in the Shirohata hot spring and the Bandai Kou hot spring, you can also relax and have a body and feet massage!

Hotel Ichii

Address: 377-1711 Gunma, Kusatsu, Kusastu 411, Japan (see map)

Price: from 255 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Very good 8.3 (from 472 reviews)

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2. Hotel Sakurai (from 183 USD)

Hotel Sakurai
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Kusatsu Onsen’s oldest, large-scale hotel, Hotel Sakurai, is a splendid place that is fully-equipped with game rooms, karaoke rooms, and a summer-limited pool – allowing people of all ages to enjoy the hotel. For meals, you can choose between a dinner plan or an all-you-can-eat buffet. They also hold “Yumomi Show” (cooling the onsen water) and “Taiko Show” (traditional Japanese drums) every day! This place is recommended as a vacation spot for the entire family.

Hotel Sakurai

Address: 377-1711 Gunma, Kusatsu, Kusatsu 465-4, Japan (see map)

Price: from 183 USD

Star Rating: 5 Star

Travelers Review: Very good 8.1 (from 209 reviews)

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3. Kusatsu Hotel (from 85 USD)

Kusatsu Hotel
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Kusatsu Hotel is a traditional inn built at the entrance of the Kawahara Park and has been in operation for more than a century. The Kataoka Tsurutaro Art Museum is located on-site as well. This place is also known for its open-air bath, which provides a gorgeous escapade from the hustle and bustle of the hot spring district. It is a host of picturesque views all throughout the season with its lush greenery, autumn leaves, and snowy landscapes.

Kusatsu Hotel

Address: 377-1711 Gunma, Kusatsu, Kusatsu 479, Japan (see map)

Price: from 85 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.9 (from 75 reviews)

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4. Hotel Village (from 104 USD)

Hotel Village
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Hotel Village is as huge as seven Tokyo Domes put together! Its vast site allows you to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as skiing, golf, athletics, and has amenities such as a huge maze, and an indoor heated pool called “therme therme”! This place is also famous for its morning forest bath walk which is offered to guests for free. If you are looking for more than just a simple hot spring trip, this place will definitely satisfy all your needs!

Hotel Village

Address: 377-1711 Gunma, Kusatsu, Kusatsu 618, Japan (see map)

Price: from 104 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Good 7.9 (from 296 reviews)

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5. Hotel Jinpyokaku (from 387 USD)

Hotel Jinpyokaku
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This hot spring inn is very family-friendly because it allows free entry for elementary school students and half-priced tickets for primary school students. With 10 rooms and 3 family baths available for free, this inn will definitely make you feel at home! It is a 1-minute walk to Yubatake, and is fully-equipped with essentials such as baby baths, baby chairs, toys, and a spacious playroom – almost everything parents would need if they were to bring their children along.

Hotel Jinpyokaku

Address: 381-0401 Nagano, Yamanouchi, Hirao 1409 , Japan (see map)

Price: from 387 USD

Star Rating: 5 Star

Travelers Review: Exceptional 9.6 (from 98 reviews)

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6. Hotel Naraya (from 529 USD)

Hotel Naraya
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Opened in 2013, “Yubatake no Yado Yoshinoya” is affiliated to the popular traditional inn “Tokiwasure no Yado Yoshimoto” in Shima Onsen. It is a 3-minute walk from Kusatsu Onsen bus terminal. Although a bit on the expensive side, guests can expect stylish and modern interior and free services such as ice cream and a light breakfast, which taste great after a bath in the hot springs.

Hotel Naraya

Address: 377-1711 Gunma Prefecture, Kusatsu, Kusatsu 396, Japan (see map)

Price: from 529 USD

Star Rating: 5 Star

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.7 (from 52 reviews)

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7. Hotel Kusatsu Onsen Boun (from 232 USD)

Hotel Kusatsu Onsen Boun
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Boun is an old-fashioned inn which is frequented by many renowned writers, including Kochi Kobayashi, a haiku poet from the Edo period. This place is located on top of a slope, 3 minutes away from Yubatake. While it stands in a favorable location, Boun has a traditional yet modern interior which is accompanied by a quiet and calm ambiance, making it appealing to visitors. They serve dishes made from local and seasonal ingredients. Be sure to enjoy the “Sainokawara Gensen” and “Bandaiko Gensen” hot springs.

Hotel Kusatsu Onsen Boun

Address: 377-1711 Gunma, Kusatsu, Kusatsumachi 433-1, Japan (see map)

Price: from 232 USD

Star Rating: 5 Star

Travelers Review: Superb 9.1 (from 135 reviews)

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8. Hotel Yamamotokan

Hotel Yamamotokan

Aside from being a registered tangible cultural heritage with its Taisho period architecture, Yamamotokan is a well-established traditional inn which was mentioned in one of Jippensha Ikku’s works (a writer from the late Edo period). It has a retro Japanese interior which exudes a romantic atmosphere and boasts a bath drawn from the Shirahata Gensen. Its dining area has a panoramic view of the Yubatake! We recommend that you try their homemade wine.

Hotel Yamamotokan

Address: 404 Kusatsu, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture 377-1711, Japan

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9. Yubatake Souan (from 142 USD)

Yubatake Souan
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Offering a reasonable overnight accommodation at Kusatsu Onsen, Yubatake Souan is a well-established, traditional inn from the Meiji era that was refurbished into a fashionable, modern Japanese inn. The overnight accommodation comes with a free breakfast buffet. The inn is popular for its open-air, bath-equipped guest rooms, and make sure to book quickly to get your hands on one because there are only three of such rooms in the inn! Moreover, its cafe has a foot bath that serves alcohol and Kusatsu’s gourmet cuisine, which you can enjoy as you admire the view of the Yubatake surrounded by many restaurants.

Yubatake Souan

Address: 377-1711 Gunma, Kusatsu, Kusatsu 118-1, Japan (see map)

Price: from 142 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.6 (from 336 reviews)

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10. Wakanoyu Kusatsukan (from 150 USD)

Wakanoyu Kusatsukan
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Established in 1887, Kusatsukan is located in the immediate vicinity of the Yubatake and has its own source of water which is very rare among the Japanese inns found in the Kusatsu Onsen. You can also enjoy its popular Shirahata hot spring that comes with a valuable private hot spring source known as “Wakanoyu”. The hot springs are very close to the source, so they have fresh hot water.

Wakanoyu Kusatsukan

Address: Gunma Prefecture, 377-1711, Kusatsu-machi, Kusatsu 92 (see map)

Price: from 150 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Very nice 9.2 (from 159 reviews)

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Choose which Kusatsu Onsen hotel or traditional inn do you want to stay in!

There are various ways to enjoy Kusatsu Onsen, from public baths and foot bath excursions to, restaurant-hopping. It has a wide variety of accommodation options ranging from inns overlooking the Yubatake to family-friendly inns, to inns that have baths from 2 different hot spring sources.

We have carefully selected and recommended popular hotels and traditional inns in this article. Book one of the above-listed accommodations prior to your trip!

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