We met up with some friends and travelled to Kusatsu, a small snowy town, surrounded by lots of great ski fields. Having snow boarded before, and not having such a great time with it, I made the decision of opting out.
Kusatsu is known for its natural hot springs, 5000 litres of water per minute at temperatures of 70℃ with the pungent smell of sulfur it makes for an interesting walk around town. After about two days, I acclimatised to the smell and didn't notice it too much.
Having a dip in the onsen is said to cure all variety of ailments and skin conditions, not to mention it’s super relaxing.
We stayed for 6 days at the Kusatsu Hotel, a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. Since I didn’t go to the snowfields any of the days I had lots of time to catch up on work, take in all the amazingness of the hotel and make good use of the (surprisingly) excellent internet speed.
We had a single room with attached bathroom. During the day the table would be set in the middle of the room with two floor chairs, green tea, and some different treats each day. While we were out for dinner someone would come around and lay out our beds and blankets on the floor with the table pushed to one side (we suspect a magical Japanese fairy).
Most of the time I didn’t take too many photos (because, to be quite honest, I was just too cold for my hands to be out of my gloves).
The days slip by and our next stop was the Hilton Tokyo.