Kusatsu Travel Guide - By public transport

Kusatsu by public transport

Kusatsu is an onsen hot spring and ski resort town located to the north west of Tokyo in the north-western region of Gunma Prefecture.

Onsen hot springs are a big reason why many people choose Kusatsu over other resort regions for skiing and boarding. The ski and snowboard resort, Kusatsu Kokusai, is generally more suited to beginners than those with more advanced riding skills.

Kusatsu is actually very close to the Shiga Kogen region of Nagano Prefecture and connected to it via Route 292, though unfortunately the section of the road connecting the two is closed for the entire winter period.

Kusatsu area by public transport
Getting from Kusatsu to nearby regions
Joshinetsu region map
Additional Kusatsu resources on SnowJapan
Kusatsu by car
Go to our guide for getting to the Kusatsu area by car

Getting to Kusatsu area by train and bus

  Local train:  

  Agatsuma-sen 吾妻線
  Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station 長野原草津口駅
Kusatsu Kokusai ski and snowboard resort is about 15km from Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station on the Agatsuma-sen line, the nearest train station.

From the Tokyo region

Take the Tokyu ('limited express') Kusatsu train from Ueno Station to Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station, and then the bus up to Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal in the centre of the town. A free shuttle bus operates from the Bus Terminal to the ski resort. 

This train uses the Tohoku Honsen, the Takasaki-sen, the Joetsu-sen and the Agatsuma-sen line to make it's journey up to Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station.

It stops at the following stations on the way: Akabane, Urawa, Omiya, Ageo, Kumagaya, Fukaya, Honjo, Takasaki, Shin Maebashi, Shibukawa, Nakanojo, Gunma Haramachi , Kawarayu Onsen, Naganohara Kusatsuguchi. (The train does not stop always stop at the stations shown in italics). This journey will typically take at least 3 hours.

A different way to get to Kusatsu Onsen by train from the Tokyo area is by using the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station (or Ueno Station) to Karuizawa Station, then taking a bus from Karuizawa to the Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal. This journey typically takes around 3 hours.

The actual times will vary depending on the train and connections.

From the Osaka region

The quickest and smoothest way to get to Kusatsu Onsen from the Osaka region is to quickly get over to Tokyo using the Tokaido Shinkansen and then following the same route as outlined above.

Agatsuma-sen
Agatsuma-sen from Shibukawa Station to Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station
>> Full Agatsuma-sen train details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Tokyo Station Connecting
Shibukawa 渋川駅 Gunma >>> Joetsu-sen
Naganohara Kusatsuguchi 長野原草津口駅 Gunma 42.0km  


Free shuttle bus

A free shuttle bus is available between the main town area of Kusatsu Onsen to different areas of the ski resort. The bus runs from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal (6) up to the Tenguyama slopes and the Ropeway and back down again to the Bus Terminal. 

During the 2014-2015 season the bus ran about 7 times each day. Shuttle bus information for the 2015-2016 season will be updated on this page by December 2015.


 

Getting to Kusatsu from nearby snow resort regions

Important:
The times shown below are simple guidelines to indicate the train journey times between the stations mentioned and may vary depending on the trains and connections used. The lower number indicates travel time, the higher number indicates a sample journey including connecting times. Times from stations to ski resort areas are not included. Please check for specifics.

Region Approximate journey time The journey
Kusatsu to Minakami (Gunma) 40-60 minutes By train
Agatsuma-sen from Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station to Shibukawa Station.
Joetsu-sen from Shibukawa Station to Minakami Station.
>>
SnowJapan Minakami Travel Guide - By train : By car
Kusatsu to Kawaba (Gunma) 65-90 minutes

By train
Agatsuma-sen from Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station to Shibukawa Station.
Joetsu-sen from Shibukawa Station to Numata Station.
Kawaba is about 23km from Numata Station.
>>
SnowJapan Katashina Travel Guide (including Kawaba) - By car

Kusatsu to Katashina (Gunma) 65-90 minutes By train
Agatsuma-sen from Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station to Shibukawa Station
Joetsu-sen from Shibukawa Station to Numata Station.
Central Katashina is about 31km from Numata Station.
>>
SnowJapan Katashina Travel Guide - By train : By car
Kusatsu to Yuzawa (Niigata) 100-130 minutes

By train
Agatsuma-sen from Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station to Takasaki Station.
Joetsu Shinkansen from Takasaki Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station.
>>
SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By train : By car

See also:

>> Regional expressways connection map
>> Regional train lines connection map
>> On the above map click on the resort names, train lines and expressway names for more details

 

Additional Kusatsu Onsen resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to Kusatsu Onsen by car, please go to this section.

Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Kusatsu
Resort Spotlights Mt 6
Accommodation Online booking for accommodation in Kusatsu

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