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Day trip Tour EThe Ishidan-gai stair climb in Ikaho and delicious Mizusawa udon

In Japan, the top three udon noodles are said to be: Inaniwa udon from Akita, Sanuki udon from Kagawa, and Mizusawa udon from Gunma. Mizusawa udon has a history of some 1,300 years and is said to have originated as a food given to visitors at Mizusawa-dera Temple. After you try this traditional udon for yourself, we suggest taking the Ikaho Ishidan (stone stairway) climb to see the center of Ikaho Hot Springs Town. The area has an air of hot springs, and is excellent for walking around to find traditional hot springs ryokan (inns), gift shops, target practice shooting and other diversions.

Trip Details

 

Ueno Station

Trunk lines

approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes on the limited express Kusatsu.

 

Shibukawa Station

Taxi

Taxi (approx. 20 minutes)

Taxis make sightseeing easy!

Ekikara Kantakun is a great taxi service from JR to help you enjoy sightseeing. The taxis leave from JR stations. A trip of two to three hours by taxi is a convenient way to enjoy the area. Ekikara Kantakun service is available for boarding between 9:00 and 15:00.

Prices start at 5,960 yen. See the station for further details. This is the cost for one to four people per vehicle. (The admission fee is separate and must be paid by the visitor.)

Stations with Ekikara Kantakun service

Stations with Ekikara Kantakun service
Takasaki, Maebashi, Shibukawa, Numata, Jomo Kogen Station
For further details, contact the JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi) at your nearest station.

A taxi stand
A taxi stand

 

Haruna Glass
(a glass-blowing factory)

On foot

Glass-blowing factory tour

History&Traditions

Experience traditional glass blowing at Haruna Glass

Watch an artisan glass blower manipulate soft blobs of molten glass in front of your eyes. For those with a bit more time, there is a cold program where participants can even try their hand at simple glass handwork. An opportunity like this does not come along very often. Take the glass-blowing tour for a great challenge!
Total time: 30 minutes

Hours of Operation

  • 8:30 to 17:00

Entrance Fees

  • The glass-blower tour is free of charge, but there is a charge for the cold program.

Haruna Glass, where you can experience glass handwork firsthand
Haruna Glass, where you can experience glass handwork firsthand

 

Haruna Glass
(a glass-blowing factory)

Taxi

Taxi (approx. 5 minutes)

 

Mizusawa-dera
Temple

Taxi

Taxi (approx. 10 minutes)

DiningHistory&Traditions

Mizusawa udon – one of the three great udons

Mizusawa udon is a handmade udon noodle that has been served near Mizusawa-dera Temple for more than 400 years. It is counted as one of the three great udon noodles of Japan, along with Inaniwa udon of Akita Prefecture and Sanuki udon of Kagawa Prefecture. With a firm body and a translucent appearance, Mizusawa udon tastes so good, you'll be hooked after the first bite.

We heartily recommend Mizusawa udon for lunch.

Firm-bodied Mizusawa udon
Firm-bodied Mizusawa udon

 

Ikaho
Hot Springs

On foot

Ishidan-gai stair climb (approx. 1 hour)

DiningHot springsShopping

Ikaho Hot Springs and Ishidan-gai Climb

The ishidan, or stone stairway, is a symbol of Ikaho. On both sides of the stone stairway at Ikaho, gift shops, manju confectionery stores and amusement centers entice travelers while providing a hot spring atmosphere. In 2010, the stone stairway was rebuilt with 365 stairs. The number of stairs expresses the wish that the hot springs town flourish 365 days a year.

As you climb the stairs, stop to wash your tired feet in a foot bath, a more casual version of the hot spring.
Total time: about 1 hour

Ikaho Spa and Resort Tourism Association

Ishidan-gai at Ikaho
Ishidan-gai at Ikaho

 

Ikaho
Hot Springs

Taxi

Taxi (approx. 15 minutes)

 

Shibukawa Station

Trunk lines

approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes on the limited express Kusatsu.

More tourism information on Gunma

Gunma Tourism International Association

 

Ueno Station

As of June 2014.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.

Trunk lines

Trunk lines

On foot

On foot

Taxi

Taxi

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