The traditional onsen town of Ikaho centers on a picturesque stone stairway. Small shops, restaurants, and ryokan inns cluster around the steps, creating a cozy atmosphere. Beyond the baths, attractions in Ikaho include shrines, museums, and shops selling onsen manju—a steamed bun filled with red bean paste that the town claims originated here.
Ikaho has a long history, which can be traced back to around 759 CE, when it was mentioned in the Manyoshu, Japan's oldest surviving collection of poems.
The town is known for having two types of onsen water: Kogane no Yu ("golden water"), where high iron content gives the water a brownish-red hue, and Shirogane no Yu ("silver water"), which comes from a newly discovered spring. Nearby, hike Mt. Haruna or go boating at its crater lake, Lake Haruna.