Gunma - Kusatsu: Japan's Favorite Hot Spring Town

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Kusatsu: Japan's Favorite Hot Spring Town

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(38 reviews)
Kusatsu, Gunma, Japan
60 mins

About the tour

Hot springs are an intimate part of Japanese culture and tradition. Thanks to its overabundance of active volcanoes in Japan, there are over 3,000 hot spring resorts and 28,000 hot spring sources where mineral-rich waters bubble up. A 3-hour train ride from Tokyo, Kusatsu is situated at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level in the mountains and is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts. Kusatsu is blessed with large volumes of high-quality hot spring water that is said to cure every illness but loves sickness! Come join Eriko as she shares the heart of Japanese hot spring culture while exploring the traditional hot spring town.

Meet Eriko Shiratori

Eriko Shiratori

Eriko has been sharing her love of Japanese culture with people around the globe since 2017. In her words, Japan is beautiful, unique, and weird all at the same time! She's been lucky to have traveled to dozens of amazing countries and she got a chance to live overseas, in Australia and Canada, for a couple of years. Being exposed to other cultures has given her a new lens to look at her hometown and its traditions. Her great-grandfather was a kimono craftsman in Tokyo, and today she is honoured to wear the kimonos that were passed down through generations. She is looking forward to exploring Japan and sharing a smile with you!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Gunma with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Gunma. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Lisa R.

14 October 2021

Amazing tour. Truly was like walking along with you and experiencing Japanese hot springs. Thank you for your willingness to answer questions and all the places you stopped to let us take postcards. Absolutely an enjoyable tour.

Mona C.

14 October 2021

I had to leave about 15 min early for a family commitment but I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the great videography from Eriko. She is a favourite of mine.

Jane A.

13 October 2021

Absolutely fabulous tour, thank you Eriko and Mum

Kathryn T.

12 October 2021

Fascinating to see how the ancient cooling of hot springs water works so that it can be distributed to the various onsens. Enjoyed Fall colors as well.

Debbie 📚 🇨🇦 ..

12 October 2021

A wonderful, interesting and informative tour. Thank you!

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