Kusatsu Onsen (Kusatsu Town, Gunma)

Kusatsu Onsen
草津温泉 (群馬県 草津町)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
Official snow depth 150cm (0cm) [updated on 20th February 2019]

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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 resort dates right back to 1914. The resort has two main distinct areas at either end of a long and narrow shape. There is a connecting course and the longest possible run used to be a full 8km. However...

Nature has forced some rather large changes to Kusatsu for 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 no longer part of the ski resort, making the top area considerably smaller than it used to be. The previous top area now being closed means that the maximum elevation of the resort is down from 2171m to 1600m; and vertical is down to 355m. Courses officially classified as ‘beginner’ courses increase from 30% to 50% (with intermediate courses reduced from 50% to 30%). And there will now be 2 quad lifts and 6 pair lifts operating. With more of Route 292 (up to the Gondola) now closed in winter, a new course has actually appeared. The resort has cunningly named the new course '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

1600m
355m
1245m
30"
6
4300m
8
20%
30%
50%
Skiers
70%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
30%
0 0 2 0 6 0 0

Kusatsu Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
1st - - 1st 60cm 130cm 1st 150cm 180cm 1st - 180cm
2nd - - 2nd 60cm 130cm 2nd 150cm 180cm 2nd - 180cm
3rd - - 3rd 70cm 200cm 3rd 150cm 180cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th 70cm 200cm 4th 150cm 180cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 200cm 5th 150cm 200cm 5th - 180cm
6th - - 6th 70cm 200cm 6th 150cm 200cm 6th - 160cm
7th - - 7th 70cm 200cm 7th 150cm 200cm 7th - 150cm
8th - - 8th 70cm 200cm 8th 150cm 200cm 8th - 150cm
9th - 50cm 9th 90cm 200cm 9th 150cm 200cm 9th - 150cm
10th - 50cm 10th 90cm 200cm 10th 150cm 200cm 10th - 150cm
11th - 50cm 11th 90cm 200cm 11th 150cm 200cm 11th - 150cm
12th - 50cm 12th 90cm 200cm 12th 150cm 200cm 12th - 150cm
13th - 50cm 13th 90cm 200cm 13th 150cm 180cm 13th - 150cm
14th - 50cm 14th 90cm 200cm 14th 150cm 180cm 14th - 130cm
15th 30cm 80cm 15th 90cm 200cm 15th 150cm 180cm 15th - 130cm
16th 30cm 80cm 16th 90cm 200cm 16th 150cm 180cm 16th - 130cm
17th 30cm 80cm 17th 90cm 200cm 17th 150cm 180cm 17th - 130cm
18th 40cm 80cm 18th 95cm 200cm 18th 150cm 180cm 18th - 130cm
19th 40cm 80cm 19th 95cm 200cm 19th 150cm 180cm 19th - 120cm
20th 40cm 80cm 20th 95cm 180cm 20th 150cm 180cm 20th - 120cm
21st 40cm 80cm 21st 100cm 180cm 21st - 180cm 21st - 120cm
22nd 30cm 80cm 22nd 100cm 180cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 120cm
23rd 30cm 80cm 23rd 100cm 200cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 120cm
24th 30cm 80cm 24th 105cm 180cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 120cm
25th 30cm 80cm 25th 105cm 200cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 120cm
26th 30cm 80cm 26th 105cm 150cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 110cm
27th 30cm 100cm 27th 120cm 180cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 110cm
28th 40cm 120cm 28th 120cm 180cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 110cm
29th 50cm 120cm 29th 150cm 180cm 29th - - 29th - 110cm
30th 60cm 130cm 30th 150cm 180cm 30th 30th - 100cm
31st 60cm 130cm 31st 150cm 180cm 31st 31st - 100cm

Previous Statistics

Kusatsu Onsen Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kusatsu Onsen. 
Rental
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 sledging 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 1 hour costs 1,000 yen.

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

Kusatsu Onsen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'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 2018 until 23rd March 2019
- 30th December 2018 until 4th January 2019
- 13th January 2019
- 10th February 2019

On the first and third Saturday of the month in January, February, March --- nighta is available at the special rate of just 500 yen.

Kusatsu Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
Senior
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 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.

A Kids ticket is available that includes a 1 day ticket, entrance to the Kids Park and... ice cream. Available for pre-school children (4-6). (It's not fair!!!)

Getting to Kusatsu Onsen

By public transport
Train
Train
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
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
bus
Bus
There is a bus service between Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station and Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal and the ski resort.
By Car
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)
Direction
Direction
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
Parking
Parking
A number of car parks for 2,000 vehicles are available at the base of Kusatsu Onsen. Some are free and there are charges (500-1000 yen for the day) at others.

More Information

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Address
Address
Kusatsu-machi
Gunma-ken
377-1711
Telephone
Telephone
0279-88-8111
Current resort snow depth
150cm
(0cm)
(change since last update)
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