Kurokawa Onsen (黒川温泉)

Best way to Travel Fukuoka-Kurokawa (Most Beautiful Hot Spring)

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Kurokawa Onsen (黒川温泉) t is located in Kumamoto Kyushu Island and close to Mt. Aso. It is one of Japan most magnificent natural Hot spring & resort, that attract not only Japanese but foreigner too!

The best thing of Kurokawa Hot Spring waters are cooled in-between 40°C – 42°C. That comfortable for bating as well as ideal for relaxing, soaking tired muscles, pampering the skin even some hot springs are said to help treat skin illness because it contains Mildly Acidic (PH3-6), Mildly alkaline (PH 7.5-8.5) more…

If you are in Fukuoka and planning to visit Kurokawa Onsen. Then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Kurokawa Onsen from Fukuoka.

Kurokawa onsen (outdoor bath)

Kurokawa onsen (outdoor bath)

How to get in: Public Transport

There is an Express bus, which run 4 times round trip everyday.

By Express Bus: Fukuoka Kurokawa Bus

Fukuoka Kurokawa Bus

Fukuoka Kurokawa Bus

There is only Fukuoka Kurokawa Bus (福岡黒川バス)” that connect to Kurokawa. You can ride the bus from Tenjin / Hakata. The one way trip between Fukuoka to Kurokawa, it takes around 3 hours (cost 3,090 Yen) in the lap of nature. More details about booking click here

Bus Time-table:

Fukuoka Kurokawa Bus Stop

Fukuoka Kurokawa Bus Stop

The Fukuoka Kurokawa Bus depart from Tenjin Fukuoka and goes via Hakata, Fukuoka Airport. Here is a list of Bus-stop.

⇨ Depart from Nishitetsu Tenjin Bus Cetner

⇨ Depart from Hakata Bus Terminal 

⇨ Depart from Fukuoka Airport

⇨ Arrive @ Kurokawa Bus Stop 

Kurokawa Bus Stop

Kurokawa Bus Stop

⇨ Arrive @ Kurokawa information center 

Kurokawa Information

Kurokawa Information

Bus Fare:

  • Fukuoka – Tsuetate Onsen: 2,620 Yen / Person
  • Fukuoka – Kurokawa: 3,090 Yen / Person

List of best Hot-Springs:

Kurokawa has variety of pools including an indoor bath, a wooden tub, a standing bath & outdoor bath with amazing view of Mt. Aso and nature. There are many but some of them I personally recommend you..

Ryokan Konoyu:

Amazing view of Mt. Aso!

Amazing view of Mt. Aso!

What a amazing view of Mt. Aso! And write a blog or chat with your friends while relaxing in Hot-spring. It has 2 Kinds of open-air Spa Baths. It has high quality spa water which contains Ph 7.5〜8.5, suitable for all skin types so, gentle for children and elderly. More details, reservation Click.

Yamanoyado Shinmeikan:

Cave bath

Cave bath

It is famous for its “Cave Bath” as you can see the picture that will give you an unforgettable hot-spa experience. This hot springs are both saline & sulphur which help the skin to retain moisture and refresh you. More details, reservation Click.

Ikoi Ryokan:

Ikoi Ryokan

It has large outdoor bath with variety of bath and indoor bath too. As you can see the picture, a traditional Japanese style with greenery nature. Even the water contains Ph3〜Ph6 suitable for all kind of skin. So, spend here an unforgettable relaxing time with your hubbies. Also, this is one of the nearest hot spring from the Kurokawa Bus Stand. More details, reservation Click.


Yamamizuki Onsen

One of the best riverside baths, which is located in the woods next to a picturesque mountain river. It has variety of outdoor, indoor, private baths. The water contains Ph3〜Ph6 suitable for all kind of skin and help muscle pains as well as relieve insomnia. More details, reservation Click.

There are many other hot-spring. For more details visit Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan List

General Information:

There are some other important information that help you when you visit for the first time to Kurokawa Onsen.

Onsen Hopping Pass

Onsen Hopping Pass

If you are going for the same day tour, or, just tired from daily life, then use this pass. This wooden “Onsen-Hopping Pass ( Nyuto Tegata 入湯手形) ” for any 3 different hot-spring from Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan List

Kurokawa Hot spring category:

The are following materials found in hot spring water. So, choose hot spring which suits you most. More details Click.

Yukata Rental:

Yukata on Rental

Must try “Yukata” and walk around the city. It makes you feel like Japanese and shoot some unforgettable memories.


Kurokawa Onsen food

Kurokawa is a treasure of foods and specially known for Soba (rice noodle), Beef, Basasi (horse) and Sweets. Many restaurants and resorts offers eggs, corn and more which cooked in hot-spring. If you want to have lunch and the hot spring view is Mt. Aso then, you must go to Iromomiji Soba Restaurant (彩もみぢ)


If you are in Japan and tired with your daily life, then you must visit Kurokawa Onsen “Most attractive hot springs”. It’s worth while to stay their at-least 1 night @ Ryokan (温泉). But, if you are going for the same day tour for Kurokawa Onsen, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do?

It is worth to buy a Onsen-Hopping Pass @1300 Yen.But, it is best to stay there for 1 night and enjoy the best Hot-spring of Japan with your hubbies. Hope it will help you in traveling from Fukuoka to Kurokawa and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!

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