Browse through the shops lining the 365 Stone Steps, located on a highland slope near the foot of Mt. Haruna-san.
Ikaho Onsen is an onsen resort located on a highland rising 720-820 meters above sea level at the northeastern foot of Mt. Haruna-san in the central part of Gunma. The resort is said to have been founded in the 7th century. The spring is of sulfate and carbonic acid, and its concentration is so high that it sometimes dyes towels red. The source of the spring is situated somewhat away from the town, at a spot 850 meters above sea level.Kajika Bridge nearby the source offers a beautiful scenery of autumnal leaves in November.
Stone Steps is a street of stone steps consisting of 365 steps that stretch downward about 300 meters from Ikaho Shrine, passing Ikaho Sekisho Ato (checkpoint). The checkpoint is said to have a history of about 430 years. Souvenir shops and accommodations stand along both sides of the Stone Steps, and four observation points 'komaguchi' are situated along the way, from which you can watch through pieces of glass the hot spring flowing to each accommodation. Among the other popular attractions are Ikaho Green Bokujo(a tourist ranch), Hara Museum ARC (modern art museum) and Ikaho Toy, Doll & Car Museum.
Mt. Haruna-san, a dual volcano with a flat caldera, makes up part of the Jomo Sanzan (Three Famous Mountains in Gunma, "Jomo" is an old name of Gunma) along with Mt. Myogi-san and Mt. Akagi-yama. Other points of interest are the Haruna Fuji at the central volcanic cone and Lake Haruna-ko, a crater lake. Tourists can enjoy boating on the lake, and cycling around the lake. In winter, the lake turns a splendid illumination spot and attracts many visitors.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 45 min from Ueno to Takasaki Station by JR Joetsu Shinkansen and 25 min from Takasaki to Shibukawa Station by Joetsu Line. Or 1h 45 min from Ueno to Shibukawa Station by JR Joetsu Line (limited express "Kusatsu"). And 25 min from the station to Ikaho Onsen by bus.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 7 min from Tokyo to Ueno Station by JR Yamanote Line.