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  • Roadside Station Komochi
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    3.5
    92 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Shiroi 2318-1
    This roadside station is located on National Route 17 (Koizawa Bypass), in Shiroijuku, which prospered as the castle town of Shiroi Castle, approximately 10 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Shibukawa Ikaho Interchange. The restaurant’s Katsudon Rice Bowl, made with tender Joshu pork, and the Akagi Beef Croquettes are recommended. The local produce center’s freshly picked local vegetables, original side dishes and specialty Konjac are also popular. The footbath can also be used free of charge on weekends and national holidays. In the spring, double-flowered cherry trees blossom on the roadside, and the Shiroijuku double-flowered cherry festival brings excitement with its samurai parade and festival stalls.

    かなり大掛かりな施設。食事処、農産物直売、。白井城址や白井宿の歴史的遺産もある。足湯なども併設されており、ゆっくり楽しめる。

  • Mizusawa Kanzeon
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    4.0
    193 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachimizusawa 214
    The Mizusawa Kanzeon is a Buddhist deity in a temple of the Tendai sect in Mizusawa, Ikaho Town, Shibukawa City. The temple was founded by the order of Empress Suiko and boasts a history of more than 1,300 years. Its principal image is a bronze statue of the eleven-faced Buddha, Juichimen Senju Kanzeon Bosatsu, rarely shown to the public and said to have miraculous powers to assist all those who pray to her. The Mizusawa Temple is the 16th in the Bando 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, a pilgrimage circuit of 33 Buddhist temples in Eastern Japan.

    First visit in June- so crowded, bus loads of people, hard to walk, not good pictures. Second visit was on a weekday around 4:30. No one was there! We could pray in peace. Carried our infant around...

  • Villa of Kingdom of Hawaii
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 32
    This townhouse is located 25 minutes from the Kan’etsu Shibukawa Ikaho Interchange. It was the residence of the resident minister of the then Kingdom of Hawaii and was one of the properties Robert W. Irwin used as a summer villa. It is one of the few buildings in Japan which were once owned by the Kingdom of Hawaii and is now a designated Historical Site. The townhouse is free of charge to enter and exhibits such as a saber (ceremonial sword) on which the Gosan no Kiri family crest is engraved, and the newly established guidance service allow visitors to learn more about the relationship between Hawaii and Ikaho.
  • Shinto Village Vineyard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Kitagunmagunshintoumura Hirobaba Nagaoka and Yamakoda
    This grape picking tourism farm is located approximately 20 minutes from the Kan-etsu Expressway Shibukawa Ikaho Interchange. The farm is open from early August to late September and has around 30 vineyards. It of course has varieties such as Delaware and Kyoho grapes, and also large, white Jasmine grapes, Pione grapes, which are even larger than Kyoho with a very concentrated flesh, and Izunishiki grapes, first-class in both size and taste.
  • Hijiri Sake Brewery
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Hokkitsumachishimohakoda 380
    This long-established brewery is located at the foot of the southwestern side of Mt. Akagi, in Kitatachibana Town, Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture. It continues to use cool, clear underground water to make its sake. It is where the refined Japanese rice wine, Kanto no Hana is produced, and the surrounding area remains a natural environment where fireflies dance and freshwater crabs play. The special brewery’s signature refined sake, Kanto no Hana, uses the especially suitable Wakamizu rice produced in Gunma Prefecture to give the sake its characteristic flavor and sharpness that a person will never tire of drinking. Sake, shochu other liquor can also be tasted at the shop front.
  • Roadside Station Onoko
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Onoko 1980
    This small roadside station is located approximately 20 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Shibukawa Ikaho Interchange, on National Route 353, which runs East-West parallel to the Agatsuma River in the center of Gunma Prefecture. It is near the entrance to the Agatsuma hot spring district, and many guests of Kusatsu Hot Spring and Shima Hot Spring also visit the roadside station. There is a direct sales outlet for farms, which sells fresh, local vegetables, dishes and homemade items, as well as a restaurant where local housewives work making meals. The direct sales outlet’s Maitake mushrooms and its apple pie are recommended. The restaurant’s Tempura and mixed rice and handmade soba with pickles are also very popular.

    道の駅としてはかなりこじんまりとした感じ、農産物も期待していたほどではなかった。特別目指して立ち寄るようなところではない。 しかし、蕎麦寿司なるものを販売していたので、昼食用に購入。おいなりさんの中にご飯ではなく蕎麦が入ったもの。物珍しさで買ったけど、結構美味しかった。

  • Ikaho Kirie Museum
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 530-108
    Located in Ikaho, Ikaho Town, the Ikaho Kirie Museum exhibits wonderfully artistic paper-cutout works. As well as the permanent exhibition of works from members of the Ikaho Kirie Association, every four months a temporary exhibition of works by two members of the association takes place. Visitors to the museum can also have a go at the paper-cutouts themselves free of charge.

    帰る日に時間の余裕があり、突然、思い立って出かけてみました。入館受け付けを済ませたら他に2名入ったばかりの方と合わせて5名で、切り絵についての丁寧な説明をしていただきました。さらに、個々の作品についての説明があり、最後に切り絵体験(無料/約30分)までご指導いただき満足して美術館を後にしました。是非、訪問してみてください。

  • Ikaho Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 2
    Ikaho Shrine is located in Ikaho, Ikaho Town, Shibukawa City. The enshrined deities are Ohnamuchi no Mikoto and Sukunabikona no Mikoto. The shrine is said to be especially beneficial for those wanting a child. The shrine is also well known for its approach of 365 stone steps flanked by many different Japanese-style inns and shops.
  • Ishidangai (Ikaho Stone Steps)
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho
    A shopping street built on the approach leading to Ikaho Shrine in Ikaho, Ikaho Town, Shibukawa City. On either side of the 365 stone steps are a range of stores such as an onsen, souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, specialty shops selling onsen-manju (a bun stuffed with azuki-bean paste) and amusement arcades where the old-fashioned shooting games can be enjoyed.
  • Hara Museum ARC
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Kanai 2855-1
    Found near Ikaho Onsen hot spring this art museum in Kanai, Shibukawa City, is right next to the Ikaho Green Ranch. It is an annex of the Hara Museum located in Shinagawa, Tokyo. Along with the displays of contemporary art visitors can enjoy traditional East Asian art displayed in the Kankai Pavilion. The museum has a shop and a café which serves homemade ice cream and lunch desserts from the nearby ranch.
  • Ikaho Checkpoint
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 34
    The Ikaho Checkpoint, now a small museum, is situated on the right hand side of the Ikaho Stone Steps which leads up to Ikaho Shrine in Ikaho, Ikaho Town. The restored checkpoint was an important point during the Edo period on the so called Mikuni Highway back road which goes to Nakayamajuku via Ikaho. The museum now exhibits artifacts relating to the time when it was in use.
  • Takehisa Yumeji Ikaho Memorial
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 544-119
    A memorial hall dedicated to the painter Yumeji Takehisa and situated on the Jomo-Sanzan Panorama Highway heading east from the onsen resort in Ikaho, Ikaho Town. The memorial hall displays Yumeji Takehisa’s pieces of work and artifacts in a number of different buildings including the Taisho Romantic Hall which resembles a warehouse, the Kurofunekan which was built to commemorate the donation of Yumeji’s masterpiece, Kurofuneya, and the Giyamanrou which displays Japanese glass from the Edo to Taisho periods. There is also a café where you can get a sense of the Taisho Roman style, and a museum shop.

    If you notice to small things,... bits and pieces are artifacts Wether it is door mobs, handles, glass window, chair, Door, sliding doors, pond, rocks... Every 45mins, you can Listen to over 100...

  • Tokutomi Roka Memorial Museum of Literature
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    14 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 614-8
    This museum, located along the Jomo-Sanzan Panorama Road in Ikaho, Ikaho Town, is dedicated to Meiji-period writer Roka Tokutomi. In addition to permanent exhibits featuring various personal artifacts and materials belonging to Roka Tokutomi, whose famed work “Hototogisu” is the source of the Ikaho Ropeway station name, there are also planned exhibits and tea ceremony events held in the writer’s honor, among other events.

    伊香保をこよなく愛した徳冨蘆花の文学館で展示館と記念館に分かれています。展示館には蘆花の代表作不如帰の初版本をはじめ、遺品や写真などのゆかりの品々が展示されています。記念館は蘆花が臨終を迎えた木造の旅館を移築したものです。和室にベッドが置かれていました。

  • Shokoku Mingei Tentemari
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 72-6
    This folkcraft shop is located in an alley of the stone steps in the Ikaho Hot Spring area of Ikaho, Ikaho Town. In addition to folk toys such as temari (traditional handball game), kendama (cup and ball game), kaleidoscopes, and pellet drums, the shop also sells pottery, woodwork goods, dyed textiles, and other folkcrafts. In addition, the first floor of the shop is a teahouse called “Sabo Temari” that offers handmade cakes and other items.
  • Usaburo Kokeshi (Wooden Dolls)
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Kitagunmagunshintoumura Nagaoka 1591
    The designs of the Usaburo Kokeshi (wooden dolls) are praised from abroad. This is a facility where visitors can experience and touch the Kokeshi dolls made by the founder Usaburo Okamoto who strived for perfection as an artisan. There are six hands-on experience courses, and reservations are unnecessary unless for groups of 15 or more. Besides cute kokeshi dolls, vases made of chestnut wood, Japanese wooden bowls and Japanese traditional toys are also sold in the shop. It is approximately 10 minutes by car from JR Yagihara Station.

    Vast range of traditional wooden kokeshi dolls. Fantastic place for a souvenir if you are in the vicinity.

  • Akebiya Kogeihin Samata
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 10-6
    An akebi-zaiku chocolate vine wickerwork shop located in Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture where you can purchase Ikaho vine wickerwork, designated a traditional craft by Gunma Prefecture. In addition to akebi-zaiku, the shop also carries a variety of other superb goods shaped by the hands of master craftspeople, including vases, bags, and baskets woven from crimson glory vines and walnut vines.
  • Gensen Yushutsu-guchi Kanranjo (Ikaho Onsen)
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho Yuan
    The second source of the famous Ikaho Hot Spring is located next to the Ikaho Hot Spring outdoor bath. 1,400 liters of hot water gushes out of the hot spring source per minute, and visitors can observe this through a glass dome. The gushing hot water changes color from transparent to brown as it oxidizes when it comes into contact with the air.
  • Kajikabashi Bridge
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho
    Kajikabashi Bridge is an elegant, red painted arched bridge near the source of Ikaho Hot Springs. In autumn, the maples all change color at once and every year during the autumn season the bridge is illuminated. It is famous as a sightseeing spot for the autumn hues in the night.
  • Ikaho Toy, Doll & Car Museum
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Kitagunmagunyoshiokamachi Kaminoda 2145
    This private theme park in Yoshioka Town, Kita Gunma County, Gunma Prefecture features an old-fashioned candy store street. There are also a variety of other areas like an antique toy and doll museum, a classic car museum, a teddy bear museum, and a squirrel park. Visitors pour in from around the country. From children to seniors, there’s something for everyone.

    The museum is quite ‘wild and whacky’ as you enter. The proprietor clearly has a sense of fun. The toy and doll sections are interesting but my main reason for visiting was the classic Japanese car...

  • Fujimi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Kitagunmagunshintoumura Uenohara
    This pass at the foot of Mt. Haruna in Shinto Village, Kita Gunma County, Gunma Prefecture hosts one of Kanto’s best view points. There’s a small parking lot at the pass offering an unbroken view of the townscape stretching from Maebashi City to Shibukawa City. Especially known for its beautiful night view, the sight of the countless lights sparkling below like jewels is breathtaking. You can see it all from your car, making it a popular dating spot.

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Gunma prefecture is synonymous with onsen. Natural hot spring water sources throughout the prefecture have given rise to a series of small onsen towns, each set among luscious mountains. At Kusatsu, Ikaho, and Minakami, traditional indoor and outdoor bathing experiences are served hand in hand with irresistible onsen-themed food, including steam-cooked eggs and custard pudding.

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