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Ikaho is famous for these Stone Steps (Ishidan) which is the town's main drag. This is near the foot of the steps.
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Along the way is this hot spring public bath called Ishidan-no-Yu. For people who are not staying in any of the inns, they can still dip into Ikaho's hot spring waters for cheap.
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The Stone Steps continue.
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In Aug. 2004, along with other major onsen hot springs, Ikaho got caught in a major onsen scandal which started in Shirahone Onsen in Nagano. Onsen managers mixed in tap water and/or bath salts into the water and billed it as natural hot spring waters.
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Some of Ikaho's major hot spring inns were also found to be adding bath salts or tap water to the hot spring water. Today, all onsen inns must display a certificate indicating the content of their water.
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See this article about the scandal.
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Foot bath
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Near the top of the Stone Steps.
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View of Ikaho from Machi-no-Eki, an exhibition room and ropeway station. Ikaho's first Hawaiian Festival was held here.
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Inside Machi-no-Eki are displays of art work by local students.
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Ropeway to Mt. Uenoyama, a mountain on whose slopes Ikaho sits.
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Map of Mt. Uenoyama.
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Lookout deck on Mt. Uenoyama.
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View of Ikaho from Mt. Uenoyama.
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View of Ikaho from Mt. Uenoyama.
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Mt. Uenoyama also has recreational facilities.
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Museum near the foot of the Stone Steps.
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Signs in Ikaho are also in English.
 
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