Kurokawa Onsen Hot Springs Resort located in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture. There are various spring quality hot spring, and it is a place that has earned two stars as a hot spring resort in “Michelin Green Guide Japon”.
Kurokawa Onsen is a hot spring resort with 30 hotels in Minami Oguni Town, Kumamoto Prefecture. The building is a city with a feeling of unity and a harmonious appearance, and is a hot spring resort visited by many tourists. Because it is compact, one of the features is that it is easy to take a walk. You can also enjoy eating and walking.
The attraction of Kurokawa Onsen is not only the atmosphere of the cityscape, but also the one-day hot spring is wonderful. Even if you do not stay at the hotel, you can choose your favorite hot spring up to three if you buy the “Onsen-Hopping Pass”. There are several tourist attractions in the area, so you can enjoy day trips. If you enjoy a hot spring on a day trip, you can go directly to the inn, but first of all, it is recommended to buy the Onsen-Hopping Pass. The tag made of wood is cute. Onsen-Hopping Pass can be purchased for each inn / inn association for 1300 yen.
You can choose 3 hot springs from 24 places. If you show a pass at each hot spring, you will get a stamp on the back. Also, if you conquer all 24 places, you will be given the title “Master of Onsen-Hopping” and the name will be posted on the Ryokan Association Kazenoya. It seems that you can get souvenirs and lodging assistance tickets.
The spring quality of Kurokawa Onsen is a sulfur spring. The open-air bath is an open space where you can enjoy relaxing time. One of the best ways to enjoy a hot spring is to enjoy a different bath, depending on the accommodation.
One day hot spring is good, but you will want to stay overnight. There are many nice ryokans in Kurokawa Onsen where you can feel the taste of Japanese. Each ryokan offers yukata, and some rooms have a hot spring, so there are lots of fun.
There are plenty of choices, such as hotels with outbuilding, hotels with reserved baths, and hotels where you can stay with pets. In order to spend leisurely, after all it is best to relax at the inn.
Kurokawa is located in the northern part in Kumamoto Prefecture, and the east side is the border with Oita Prefecture. It is a small hot-springs resort of in the mountains which can go in about 2.5 hours from Kumamoto city by car, and 2 hours from Fukuoka city. The hot spring resort which is full of tastefully air being covered with trees, such as a bamboo, a Japanese oak is formed in along the clear stream of Tanoharugawa river, and it is dotted with about 30 hot spring hotels.
Many hotels are pumping up the hot spring from a few hundred meters of underground using power.
The temperature of the hot springs is about 50 ℃ to 80 ℃. There are many hot springs of a higher temperature and hot water quantity is also abundant.
Moreover, there are two public bathhouses in the hot spring resort.
Mainly, the hot-spring quality of the Kurokawa is three kinds, simple hot spring, a sulfuric acid salt spring and a simple sulfur spring. The main ingredient is various and also different in ph value respectively by each hotel’s hot-spring quality. It is also one of the reasons that many of each hotels have the private fountainhead not sharing the one of it between two or more hotels.
Let’s use a Onsen-Hopping Pass, in order to enjoy the Kurokawa hot spring fully. For 1,300 yen per one pass, you can bathe three places of an outdoor hotspring bath in the Kurokawa hot spring where about 30 houses are here. When everything can’t be used at a time, there is an expiration date for 6 months, so it’s possible to visit and use once again.
“Yu-Akari” (the light of hot water) of Kurokawa Onsen is an illuminations event in winter. It carries out from the end of December to around the end of March every year. Lighting time is from sunset to 22:00.
The appearance with which illuminations begin to shine brightly as it becomes dark is just an unparalleled view. A bamboo pipe and a bamboo work are lit up by light, and “Yu – Akari” is more beautiful and brilliant. While it’s cold, it’s winter charming sights in the Kurokawa hot spring which is to the extent many people come to the sightseeing.
|Name:||Kurokawa Onsen Hot Spring|
|Address:||Asogun Minamiogunimachi, Kumamoto 869-2402 Japan|
|Access:||JR Hohi-honsen Line “Miyaji-eki Station” (40 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 967-44-0076 (Kurokawaonsen Tourism Cooperative Association)|
|Price:||1,300 yen (Onsen-Hopping Pass)|
*”Onsen-Hopping Pass” let you try 3 different outdoor baths.