Kusatsu, Shiga

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This article is about the city in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. There is a town with this name in Gunma Prefecture, see Kusatsu, Gunma.
Kusatsu
草津市
City
JR Kusatsu Station east gate
JR Kusatsu Station east gate
Flag of Kusatsu
Flag
Location of Kusatsu in Shiga Prefecture
Location of Kusatsu in Shiga Prefecture
Kusatsu is located in Japan
Kusatsu
Kusatsu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°1′N 135°58′E / 35.017°N 135.967°E / 35.017; 135.967Coordinates: 35°1′N 135°58′E / 35.017°N 135.967°E / 35.017; 135.967
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Shiga Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Wataru Hashikawa
Area
 • Total 67.92 km2 (26.22 sq mi)
Population (April 2008)
 • Total 123,690
 • Density 1,820/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Sweet Osmanthus
- Flower Aobana (Commelina communis L. var. hortensis Makino)
Address 3-13-30, Kusatsu, Kusatsu-shi, Shiga-ken
525-8588
Phone number 077-563-1234
Website Kusatsu City

Kusatsu (草津市 Kusatsu-shi?) is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on October 15, 1954.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 123,690 and a population density of 1,820 persons per km². The total area is 67.92 km².

Overview[edit]

In Edo era, Kusatsu developed as a junction shukuba of Tōkaidō and Nakasendō, Kusatsu-juku. The city and its adjoing city Rittō are still an important traffic junction of southern Shiga; Biwako Line, Kusatsu Line, Meishin Expressway, Shin-Meishin Expressway, Japan National Route 1 and Japan National Route 8. So Kusatsu is a regional commercial center next to the capital city Otsu.

Kusatsu can be reached from Kyoto within 30 min by travelling by train on the Biwako Line. The heart of the city mostly comprises large new apartment blocks and many people chose to live there due to the ease of commuting to work in central Kansai such as Kyoto and Osaka. For similar reasons, there are several business hotels, love hotels and hotels catering for weddings around Kusatsu. Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto has a subcampus in Kusatsu.

Tourism[edit]

There is a museum related to the natural history of Lake Biwa located within the city and close to a bridge over the lake, and the Mizunomori Water Botanical Garden features extensive displays of lotus plants.

The city is often confused with Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture, which is a famous hot spring resort. There is even an imitation of the Gunma Kusatsu hot spring in the local public bath house.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Kusatsu is twinned with:

Huge lotus pond bloom in summer at Karasuma Peninsula in Kusatsu.
Historical site of Kusatsu-juku.

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