Day Trip to Manza Onsen

Day Trip to Manza Onsen
2019-02-18 DAYTRIP TOKYO

Manza Onsen is one of the famous hot spring town just like Ikaho Onsen or Kusatsu Onsen, and located in Tsumagoimura in Gunma prefecture. This area is an annex, as it were, to Karuizawa where often visited as summer resort and known as area of villas, and many tourists visit here relax. There are 27 kinds of different spring qualities, and the smooth milky hot water heals your body and soul.
 
There are some famous sightseeing spots related to hot spring: Oni Oshidashi Park where there are many lava rocks, or Karabuki where volcanic gas containing water vapor swiftly blows out from the rocky stretch. Since it is located at high altitudes, you also can enjoy watching the alpine plants. You can feel different faces of nature in each season through the year.

 

1. Spot Ranking
2. Getting in
3. Other Area List

 

1. Spot ranking in Manza Onsen area

5th. Ushiike

Ushiike is a small pond with a circle of about 200 meters located near the Manza Prince Hotel. The depth is about 3 meter and half, but the water is so clear that you can see the bottom. The pond is surrounded by swamp, and there is a footpath so you can take a 20-minutes-walk. While you walk through the path, you can see various kinds of seasonal alpine plants or even colored leaves in autumn.
 
The path is easy to walk as it is flat, and if there is no wind blowing, you can see the trees or blue sky reflected on the water surface like a mirror. The name of Ushiike (Ushi is cattle) comes from several stories: “On the way to Zenko-ji Temple, the cattle drown and died here.”, “Visitors tied their cattle here while they were taking a bath.”, or “They raised cattle here in order to serve customers some milk.”

Access

To get to Ushiike: from Manza/Kazawaguchi Station, take Sebu Kanko Bus with Manza Bus Terminal direction for 45 minutes, get off at the last stop “Manza Bus Terminal”, and walk for 5 minutes. The bus fare costs 1350 yen. Since the bus does not come so often and the timetable changes during winter, please make sure to check it before you travel.

 
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4th. Manza Yubatake


 
Manza Yubatake is a most biggest spring source in Manza Onsen, and the hot spring here is about 80℃ temperature. Yubatake refers to an area where the spring source wells up. Here you can watch the milky hot springs welling up a lot, however some areas are restricted as hydrogen sulfide gas is blowing up.
 
Yubatake is located at back of Nisshinkan/foot of the Mt.Kumashiro, and there are footpath around that area, so you can take a walk and explore around here during spring to autumn. During winter, you cannot walk around due to a lot of snow. Manza Yubatake is open for public anytime, and no admission fee required.

Access

To get to Manza Yubatake: from Manza/Kazawaguchi Station, take Sebu Kanko Bus with Manza Bus Terminal direction for 45 minutes, get off at the last stop “Manza Bus Terminal”, and walk for 20 minutes. The bus fare costs 1350 yen. Since the bus does not come so often and the timetable changes during winter, please make sure to check it before you travel.

 
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3rd. Karabuki

Karabuki is a jet which the volcanic gas containing water vapor blows up from the rocky stretch in Manza Onsen, and is one of the famous sightseeing spot around here. You can smell the strong sulfur once you get close around here, and there is no trees or plants at all.
 
When you see the view of this wild slope of the mountain, you will feel the energy of the great nature. When the season of tender green, the mountain shining in pure white looks beautiful. In winter, the view of water vapor coming up from the mountain fully covered with snow. This area is open for public anytime, and no admission fee required.

Access

To get to Karabuki: from Manza/Kazawaguchi Station, take Sebu Kanko Bus with Manza Bus Terminal direction for 45 minutes, get off at the last stop “Manza Bus Terminal”, and walk for 3 minutes. The bus fare costs 1350 yen. Since the bus does not come so often and the timetable changes during winter, please make sure to check it before you travel.

 
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2nd. Manza Onsen Hotel Nisshinkan

Manza Onsen Hotel Nisshinkan is a Japanese-style hotel located in Manza Onsen area. Manza Onsen is located at the elevation of 1800m, commanding Joshinetsu Highland, and known as one of the hot springs located at a high elevation in Japan. It is not exactly known when the hot spring was opened, but there is a record of taking a bath back to Sengogku Period, and a hot spring house was opened at the end of Edo period.
 
Since its ample supply of hot water and high temperature, it is said that Manza is on the terrestrial heat. In addition, it is said that the sulfur spring is good for respiratory disease, gastroenteropathy, rheumatism or skin disease. There is 4 baths in Nisshinkan, and you can enjoy 9 different running hot springs. All the bathtubs are made by natural wood, you can be very relaxed with the soft touch of wooden bathtubs and milky hot water. There are also open-air baths, the view of mountains with different faces in each season catch your eyes, and if you look up, you can see the stars covered sky. During winter, they have “Yukimi open-air bath” that you can enjoy the bath and watching the snow view together.
 
Furthermore, there is Manza Onsen Skiing area, so you can enjoy skiing in winter, too. Nisshinkan has 2 plans for day trip bath: “Bath plan” is 1000 yen per person including face towel, and no reservation required. You can use the bath from 10:00-17:00. “Lunch plan” is 3780 yen per person, and a reservation is required. This plan includes not only taking a bath, but also having a lunch and taking a break at a resting room.
 
For lunch, they serve healthy Japanese dishes with variety of seasonal food. In addition, Manza Onsen has “Manza Onsen Yumeguri Tegata”. This is a ticket for day trip bath, and if you buy one ticket for 700 yen, you can take a bath at various place and each costs 500 yen. This ticket includes Nisshinkan. If you would like to try several different hot springs besides Nisshinkan, we recommend you to buy one.

Access

To get to NIsshinkan: from Manza/Kazawaguchi Station, take Sebu Kanko Bus with Manza Bus Terminal direction for 45 minutes, get off at the last stop “Manza Bus Terminal”, and walk for 17 minutes. The bus fare costs 1350 yen. Since the bus does not come so often and the timetable changes during winter, please make sure to check it before you travel.

 
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1st. Oni Oshidashi (Demon Extrusion)

Oni Oshidashi (Demon Extrusion)

Onioshidashien is in the north slope of Asama mountain located in the west of Gunma prefecture. This area is belong to Joshinetsu national park. When the big eruption of Asama mountain in 1783, the lava flow was solidified and changed into the strangely rocks or big rocks called “Onioshidaishi”. It was named after the episode that there was the legend that the “Oni” (Japanese style demon) lived there, and when residents saw the eruption, they thought Oni rampaged in the crater of the mountain and pushed out the rock (Japanese say “Oshidasu”).
 
In the park, you get overwhelmed when you see the powerful lava stones spread endlessly. And you can see the view of elegant Asama mountain, besides the alpine plants, colored leaves in autumn, and snow scenery in winter. The park has a footpath that you can take a walk, and there are bathrooms, restaurants, and shops inside the park.The general route takes 40 minute to walk from the main gate to the main approach, the Kannon-do hall,hall, and return from the back approach. Oni Oshidashi is open from 8:00-17:00(last entry: 16:30), 7 days a week, but they may change the opening day and hour depending on the season, so please make sure you check the schedule on the website before you visit.
 
The admission fee is 650 yen for adults (over junior high school students), 450 yen for elementary school students, and free for pre-school child. (Group rates applied if you are visiting with more than 15 people)

Access

To get to Oni Oshidashi: from Manza/Kazawaguchi Station, take Sebu Kanko Bus with Karuizawa direction for 16 minutes, get off at the “Oni Oshidashi Park”, you’ll see the park soon. Since the bus does not come so often and the timetable changes depending on the season, please make sure to check it before you travel.

 
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2. Getting to Manza/Kazawaguchi Station from Takasaki

From Takasaki Station, take JR Agatsuma Line with Omae direction or Manza/Kazawaguchi direction, and get off at Manza/Kazawaguchi Station. It takes 100 minutes, and the fare is 1320 yen.

 

3. Other Area List

Ikaho Onsen, Shibukawa and Haruna

Ikaho Onsen, Shibukawa and Haruna
 

Tomioka

Tomioka

 

Shima Onsen – Nakanojo

Shima Onsen – Nakanojo
 

Oze, Numata and Kawaba

Oze, Numata and Kawaba

 

Minakami

Minakami

 

Manza Onsen

Manza Onsen
 

Maebashi, Mt. akagi and Kiryu

Maebashi, Mt. akagi and Kiryu
 

Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen