In 2005, Isesaki merged with three other neighboring municipalities, namely, Akabori-machi, Azuma-mura of Sawa-gun, and Sakai-machi. Isesaki is one of the few municipalities in Gunma where it still has a future population growth potential. Isesaki ranks second, behind Ota, in the total amount of manufactured goods shipped as of September 2011. There are two large suburban shopping malls as well as two expressway exits.
Isesaki has two very well-known B-grade gourmet dishes. Yakimanju, or roasted bean-paste buns (can be served with or without sweet bean paste). Monjayaki, or monja for short, which is best described as a kind of pan-fried batter mixed with seafood or meat and finely chopped ingredients such as cabbage or corn. Isesaki is also a large producer of rice, vegetables, fruits, and flowers. You can get garden-fresh fruits and vegetables at one of the JA farmers' market in the city.
Isesaki's landmark Ferris wheel at Kezojo Park Amusement Park draws out-of-town visitors. There are many large parks in Isesaki where citizens enjoy barbecuing on weekends, such as Isesaki Shimin-no-mori Koen and Hashie-numa Kankyo Fureai Koen. Aikawa Archaeological Museum is the former residence of the Aikawa family who was a town official in the Edo Era (1603-1867). The main building, the storehouse, the tea ceremony house, all of which were built in the Edo Era, are now open to visitors.
International interchange activities
Isesaki has sister-city agreements with Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A. and MaAnshan of PRC. The Isesaki International Relations Association has been active in providing living information in foreign languages as well as organizing events like its international festivals, which marked its 12th year in 2011.