JR Kusatsu Station east gate
Location of Kusatsu in Shiga Prefecture
|• Mayor||Wataru Hashikawa|
|• Total||67.82 km2 (26.19 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2015)|
|• Density||2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Sweet Osmanthus|
|• Flower||Aobana (Commelina communis L. var. hortensis Makino)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||3-13-30, Kusatsu, Kusatsu-shi, Shiga-ken
In the Edo era, Kusatsu developed as a junction shukuba of Tōkaidō and Nakasendō, Kusatsu-juku. The city and its adjoining 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. Kusatsu is a regional commercial center next to the capital, Ōtsu.
Kusatsu can be reached from Kyoto within 30 minutes 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.
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.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Kusatsu is twinned with:
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