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The most popular Hot Spring Spot in Japan!
The origin of the name Kusatsu


There is an abundance of theories, so we'll just tell you main ones below.

Number 1
The Buddhist sacred writings Daihan Nyakyou state, "In the south there is a famous hot spring called Kusatsu". So might this area have been named Kusatsu by monks?


Number 2
Does it originate from the language of the Ainu people (the first race to inhabit Japan)?
For example, in Shigakogen there is a hot spring called Hoppo Onsen. The "Hoppo" part of the name means "hot spring" in Ainu.

Number 3
In Japanese the word for "smelly" is kusai. Could the name Kusatsu have come from the hot spring being originally known as the "smelly spring"?

Number 4
Did it originate from the word kusatsutsumi, used as a memory keyword for a traditional Japanese tanka (poem) regarding illness?

Number 5
In the olden days, Kusatsu used to be pronounced as Kusaji, but recently it has come to be pronounced Kusatsu.

This is true throughout Japan, but perhaps it is just down to the fact that we no longer pronounce our consonants clearly.

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