Kusatsu, Ikaho, Shima, Minakami - Gunma Prefecture seems to have assembled some of the Japanese people's favorite hot springs in one area. Dress up in colorful yukata and take a stroll around the onsen town of Kusatsu Onsen - a town with a 'Yubatake' at its heart surrounded by gift shops and restaurants. The stone steps of Ikaho Onsen is a great place to get great photographs. The area has many hot springs near enough to enjoy a day trip from Tokyo. Although it is possible to stay in Tokyo and spend half a a day here, the towns have developed to the point where many hot springs are now within reach for a hot spring tour, so it is worth taking it easy and staying overnight in Gunma to make the most of the region.