KusatsuOnsen is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, blessed with large volumes of high quality hot spring water, said to cure every illness but lovesickness.
Well known as hot spring resort for many centuries, Kusatsu's fame was further boasted by German doctor Erwin von Baelz, who served at the imperial court in the late 1800s and recommended Kusatsu for its water's health benefits.
Situated at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture, Kusatsu also offers skiing in winter and hiking during the rest of the year to be enjoyed in combination with hot spring bathing.
48 square kilometers, KusatsuCity is one of the major cities of Shiga Prefecture.
Kusatsu is situated in the southeastern part of the prefecture, facing Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.
The city is an important point for transportation, with several trunk railway lines and highways such as the JR Biwako Line (Tokaido trunk line), the JR Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train), National Highway Route 1, the Keiji Bypass and the Meishin Expressway running through the city.
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