Day trip bathing travel journals to hot springs where we visited by train and bus

Ikaho Onsen Yokotekan

Ikaho Onsen Yokotekan

11, Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture

Soaking in "Koganenoyu" Flowing from the Source. If you find your favorite photo spot, you will feel like a Taisho roman!

Yokotekan bathtub, Ikaho Onsen
Autumn leaves around Kajika Bridge, Ikaho Onsen Yokotekan exterior, Ikaho Onsen Yokotekan stair hall light, Ikaho Onsen

"Koganenoyu", the traditional hot water of Ikaho Onsen, is poured into a large bathtub by Flowing from the Source. (Yokotekan is one of nine ryokan that can draw "Koganenoyu" directly from the source.)

Yokotekan was established in the early 1700s. The main building, built in 1920, is a four-story structure made of cypress. In the twilight, when the lights go on, it has full of the atmosphere of the "Taisho Romanesque".

Ikaho Onsen has some souvenir shops and shooting shops etc. around the Stone Steps Street. It's fun to walk around while eating specialty gourmet foods, or look for a coffee shop in a small alley.

Location

Rating of access

2.0 pt(from Ueno)

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Area / Railway

Kanto Region
Gunma Pref.

JR Joetsu / Agatsuma Line

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Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta.JR: 2 hrs 20 min Takasaki Line etc. - Joetsu Line ¥ 2,310
  • Shibukawa Sta.Walk: 2 hrs 25 min 9.3 km (5.8 mi) Difference in elevation: 592 m (1942 ft)
  • Yokotekan
Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta. JR express: 1 hr 45 min Kusatsu Non-reserved seat ¥ 3,670
  • Shibukawa Sta. Kan-etsu Kotsu bus: 21 min ¥ 580
  • Ikaho Onsen Bus StopWalk: 3 min 0.2 km (0.1 mi)
  • Yokotekan
Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta. JR Shinkansen: 50 min Toki etc. Non-reserved seat ¥ 4,610
  •  (Transfer at Takasaki Sta.) JR: 30 min Joetsu Line etc. ¥ -
  • Shibukawa Sta. Gunma Bus: 29 min ¥ 620
  • Ikaho Bus TerminalWalk: 4 min 0.3 km (0.2 mi)
  • Yokotekan
Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta. JR Shinkansen: 50 min Toki etc. Non-reserved seat ¥ 4,280
  • Takasaki Sta. (West exit) Gunma Bus: 1 hr 10 min ¥ 1,170
  • Ishidangaiguchi Bus StopWalk: 14 min 0.4 km (0.2 mi)
  • Yokotekan
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta. Tobu: 1 hr 35 min Tojo Line ¥ 910
  • Yorii Sta.JR: 45 min Hachiko Line ¥ 990
  •  (Transfer at Takasaki Sta.) JR: 30 min Joetsu Line etc. ¥ -
  • Shibukawa Sta.Walk: 0 min
  • Shibukawa-ekimae Plaza Bicycle rental: 1 hr 05 min ¥ free
    9.3 km (5.8 mi) Difference in elevation: 593 m (1946 ft)
  • Yokotekan
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta. Tobu: 35 min Tojo Line ¥ 480
  • Kawagoe Sta. (West exit) Kan-etsu Kotsu Expressway bus: 1 hr 50 min Ikaho Shima Onsen-go ¥ 2,300
  • Ikaho Onsen Bus StopWalk: 3 min 0.2 km (0.1 mi)
  • Yokotekan
Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. (New South Gate) Walk: 2 min
  • Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal JR Expressway bus: 2 hrs 37 min Joshu Yumeguri-go ¥ 2,270 - ¥ 2,850
  • Ishidangaiguchi Bus StopWalk: 14 min 0.4 km (0.2 mi)
  • Yokotekan
Routes from Tokyo
  • Ueno
  • JR
  • Shibukawa
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 4 hrs 45 min ¥ 2,310

  • Ueno
  • JR express
  • Shibukawa
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 09 min ¥ 4,250

  • Ueno
  • Shinkansen
  • Takasaki
  • JR
  • Shibukawa
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 1 hr 53 min ¥ 5,230

  • Ueno
  • Shinkansen
  • Takasaki
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 14 min ¥ 5,450

  • Ikebukuro
  • Tobu
  • Yorii
  • JR
  • Shibukawa
  • Bicycle rental
  • hot spring
  • 3 hrs 55 min ¥ 1,900

  • Ikebukuro
  • Tobu
  • Kawagoe
  • Expressway bus
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 28 min ¥ 2,780

  • Shinjuku
  • Expressway bus
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 53 min ¥ 2,270 - ¥ 2,850

  • The fare of JR Express and normal Shinkansen is "Basic fare" plus "(Super) Express charge". (These are determined according to the distance.) "(Super) Express charge" has two types: Reserved seat and Non-reserved seat. Reserved seat charge adds ¥ 730 (during the busy season) or ¥ 530 (during the normal season) or ¥ 330 (during the off season) to Non-reserved seat charge. (For details, please refer to JR East _ Ticketing and Busy / Normal / Off season calendar.)
  • Kan-etsu Kotsu route bus "Ikaho Line Unlimited ride ticket" offers a free bus ride between Shibukawa and Ikaho, as well as discounts for charges such as Ishidannoyu, Ikaho Open-air Bath and so on.
  • You can use the "Oze Card" on the route buses in the Ikaho area of Kan-etsu Kotsu. The Oze card is like a prepaid card that can be used on some route buses, and can be used for 4,350 yen for a sales amount of 3,000 yen. There is no expiration date, the fare for multiple people can be settled with one Oze card, and it can also be used on route buses such as Tone Numata and Nakanojo area. You can buy the Oze card at the Kan-etsu Kotsu Shibukawa Office or on the bus.
  • In case of you go to Ikaho by Gunma Bus, route buses depart from Shibukawa Station and Takasaki Station. Both are via Mizusawa, so they are convenient if you stop by Mizusawa Udon Town. And Gunma Bus also operates a bus from Ikaho to Lake Haruna. Further, "Ikaho / Mizusawa / Haruna One-way discount ticket" may be good for sightseeing in Ikaho Onsen plus Mizusawa / Lake Haruna.
  • In addition to the above, "Ikaho Town Bus" and "Mizusawa Shuttle Bus" can be also used for sightseeing around Ikaho Onsen.
  • For foreign tourists visiting Japan, "Shibukawa Ikaho Area Pass" is for sale. It is an unlimited ride ticket for Shibukawa Ikaho area route bus etc. for two days. (Passport required)
  • "Shibukawa-ekimae Plaza" is in front of JR Shibukawa Station. They provides electric assisted bicycle rental for free of charge. (9:00 - 19:00, photo ID required, reservations can be made, Tel.0279-24-0022)
  • Fare for the JR Bus "Joshu Yumeguri-go" is reduced by early sale and advance purchase. Kan-etsu Kotsu Expressway bus "Ikaho Shima Onsen-go" is operated from November to around May the following year, once a day.
  • The above fares are based on cash. When using an IC card, the fares may differ slightly.
  • The above times and distances are approximate. Does not include transfering or waiting times.

How to get to Yokotekan

(Directions from Ikaho Onsen Bus Stop)
  1. Go up the uphill toward the Stone Steps Street
  2. Enter the side path behind Kindayu

bus stop: bus stop

Map and bus stop of Yokotekan, Ikaho Onsen in Gunma prefecture

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Travel journal of day trip bathing to hot spring

Characters

Nishi-san
Nishi-san
He is an orthodox hot springs lover and particular about quality of springs. He loves the hot springs flowing from the source, the hot water with a presence, and the rustic atmosphere.
Kita-san
Kita-san
He doesn't care much about quality of hot springs. He loves the open-air bath, and prefers hot springs that have visible features such as good views.

It's Autumn. The Autumn Leaves Front is moving south smoothly. When the Kanto Region is about to reach its peak, Nishi-san and Kita-san have been visiting to Ikaho Onsen. The last time they came to Ikaho Onsen was in summer, so this time they're planning to enjoy hot springs plus autumn leaves. They head to Kajika Bridge as soon as arriving at Ikaho Onsen.

Oh, yeah, I remenber now. Ikaho Onsen was such a place.

How many years ago? It was hot before, but today's cool. Autumn leaves also look like just the right time.

This road is leading to Ikaho Open-air Bath. Kajika Bridge is on this road?

Hey, you remember well. Probably, it's about to be seen.

Autumn leaves around Kajika Bridge, Ikaho Onsen

Autumn leaves around Kajika Bridge

Oh, that's it! How beautiful!

Great! That's famous place of autumn leaves!

Nishi-san and Kita-san, who enjoyed the autumn leaves around Kajika Bridge, went to Ikaho Open-air Bath. According to Nishi-san, "If you're in Ikaho Onsen, Ikaho Open-air Bath is a must." They spended a relaxing time in Ikaho Open-air Bath after a long absence. (For the travel Journal of Ikaho Open-air Bath, go to the Ikaho Open-air Bath.)

The area around Kajika Bridge is famous for autumn leaves. It's beautiful the combination of vermilion handrail and autumn leaves.

Stone Steps Street, Ikaho Onsen

Stone Steps Street

After that, the two behaved like tourists for a while, hanging out on the Stone Steps Street and eating the famous "Ishidan Tama-Konjac". The time was about 3 o'clock.

It's almost 3 o'clock. Why don't you go to Yokotekan?

OK. To go to it, I'm sure, turn round this road and ...

Yeah, here it is ... Oh, the lights are coming on. It's getting more and more tasteful.

Yokotekan exterior, Ikaho Onsen

Exterior (Entrance)

This building is wooden, isn't it. Four-story? Anyway, it looks like Instagenic. Especially this entrance!

You can say it again. It's Taisho era architecture. In short, a building that has long history will be interesting.

After the reception, go into the hall. The bathing room is located on the east wing of the main building (left side when viewed from the front of the building).

"Ishidan Tama-Konjac" is the signature food of "Yorozuya". (It's opposite "Ishidannoyu".)

Yokotekan day trip bathing starts at 3:00 pm.

The inside is pretty new .... Oh! this staircase! That's nice!

Yokotekan stair hall light, Ikaho Onsen

Stair hall light

Wow! It's photogenic!

It has been renewed neatly, but it still has a retro feel. This corridor looks new, but its basic structure has not changed, maybe.

Yokotekan corridor, Ikaho Onsen

Corridor

It's like that. This break room is absolutely Japanese-style.

If it was in the Taisho era, it would have been 100 years already. It must be a mansion at the time, wasn't it?

I think so. It's so valuable because still there.

The bath is at the back of the corridor. It is a quaint bath named "Gekkonoyu" (means "Hot water of moonlight").

The east wing of the main building of the Yokotekan was renewed in 2010.

Yokotekan bathtub, Ikaho Onsen

Bathtub

Oh, what a nice atmosphere! bathtub is bigger than I thought.

It's retro-like and quite the character. The hot water is old-fashioned Ikaho Onsen water.

It's the same as Ikaho Open-air Bath we just went. Is it ocher or a bit green?

In short, when water has iron, and fresh, it would be greenish. So this water is quite fresh, I think. It has run from distance, and been stirred, so feels soft.

For sure, It smells like iron.

No staying guest have come yet now. So It's like a private bath, isn't it?. The advantage of day trip bathing is that you can enjoy new water.

I got it. Day trip bathing is so good value, you know.

Yokotekan exterior in the twilight, Ikaho Onsen

Exterior in the twilight

Nishi-san and Kita-san enjoyed "Koganenoyu" typical of Ikaho Onsen and the Taisho Retro Yokotekan. The next time they headed for the ryokan "Kokuya" to enjoy a day-trip hot spring near the evening. (→ Continue to Ikaho Onsen Kokuya)

(November 2019)

Ikaho Onsen's Koganenoyu is centrally managed, and only nine ryokan can be drawn directly from its source. (For details, see Ikaho Onsen Komaguchi Rights Holders Association.)

Impression & rating

The hot water is stirred while being transported over a long distance, so it feels that calmed down. The building has a wonderful atmosphere.

3.0 pt

Impression & rating

It's a shame that there is no open-air bath and it lacks a sense of openness. But the retro feel of the whole building is good.

2.0 pt

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The Onsen facility

Address
11, Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa City, Gunma Pref.
Phone
domestic: 0279-72-3244
international: +81-279-72-3244
Website
Yokotekan
Day trip bathing hours
15:00 - 19:00
Regular holiday
Irregular holidays (Inquiry required)
Charge
Adult: ¥ 1,150 / 5 years old - Elementary school student: ¥ 770 / under 5 years old: free
Private bath: the above plus ¥ 2,200 / 50 min
Baths
Gender-separated indoor bath, Mixed bathing private bath
Facilities
No lockers at the undressing room (Leave your valuables at the reception desk)

The hot spring data
(from hot spring analysis report etc.)

(Survey date: May 9, 2017)

Spring quality
Calcium / Sodium - Sulfate / Hydrogen carbonate / Chloride spring (Hypotonic Neutral Hot spring)
Source name
Comprehensive hot water
Source
585, Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa City, Gunma Pref.
Temperature
41.2 ℃ (106.2 ℉)
[air temperature 15 ℃ (59 ℉)]
Volume
4,627 L / min
pH value
6.4
Total ingredients
1.36 g / kg
Perception
Colorless and transparent, slightly brown floating
(24 hours after collection)
Colorless and transparent, brownish precipitate

Today's Ekiben

Chicken Bento
The appearance of Chicken Bento The whole of Chicken Bento

Chicken Bento

(Purchased at Takasaki Station)

One of the typical Ekiben by "Takaben" (Ekiben maker in Takasaki) would be "Chicken Bento". Its sales have started in 1934. It's definitely a longtime best seller. A lot of chicken cooked in various ways are packed in this Bento. There is not much weirdness, so it feels standard but no failure.

« contents »
Tea rice, Flavored ground chicken, Teriyaki chicken, Maitake mushrooms chicken dumpling, Grilled chicken, Simmered konjac, Japanese plum pickles, Wasabi flavored pickles, Sweet chestnut, Seaweed

(¥ 1,000) ( Takaben)

  • The descriptions on this page contain personal opinions and are not necessarily objective facts.
  • The information may have changed at present. In particular, the charge and price etc. has often not updated from the time of travel, so check the latest information on the official website.

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