The best places in Gunma to admire the snow-covered winter scenery while soaking in an outdoor bath
Have you heard of ‘yukimiburo'? It is an open-air bath where you can see the snow while bathing. This winter wonder can be found in Gunma Prefecture, only an hour away by Shinkansen from the crowds of Tokyo. Here are some great spots where you can bathe while viewing the snow. Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku rocketed to fame when it was chosen as number one among the top ten hot springs in Japan by the well-known travel guidebook Lonely Planet. The steam from the open-air bath hanging in the air and the Takaragawa River running alongside it create a mystical atmosphere that you can enjoy while bathing. Minakamikogen Hotel 200 features an open-air bath where you can enjoy the surrounding scenery of massive mountains. Manza Prince Hotel is known for its milky-white waters. At night, you can enjoy viewing a sky full of stars from this open-air bath found amidst the beauty of nature at 1,800 meters in elevation. Soaking in an open-air hot spring warmed to your core while surrounded by snow is an experience you don’t want to miss!