Last weekend our family of 3 took my mom who is currently visiting us in Japan to little hot springs trip. Oh we were waiting for this one for so long! Besides it was the first Japan trip with the Little One (I still can’t name our Back-to-Russia visit a trip, it was more of relatives gathering as it always is). I was excited and terrified at the same time, with 6 months old kid traveling in car with us (he is not used to cars at all), sleeping in hotel with us (no idea on what bed it would be and how it would be), and with lower temperatures (what to put on kid? will he be cold? or not?) at the place we were to go. The funny thing is, as usual, the Little One was feeling most comfy, this kid seriously.
The destination. My hubby is onsen (which stands for hot springs in Japanese) hardcore fan. We loved going to different ones pretty much before I got pregnant, plus hubby does gatherings with his friends exclusively in hot springs. How fancy is that, right? With all this love for hot springs and hot springs culture in Japan neither me, no hubby has never been to one of the most famous hot springs, Kusatsu Onsen. So when we were discussing where to take my mom when she is in Japan for her enjoy-the-time-with-grandson vacation, hubby named Kusatsu right away. And thank gods he did.
Kusatsu is perfect for a trip. Sainokawara Park with hot springs bubbling through in rivers was a good kick off, followed by Kusatsu center with its Yubatake pond full of streams of hot water flowing powerfully and smelling like hot springs just about right. We also went to watch traditional ritual called Yumomi, during which in old times women (not necessarily) were stirring hot water to cool it down so people could actually go in. As the women started the song during the show our Little Caterpillar decided he wants to join and began singing (?) with them, taking laughs of the audience. Oh this kid!
We were staying at cozy and nice place called L’ambre. The owner and his wife were so friendly, and the food (something in between French and Italian) was delicious, plus we even had a small hot spring tub in basement, so what else to wish for?
Of course we tried some local foods, like onsen eggs (eggs poached in hot spring water) and japanese sweets onsen manju, and there were so much more things we could not accomplish this time we decided we are definitely coming here to Kusatsu again! Or we could buy a villa here hahaha. This joke about villa was so funny yet it sounded so serious when hubby was saying it.
Kusatsu, we left our heart with your fabulous hot springs and we are so returning to fetch it in some time!