Japan’s 100 year old culture still alive in a small hot spring town: Ikaho Onsen – The Foreigners magazine In tokyo
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Japan’s 100 year old culture still alive in a small hot spring town: Ikaho Onsen

Written by on August 29, 2021


Taisho Era is Japan’s Romantic period between 1912-1926. During this time, Japan’s culture thrived with so many novelists, artists, and architecture was born.

It is still considered one of the most artistic era in Japan. We can hardly see any trace of that time, but we have found some trace of it in one of the most unexpected place: Ikaho Onsen.

Being one of the oldest but famous hot spring town in the mountains of Gunma, we have found quite some trace of this 100 year old culture and building remaining! Since most of the Taisho era buildings in Tokyo and other places destroyed by war, it was quite a surprise for us to find some of them remaining in such a small town.

Here we were able to find many people talking about Ikaho, and the beauty of this city while most of them do not really know so much about the Taisho era buildings!

It is a great place for a 1 or 2 day trip out of Tokyo in an Onsen Town mainly for the locals, but not so much famous for its history. We will look into any traces here for a hint of why Taisho is still alive in this small town









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