Kusatsu Onsen (Kusatsu Town, Gunma)

Kusatsu Onsen
(群馬県 草津町)
Planned season: Saturday 12th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
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Kusatsu Onsen is a ski and snowboard resort located in the western region of Gunma Prefecture close to the border with Nagano Prefecture. This resort used to be known as ‘Kusatsu Kokusai’ – it officially changed the name to ‘Kusatsu Onsen’ in April 2018.

This ski area dates right back to 1914. For most of its history, the resort had two main distinct areas at either end of a long and narrow shape. There was a connecting course and the longest possible run used to be a full 8km. However...

Nature forced some rather large changes to Kusatsu before the 2018-2019 season. A nearby volcanic eruption on the morning of 23rd January 2018 very sadly cost a life and caused some injuries. It also caused some damage to the gondola. Said gondola and the courses that it serviced are now no longer part of the ski resort, making the top area considerably smaller than it used to be. The previous top area having to close meant that the maximum elevation of the resort came down from 2171m to 1600m; and vertical down to 355m. Courses officially classified as ‘beginner’ courses increased from 30% to 50% (with intermediate courses reduced from 50% to 30%). There are now be 2 quad lifts and 6 pair lifts operating at Kusatsu Onsen. With more of Route 292 (up to the Gondola) now closed in winter, a new course appeared and the resort cunningly named it 'Route 292'.

Kusatsu town is a popular onsen hot spring resort throughout the year. The main town area of Kusatsu is a few kilometres from the ski resort. Kusatsu Kokusai is geographically very close to the ski resorts in Shiga Kogen, but the section of Route 292 that connects the two areas is closed during the winter months and so it is not possible to get between the two in winter without an unauthorized hike.

Gunma Prefecture is located in the north west area of Kanto region on the main island of Honshu and shares borders with Niigata Prefecture to the north and Nagano Prefecture to the west. There are over 20 ski and snowboard resorts in Gunma Prefecture and they are mainly concentrated in the northern regions of Minakami and Katashina and the western region of the Prefecture.

The Mountain

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Kusatsu Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
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9th - - 9th 80cm 80cm 9th 110cm 100cm 9th 100cm 100cm
10th - - 10th 80cm 80cm 10th 110cm 110cm 10th 100cm 95cm
11th - - 11th 80cm 80cm 11th 120cm 120cm 11th 100cm 95cm
12th 30cm - 12th 80cm 80cm 12th 120cm 120cm 12th 100cm 95cm
13th 30cm - 13th 80cm 80cm 13th 120cm 120cm 13th 100cm 90cm
14th 40cm 30cm 14th 80cm 80cm 14th 120cm 120cm 14th 90cm 90cm
15th 40cm 30cm 15th 80cm 80cm 15th 120cm 110cm 15th 90cm 100cm
16th 40cm 30cm 16th 80cm 80cm 16th 110cm 110cm 16th 90cm 100cm
17th 50cm 30cm 17th 80cm 80cm 17th 110cm 110cm 17th 80cm 100cm
18th 50cm 30cm 18th 80cm 80cm 18th 120cm 110cm 18th 90cm 100cm
19th 60cm 30cm 19th 80cm 80cm 19th 120cm 110cm 19th 80cm 100cm
20th 70cm 30cm 20th 90cm 80cm 20th 120cm 110cm 20th 70cm 100cm
21st 70cm 30cm 21st 90cm 80cm 21st 120cm 110cm 21st 70cm 95cm
22nd 70cm 30cm 22nd 90cm 80cm 22nd 120cm 110cm 22nd 70cm 90cm
23rd 70cm 40cm 23rd 90cm 80cm 23rd 120cm 100cm 23rd 60cm 90cm
24th 70cm 40cm 24th 90cm 80cm 24th 120cm 100cm 24th 60cm 100cm
25th 70cm 40cm 25th 90cm 80cm 25th 120cm 100cm 25th 60cm 100cm
26th 70cm 40cm 26th 90cm 80cm 26th 120cm 100cm 26th 60cm 100cm
27th 70cm 40cm 27th 90cm 80cm 27th 120cm 100cm 27th 60cm 90cm
28th 70cm 50cm 28th 100cm 100cm 28th 120cm 100cm 28th 60cm 80cm
29th 70cm 50cm 29th 100cm 100cm 29th - 100cm 29th 50cm 80cm
30th 70cm 50cm 30th 100cm 100cm 30th 30th 50cm 80cm
31st 80cm 50cm 31st 100cm 100cm 31st 31st 50cm 80cm

Previous Statistics

Kusatsu Onsen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kusatsu Onsen. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Kids Park' is located at the base of the resort and open from 9:00am until 4:00pm. The entry charge is 1,000 yen. An accompanying adult can enter for free. As well as a snow escalator there is a sledding area, an area for playing in the snow, a beginners run and snow racers.

A 'Kids Room' child care service for children ages 1-6 years is also available on the 2nd Floor of the main ticket centre. Reservations are required and 2 hours costs 2,000 yen.

There is also a free rest room for young children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no specific 'Snow Park' areas, but there are a few snow shoe courses (both 1.5km in length). 

Kusatsu Onsen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kusatsu Onsen is normally open during the daytime from 8:30am until 5:00pm during the daytime.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on the following dates:

- Every Saturday between 29th December 2020 until 30th March 2021
- 10th January 2021

Kusatsu Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,600 yen
2 Days 7,200 yen 5,200 yen 6,400 yen
4 Hours 3,600 yen 2,600 yen 3,200 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 1,800 yen 1,400 yen 1,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,000 yen
Season Ticket 50,000 yen 40,000 yen 40,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

A Family ticket for 1 adult and 1 child is 6,400 yen. Add 3,800 yen for an additional adult and 2,800 yen for an additional child.

Early season (until 18th December 2020) and spring season (from 22nd March 2021) one day tickets are available:

Adults - 3,000 yen
Junior - 2,000 yen

Getting to Kusatsu Onsen

By public transport
46.3km from Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
14.3km from Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station on the Agatsuma line
46.3km from Karuizawa Station on the Shinano Tetsudo Line
Transport Information
The closest train station is Naganohara Kusatsuguchi on the Agatsuma local line. Kusatsu Kokusai is just over 14km from the station.

Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and Shinano Tetsudo lines is just over 45km to the south of Kusatsu.

>> More information on getting to Kusatsu Onsen by public transport
There is a bus service between Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station and Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal. That bus takes about 25 minutes and costs 710 yen.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal and the ski area. That journey takes about 15 minutes.
By Car
56.7km from the Usui Karuizawa IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
57.6km from the Shibukawa Ikaho IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
63km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.1km away)
Kusatsu Onsen can be approached from the east (Kanetsu Expressway) and from the south (Joshinetsu Expressway).

Unlike some ski resort regions of Japan, you can approach Kusatsu Onsen resort on Route 292 without really encountering much snow on or by the side of the roads until the very last part of the journey. Having said that, it is best to be prepared. As you approach the town area, there is a section of 'musical road'.... drive at a constant 40kmh to be entertained by your tyres going over the specially altered road surface.

From the Shibukawa Ikaho IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway, turn left to head north on Route 17. Continue on Route 17 for about 4.5km until reaching the turn off for Route 353. Kusatsu is mentioned on the signpost. Turn left here onto Route 353 and continue on that road for a further 19km into Nakanojo. On reaching Route 145, turn left and keep following the signs towards Kusatsu. Continue on Route 145 for around 26km into Naganohara. Go straight on - using Route 292 - up to Kusatsu.

>> More information on getting to Kusatsu by car
A number of car parks for 2000 vehicles are available at the base of Kusatsu Onsen. Mostly 1000 yen for the day.

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