Kusatsu-juku, located in southwestern Shiga prefecture, is a station on the Nakasendo and Tokaido routes, which connected Edo (present day Tokyo) and Kyoto during the Edo Period (1603 – 1867). Here, you can enjoy a rare retro atmosphere. On the station street, you can find the Kusatsujuku Honjin. It was an accommodation site, and feudal lords would stay here during their long journeys. It was the largest Honjin (accommodation), with an area of 1,706㎡ and 39 rooms. It is one of the very few traditional-style buildings left in good condition on the Tokaido route. Inside, documents and items from the Edo Periods are exhibited. There are many other attractions at Kusatsu-juku, such as the Edo-style dress-up experience. You can also find a monument signalizing the merge of the Nakasendo and Tokaido routes.
Kusatsu, Kusatsu-shi, Shiga
〈Kusatsu Honjin / Kusatsu Community Square〉 9:00a.n. - 5:00p.m. (last entry at 4:30p.m.)
〈Kusatsu Honjin / Kusatsu Community Square〉 Mondays (following weekday if Monday is a public holiday), following weekdays of public holidays (with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays), year-end holidays (Dec. 28 - Jan. 4) and other days used for educational purposes
〈Kusatsu Honjin〉 Adults: ¥240 High school and university students: ¥180 Elementary and junior high school students: ¥120 〈Kusatsu Community Square〉 Adults: ¥200 High school and university students: ¥150 Elementary and junior high school students: ¥100 〈Combined ticket〉 Adults: ¥350 High school and university students: ¥260 Elementary and junior high school students: ¥180 *Group discounts available *Free for elementary school students on Saturdays and on May 5
【Japanese】 Time: about 2.5 hours Registration: by fax or mail Fee: ¥1,000 per guide *Entrance fees to facilities not included
FromKusatsu Station (JR Biwako Line)
about a 10-minute walk from the East Exit