The Sainokawara Park (Sainokawara Kōen) extends over a valley not far from the city center of Kusatsu, in which there are numerous thermal springs and a large outdoor pool. The hiking trails in the upper part of the park lead through beautiful natural landscapes.
This park was once feared by the population because it was believed that Japanese ogres (oni) would rise from its sources. These days, however, the riverside hot springs are once again extremely popular.
In some places the hot water from the springs gushes to the surface, collects in warm water pools and flows in warm streams down into the valley, whereupon it flows into a central mountain stream.
There is even a small waterfall fed by hot spring water.
A 10-minute walk from the yubatake in Kusatsu Onsen Town.
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