Ikaho Onsen is a hot spring resort that has been popular among people since the the first half of the 8th century, as the name of Ikaho appeared in Manyoshuu, the Japan’s oldest anthology of poems. People of cultural eminence, such as Yumeji Takehisa and Roka Tokutomi, also embraced this place with its Stone Steps that symbolize the resort. After walking up 365 Stone Steps, through a number of accommodations and souvenir shops, you can find Ikaho-jinja Shrine. Further along, you will see hot water escaping from the dome-shaped glass at the spring. The water is a brownish-red color, unique to Ikaho, and is directly taken from the spring. It works for neuralgic pains and for backaches, and is famous as “the water to be blessed with children.” Also, Onsen-manju (bean stuffed steamed bun in brown color) was first made in this resort.
- Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma