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Ikaho Onsen (Ikaho Hot Springs)

Ikaho Ishidangai (Ikaho Stone Steps)

Ishidangai, the well known Ikaho Stone Steps, form the main street of Ikaho Hot Springs resort area.  It is a street with an exotic atmosphere, lined with Japanese-Style Inns, local gift shops and shooting galleries.
It is known by many as the setting for Hototogisu (A Little Cuckoo), a Japanese novel written by Roka Tokutomi (1868-1927). On the way up the stone steps, you can also find the poem of Akiko Yosano (1878-1942) “Ikaho no Machi” engraved there.

Ishidangai Live Cam

●Driving Directions
Ikaho Onsen is located about 25 minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.

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Ikaho Rotenburo (Ikaho Outdoor Bath)

Ikaho Rotenburo is a public outdoor bath.  Here you can enjoy relaxing in mountain water. The large round tub is divided in half, one side is for hot water and the other side is warm water. Soaking here while relaxing, you’ll be treated to wonderful seasonal views of azalea blossoms in the springtime and the beautiful colored leaves of autumn.

●Address
581 Ikahoyumoto, Ikaho, Shibukawa, Gunma Japan
●Telephone
+81-279-72-2488
●Driving Directions
Ikaho Rotenburo is located approximately 30 minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.
●Hours
9:00-19:00 (April to September), 10:00-18:00 (October to March) Closed on the first and third Thursdays
●Charge
450 yen

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Ikaho Ishidan no Yu (Spa of the Ikaho Stone Steps)

Ishidan no Yu is a stone-built spa located along the Ikaho Stone Steps. The water is an interesting color, which is typical of pure Ikaho hot springs, and is effective for relief of neuralgic pains and backache. Spa is on the ground floor and on the second floor is a lounge, where you can take a break from your Stone-Step walking up there.

●Address
36 Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa, Gunma 370-0102 Japan
●Telephone
+81-279-72-4526
●Driving Directions
Ishidan no Yu is located approximately 25 minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.
●Hours
9:00-21:00 (April to October), 9:00-20:30 (November to March) Closed on the second and fourth Tuesdays Open on public holidays and during the summer holidays
●Charge
adults-400 yen / kids-200 yen
●HP
http://www.city.shibukawa.gunma.jp/
kankou/onsen/ishidannoyu.html

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Kajikabashi (Kajika Bridge)

Kajika-bashi is a vermillion colored lacquered-arch-bridge near the head spring of Ikaho Onsen. In autumn, maples, sawtooth oaks, lacquer trees and the leaves ofmany other trees change to red, gold and yellow to create breathtaking scenery. During this season, in the evening, the trees are beautifully illuminated for wonderful nighttime viewing.

●Address
590 Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa, Gunma 377-0102
●Telephone
+81-279-72-3151 (Ikaho Onsen Tourism Association)
●Driving Directions
Kajikabashi is located approximately 30 minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.

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Ikaho Jinja (Ikaho Shrine)

The Ikaho Shrine is one of three major historic shrines of ancient Gunma or Kozukeno Kuni. Also included are the Nukisaki Shrine in Tomioka City and the Akagi Shrine in the Akagi area. Many believe that the god of the hot spring and medical care is enshrined in Ikaho Shrine.  On New Year’s Eve, people visit the shrine to give a new year worship.  They are treated with sweet alcoholic drink made of rice, known as amazake. At the top of Ikaho Ishidangai, the Ikaho Shrine is revered as a symbol of the Ikaho community.

●Address
2 Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa, Gunma 377-0102 Japan
●Telephone
+81-279-72-2351
●Driving Directions
The Ikaho Shrine is located approximately 25 minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.

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Ikaho Ropeway

The Ikaho Ropeway links the Ikaho Onsen area and the top of Mt. Monokiki. The fourth floor of the  Machi no Eki is the entry platform of the Ikaho Ropeway. It takes about 4 minutes each way.  Getting off at the Miharashi Station, you are surrounded by a panoramic view of the Kanto Plain and its ring of mountain peaks. Ikaho Skate Park and the Uenoyama Park’s Viewing Deck is near the station.

●Telephone
+81-279-72-2418 (Hototogisu Stasion) +81-279-72-4656 (Miharashi Station)
●Driving Directions
The Ikaho Ropeway is located approximately 25 minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.
●Hours

Runs every 10 minutes from 8:40 to 10:00 and every 15 minutes from 10:00-17:15
Open 7 days a week

●Charge
Adults-480 yen one-way / 800 yen round-trip

Children -240 yen one-way / 400 yen round-trip

●HP
http://www.city.shibukawa.gunma.jp/
shisetsu/ikahoropeway.html

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Gotokuzan Mizusawa Kannon (Statue of the Goddess of Kannon - Mizusawa, Gotokuzan)

Gotoku-zan Mizusawa Kannon stands in the 16th Fudajo ( a temple created to obtain amulets) of the 33 Fudajo of Kannon in Bando (the ancient name of the Kanto region). This Fudajo is said to have been built around the period of the Empress Suiko(592-628). Often called simply Mizusawa Kannon. it includes the current hall which was built in the 7th year of the Tenmei Period (1787). On New Year’s Eve, people from around the country visit and strike the bell, known as Joya no Kane.

●Address
214 Mizusawa, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa, Gunma 377-0103 Japan
●Telephone
+81-279-72-3619
●Driving Directions
Gotoku-zan Mizusawa Kannon is located approximately 25minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.
●HP
http://www.mizusawakannon.or.jp

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Ikaho Kirie Bijutsukan (Ikaho Kirie Art Museum)

The Ikaho Kirie Bijutsukan is a museum that exhibits wonderfully artistic paper-cutout works of the National Kirie Association. There is also a booth for free Kirie lessons, where you can enjoy making a Japanese style paper-cutout and make your own original Kirie.

●Address
530-108 Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa, Gunma 377-0102 Japan
●Telephone
+81-279-72-2780
●Driving Directions
Ikaho Kirie Bijitsukan is located approximately 25 minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.
●Hours
9:00-17:00 Closed on the second Tuesday Open on public holidays and everyday in August
●Charge
Adults-500 yen / Children (Jr. high students and younger) -200 yen
●HP
http://www5.wind.ne.jp/iyo/

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Ikaho Onsekisho (historic check point: equivalent to contemporary Immigration Office)

The Ikaho Onsekisho is a restored check point that was on the alternative road to the Mikuni Way. Originally built in the Kanei Period (1631) by order of the Tokugawa Bakufu. The station was an enormous thatched-roof building, and now there is a resource center displaying the handprinted passes, ancient documents, weapons and other items of that time.

●Address
34 Ikaho-Kou, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa, Gunma 377-0102 Japan
●Driving Directions
The Ikaho Onsekisho is located approximately 25 minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.
●Hours
9:00-17:00 (9:00-16:30 from November to March)
Closed on the second and fourth Tuesday
●Charge
Free

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Kyu Hawaii Okoku Koushi Bettei
(The Ministerís Villa of the Former Kingdom of Hawaii)

The villa of the minister of the former Kingdom of Hawaii is a Japanese-style wooden residence built during the early Meiji Period. It was the home of Robert W. Irwin, the minister to Japan of the then Kingdom of Hawaii, and the only building of the Kingdom of Hawaii that remains in Japan. In commemoration, the Hawaiian Festival is held in Ikaho every summer.

●Address
29-5 Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa, Gunma 377-0102 Japan
●Telephone
+81-279-72-2237
●Driving Directions
The Ministerís Villa of the Former Kingdom of Hawaii is located approximately 25 minutes away from Shibukawa-Ikaho exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.
●Hours
8:30-17:00 Closed from the 25th to 29th of December
●Charge
Free

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