Kusatsu (草津) is operated between Ueno (上野) and Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi (長野原草津口) and Manza-Kazawaguchi (万座・鹿沢口). Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi station is the nearest station to one of most famous hot springs resort, Kusatsu. JR Bus Kanto operates the shuttle bus between this station and Kusatsu Onsen.
This train, Limited Express Kusatsu and shuttle bus to Kusatsu by JR Bus Kanto are fully covered by Japan Rail Pass. Let’s see the details.
Route, schedule and travel time
Kusatsu is operated between Ueno and Manza-Kazawaguchi. The number of trips are 2 round trips on weekdays and 1 more round trip on weekend.
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Connection to the JR Bus to Kusatsu Onsen
The bus service to Kusatsu Onsen from Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi station is operated by JR Bus Kanto. This bus service is completely covered by Japan Rail Pass. Several buses are dispatched for the arrival of Limited Express Kusatsu. It is very well connection between train and bus. Please see the details at How to access to Kusatsu Onsen. Japan Rail Pass covers all part of trip to Kusatsu.
Kusatsu is operated by 651 series. This train used to be operated by 185 series. But 185 series is very old and is used for seasonal operation only.
651 series has very nice interior. Especially in Green car, seat layout is 2+1 configuration. The seat pitch is 1160mm. In Ordinary cars, it is JR East standard that are 2+2 seat layout and 910mm seat pitch.
185 series was designed for all purpose. That means this series was expected to use for not only limited express but also rapid and local train. It was sometimes used for a local train. The accommodation was a bit less than the standard of other fleet for limited trains. Interior was renovated and comfortableness is much better than when this train was introduced. So that this train was expected to use for local train, this is only trains for limited express that has a window you can open.
The seat pitch in Green seat is 1160mm. It is the standard size of most JR trains. But the seat configuration is 2+2. It is same configuration as ordinary class. The seat is okay but it is not reached to the standard of green class seat.
The seat pitch in Ordinary seat is 910mm. It is very common ordinary class seat.
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651 series train formation
R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non-Reserved ordinary seat G=Green car seat
651 series Images
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Green Car’s Seat of JR 651 – Lover of Romance
Seat of JR 651 – Lover of Romance
JRE-651syanai – ゆりのき橋
185 series train formation (seasonal operation)
R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non-Reserved ordinary seat