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Ikaho Ropeway

Coordinates: 36°29′5.17″N 138°55′09.71″E / 36.4847694°N 138.9193639°E / 36.4847694; 138.9193639
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Ikaho Ropeway
Hototogisu Station (base station)
LocationShibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
TerminiIkahomachi, Shibukawa
Summit of Mount Monokiki, Shibukawa
No. of stations2
OwnerCity of Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
OperatorCity of Shibukawa
Technical features
Aerial lift typeAerial tramway
Line length0.499 km (0.310 mi)
Notes182 m (597 ft)
Electric motor

36°29′5.17″N 138°55′09.71″E / 36.4847694°N 138.9193639°E / 36.4847694; 138.9193639

Miharashi Station (summit)
Michi no Eki Furusato Kōtsūkan visitor center adjacent to Hototogisu Station

The Ikaho Ropeway (伊香保ロープウェイ, Ikaho Rōpuwei) is a Japanese aerial lift line in Shibukawa, Gunma. The ropeway connects the onsen group of the Shibukawa Ikahomachi district to the summit of Mount Monokiki and the park facilities of Mount Kaminoyama.[1]


The Ikaho Ropeway is owned and operated by City of Shibukawa. The ropeway operates between 8:40 am and 5:15 pm, and runs every day of the year, with the exception of maintenance and inspection days.[2][3]

Basic data[edit]

  • System: Aerial tramway, 3 cables
  • Cable length: 499 m (1,637 ft)
  • Vertical interval: 182 m (597 ft)
  • Passenger capacity per cabin: officially listed as 21 passengers,[2] frequently listed as 20 passengers[3]
  • Stations: 2
  • Frequency: Every ten minutes (8:40 am - 10 am), every 15 minutes (10 am - 5:15 pm)
  • Final ascent: 5 pm, final descent: 5:15 pm
  • Time required for single ride: 4 minutes[2]
  • Address (base station): 588-2 Ikahochō, Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture 〒377-0102


Base station[edit]

  • Hototogisu Station (不如帰駅, Hototogisu-eki). Base station. The first floor of the station serves a tourism information center, and the ropeway begins on the fourth floor.[3] A visitor center, Michi no Eki Furusato Kōtsūkan, is adjacent to Hototogisu Station and sells vegetables and locally made soba buckwheat noodles, a noted product of the Shibukawa area.[1] The station is named after the lesser cuckoo, which appears frequently in classical Japanese poems, prose, and visual works, notably the Pillow Book (1102 AD) of Sei Shonagon.

Summit station[edit]

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