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Shibukawa city is located near the center of Gumma prefecture, and is about 120km away from Tokyo. Once flourishing as a post town, Shibukawa city has played its function as a juncture between Maebashi city and Numata city, and as an entrance to famous hot spa areas including Kusatsu onsen, Ikaho onsen and Shima onsen.

History
April 1, 1954: Shibukawa city was established as a city
1984: Declared gCenter of Japan  Navel Townh
1996: Entered into Friendship City relations with Logan city, Australia
1999: Held All Japan Navel Summit
2000: Entered into Sister City relations with Foligno city, gNavel of Italyh
Feb. 20, 2006: Todayfs Shibukawa city was established after incorporation of Old Shibukawa city, Ikaho town, Onogami village, Komochi village, Akagi village and Kita-tachibana village.

Main Industries
Ikaho area, having Ikaho hot spa, is famous for tourism industry, and Mizusawa udon. Komochi area is famous for Konnyaku (konjac).

Events and Festivals
Ikaho Ishidan Hinamatsuri (Ikaho Doll on Stone Step Festival)
Ajisai Matsuri (Hydrangea Festival)
Navel Festival (Fourth Friday and Saturday of July)
Shibukawa Dashi Matsuri (Shibukawa Float Festival) (mid-August, every other year)
Miyukida Soba Festival
Ikaho Festival (September 18 to 20, every year)
Kamimiharada Kabuki