Gunma prefecture which is situated about 200km (124mi) from Tokyo is blessed with a wide variety of onsen resorts. Let us introduce you the 5 most famous ones among those onsen resorts.
This onsen resort is very famous for its Yubatake, the hot water fields where the onsen springs up at the center of the town, and the demonstration of Yumomi performance, which is the traditional way of cooling down the scolding hot onsen hot water. There are many onsen inns and day visit spa at Nishinokawara open air baths where you can enjoy a grandeur area of 500sq.m (roughly 600 sq. yds.).
The sulfur-rich hot spring clouded in white with strong sulfur scent has been believed to have therapeutic benefits and benefits to beautiful skin, and is popular among female visitors. The views from Shirane Yugama with white and cloudy hot spring, which was generated by volcanic activities, and the spectacular views are exceptional.
The onsen village which consists of five separate regions is believed to have efficacies for 40,000 types of ailments which is the origin of the name (Shima, “四万”, means forty thousand). The village is also known for its history as one of the oldest onsen bathing treatment facilities in Japan.
There are rows of onsen inns, souvenir shops, eateries and bars along the side of the 365-stone steps extending from the bottom to the Ikaho Jinja Shrine located on top. You can indulge yourself into the atmosphere of onsen village by drinking the onsen water, and eating onsen manju (dumplings with sweetened adzuki filling).
Onsen facilities in Minakami are all located along the mountain stream and making them conveniently accessible that you can enjoy taking a stroll and day visit spas. The area also attracts many tourists during autumn for the beautiful autumn leaves.
You never have enough time for sightseeing around onsen resorts in Gunma. Why don’t you research the characteristics of each onsen and go visit the one that suits you the most.