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View of the snowy mountain ranges with distinctive volcanic cones from Ikaho Onsen

View of the snowy mountain ranges with distinctive volcanic cones from Ikaho Onsen

Visiting a hot spring town is a quintessential part of the Japanese experience, so obviously we could not miss out on that. Since our Japan map still has many empty patches, we tried a new region this time, namely Gunma (群馬) prefecture. Ikaho Onsen (伊香保温泉) recommends itself for an overnight trip as it can be reached within two hours from Tokyo (shinkansen plus local train plus bus, or shinkansen plus bus). Located on a mountain slope, Ikaho Onsen commands beautiful views of the plain below surrounded by mountain ranges.
The bottom of the Ishidangai, the famous 360 stone steps leading up through the town of Ikaho Onsen.

The bottom of the Ishidangai, the famous 360 stone steps leading up through the town of Ikaho Onsen.

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