Ikaho Onsen Ishidangai伊香保 石段街
Ikaho Onsen Ishidangai (town of stone steps) is the main street of a hot spring town full of hot spring atmosphere, with hot spring inns, souvenir shops, and shooting playgrounds lined up on both sides. Try out the onsen Manju, a yummy steamed bun snack, that originated here in Ikaho. You will be introduced to the charms of this atmospheric old town that is the perfect place to relax and to getaway. This Ishidangai has a history of about 400 years and is said to have been formed in 1576. It can be said that it is the first hot spring town planned in Japan. The current stone steps were renovated from 1980 to 1984. These stone steps look as if they are going up to the sky and give the area a unique ambiance. More steps were added in 2010 and now counts 365 steps. The 365 stone steps were made with a wish for prosperity, that the onsen town would welcome many visitors 365 days a year.
Ikaho shrine is located on top of stone steps. Kajikabashi Bridge is located 500m away from Ikaho shrine and it is recommended to visit in autumn. Behind of the Kajikabashi bridge, there is drinking Onsen place as well. Please see pictures for more information.
The following parking lots are recommended.
1) P4 Parking (Municipal No. 4 Parking Lot (Ishidangai Parking Lot)) MC: 94 875 521*70
2) P1 Parking (Municipal No. 1 Parking Lot) MC: 94 875 427*26
About 1 hour 10 minutes by car or 75km from Yuzawa City.