Ikaho/Haruna Area

Gunma, Kanto

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 north eastern 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 contains sulfhate and carbonic acid, and its concentration is so high that it sometimes dyes towels red. .Kajika Bridge near near the spring source offers beautiful scenery of red leaves in autumn.

The Stone Steps consist of 365 steps that stretch downward about 300 meters from Ikaho Shrine, Souvenir shops and accommodations stand along both sides of the Stone Steps. 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] 50 min from Ueno to Takasaki Station by JR Joetsu/Hokuriku 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.

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