Kusatsu,Tumagoi and Karuizawa
My wife and I drove around Kusatsu,Tumagoi & Karuizawa from September 12 to 14  to enjoy beautiful scenaries and hot springs.
On the way to Kusatsu, we stopped at Yanba dam site which will completed in 2020.The site is now becoming a sightseeing spot where many beautiful scenery spots,bridges and tunnels and roads are well maintained and shops for selling local vegetables and foods are opened.
Kusatsu town is located in Gunma Prefecture, about 180 km north from Tokyo, and famous for its hot springs. Since Kamakura period , which was started in 1192, many people have visited there to cure their diseases.
Placed at 1200 m above sea level, Kusatsu has an average annual temperature of 7℃. Even summer time, the temperature rarely rise above 25℃,
We stayed Nakazawa village hotel and enjoyed wonderful natures while walking around the hotel by following a walking tour guide. This walking trail is often used by the current Emperor, so the course is named as royal course.
On the second day, we went to Asama Onioshidasi(鬼押し出し) park which is famous for many strange shaped lava rocks. "Onioshidashi" literally means the lava rocks made by devils from Mt.Asama volcano. The area streches 5.5 km long and 2 km width. The rocks were formed by the eruption of Mt. Asama in 1783. Since  the weather was nice, we could see the beautiful mountain range including Mt.Shirane from there.
We also visited Shiraito waterfalls to see the clean water and had lunch at karuizawa town and did some shopping afterwards. We stayed at Karuizawa Mariott Hotel and it was the first time in my life that we stayed the room which had its own outdoor hot spring bath. I could be soaked and relaxed privately in the outdoor bath.
On the third day, we left the hotel at 10 am and went back home, because I had a schedule in the evening. Although we didn't have enough time on the third day, we could still enjoy the trip and learn many interesting things.