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Netsunoyu, Kusatsu-machi

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Observe and try rich, age-old practices at Netsunoyu. Centered around an ancient onsen, which produces hot spring water at a temperature too high to bathe in, the people here would cool the water by stirring it with large paddles in a ritualistic song and dance routine. Here, you'll get to witness and take part in the practice, picking up a paddle and having a go yourself. Consider arriving early, as this activity is popular with tourists, so you can expect to queue to get in. For Netsunoyu and beyond, use our Kusatsu-machi trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Kusatsu-machi vacation.
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  • I have never seen Yubatake before so it was really interesting. Very strong smell of sulphur but not as strong as Hakone. The water is beautiful from all of the minerals, and there are some foot baths...  more »
  • For Japanese people the song was familiar. Seeing the performance cooling down hot spring water was fun to see. We were at first in the upstairs looking people try the performance. We joined the perfo...  more »
  • Although this is a relatively short "performance" of Kusatsu's traditional method of stirring the hot spring water to cool it to bathing temperature, it's interesting to watch and includes an audience...  more »