Yubatake (Kusatsu Onsen)4.7
The Yubatake ('hot water field') is one of the main source of hot spring waters in Kusatsu Onsen. The waters run through many wooden conduits, at 4000 liters per minute, lowering the water temperature before sending them to ryokan inns and public bathhouses. The view of waters coming out of the conduits like waterfalls is spectacular. The mineral sediment, collected every two months from the Yubatake, is sold as Yu-no-hana ('flowers of hot water'), the bathing power Kusatsu is well known for.
People gather and amble in twos and threes in benches, walkways and plazas around the Yubatake. At one corner there is a roofed pool, which Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of the first warrior government in Kamakura, is said to have dipped in on his way to hunting.
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5.02 weeks ago
Holiday resort for Japanese and tourists alike. This place has so much heritage and awesome things to do. Be sure to try out the free onsen beside the ticketing centre.
5.04 months ago
Great photo opportunity and an interesting display of how the hot water is prepared for bathing. There is a pretty strong sulfur smell. The yumomi show is worth going to.
5.0a week ago
Despite having seen the photos and even the livestream online, the Yubatake pleasantly surprised me. It was quite beautifully done compared to another onsen town I've been to. Very photogenic in both day and night, you get lots of bustling souvenir shops, food shops, snack shops nearby, I think there are more shops in a side street but I ran out of time, and there's also the performance I saw at night which was lovely. Kusatsu is indeed one of the premier onsen towns in Japan. The only difficulty is the location and time taken to get in and out.
The footbaths are great. Really! Especially in the cold weather, this is just amazingly fun.
5.02 months ago
smell good and warm in the snow. everybody has the right to feel the heart of Onsen culture of Japan
5.0a month ago
Super worth the 3-hour travel. Noted for being one of the best onsens in Japan, definitely a must-visit.