Ikaho (伊香保町, Ikaho-machi) was a town located in Kitagunma District, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.
The Area of Ikaho is centrally located in Gunma Prefecture and lies halfway up the slope of Mt. Haruna. Ikaho is a well-known hot spring resort, and is one of the most famous spas in Japan. The centrally located Stone Steps, “ishidan gai,” are lined on both sides with inns, souvenir shops, public spas and museums. Tourists come not only from Japan, but from all over the world to savor the unique flavor of this resort town.
The delights of Ikaho are even recorded in an ancient Japanese collection of poetry, the “Manyoshu”. From long ago, renowned Japanese novelists and poets came to love the Area of Ikaho, contributing further to its reputation as a cultural center.
In Ikaho one may appreciate not only the natural beauty of Lake Haruna, but also the ancient history of Mizusawa Temple and many other charming tourists highlights.