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A short trip to Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma Prefecture. Ousen Falls, located roughly 2-3km south-east from town. This one has to be one of the best views that Kusatsu has to offer within the town proximity, at least for a first-time visitor like myself.A dead-end but sealed road travels south-east from Kusatsu town and terminates at a car park. I walked to the car park from the town centre, it’s not a huge distance. Then a 1km walking track takes over. The track descends gently at the start but the descent will turn steep in the second half as it winds its way down towards Ousen Falls. The walk takes a little care and effort but you will soon be rewarded with a fantastic view at the bottom.Highly recommended if you can go up/down a steep walking track. Also of note is a sign standing at the start of the track warning against a bear encounter (!), advising walkers to make some noise (radio, bells, whistle, etc) while walking to scare away the bears. I tried to make some bodily noises along the way (whistling and humming but also a big breakfast a short time earlier helped me make some other kinds of unmentionable bodily noises too). No bear encounter was to be had – no complaints from me there! Seriously though - I didn’t have a bell or radio on me but was carrying a whistle and a stick (monopod) just in case.This spot in the photo is fairly close to the falls and the view all around is absolutely magnificent! But, water droplets are flying everywhere this close – which is why a lot of spotty bits added themselves as uninvited guests in the photo. More info on the walking track here. 草津 嫗仙の滝 360度パノラマ