Kumamoto(熊本)

Best way to travel Kumamoto-Kurokawa

Kurokawa - Most Beautiful Hot Spring

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

The best thing of Kurokawa Hot Spring water is its constant temperature between 40°C – 42°C in all weather conditions which is comfortable for bating as well as ideal for relaxing, soaking tired muscles, pampering the skin, even some hot springs are believed to be helpful in treating skin illness as it contains Mildly Acidic (PH3-6), Mildly alkaline (PH 7.5-8.5) more…

If you are in Kumamoto 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 Kumamoto.

Hot-springs

Open-air  bath

Cave-bath

Japanese Meal

Soba: rice-noodle

Sushi, Sasami

It’s fun if you wear traditional garment “Yukata” and walk around the city.

How to get in: Public Transport

There are various ways to visit Kurokawa Onsen from Kyushu but the best as well as nearest is from Kumamoto as you can see in below map.

Express Bus: Time-table

There is only “Kyushu Odan Bus (九州横断バス)” that connects to Kurokawa. You can ride the bus from Kumamoto Sta. The one-way trip between Kumamoto Sta. to Kurokawa Bus Stand takes around 3 hours (cost 2500 Yen) in the lap of nature. 

Bus Route-Stops :

The Kyushu Odan Bus depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Sakuramachi BT, Kumamoto Airport, Aso Sta.

  • Depart from Kumamoto Sta. 
  • Depart from Kumamoto Sakuramachi BT 
  • Depart from Aso Kumamoto Airport
  • Arrive @ Kurokawa 

There is a break time @ Aso Sta. (阿蘇駅). You can refresh, buy some sweets and explore the beauty of nature.

Bus Fare:

  • Kumamoto Sta. – Kurokawa : 2,500 Yen / Person 
  • Aso Kumamoto Airport – Kurokawa : 2,000 Yen / Person 
  • Aso Sta. – Kurokawa : 1,200 Yen / Person

List of best Hot-Springs:

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

Ryokan Konoyu:

What an amazing view of Mt. Aso! Writing a blog or chatting with your friends while relaxing in Hot-spring is an experience not to be missed. It has 2 Kinds of open-air Spa Baths. It has high quality spa water which contains a pH of 7.5〜8.5, suitable for all skin types so, gentle for children and elderly. More details regarding reservation Click..

Amazing view of Mt. Aso!
Amazing view of Mt. Aso!

Yamanoyado Shinmeikan:

It is famous for its “Cave Bath” as you can see in the picture it gives you an unforgettable hot-spa experience. These hot springs are both saline & Sulphurous which help the skin to retain moisture and refresh you. More details, regarding reservation Click..

Cave bath

Ikoi Ryokan:

It has large outdoor bath with variety of specific baths and indoor bath too. As you can see in the picture, traditional Japanese styled bath with greenery of nature. Even the water contains pH3〜pH6 suitable for all kinds of skin. So, spend here an unforgettable relaxing time with your hubbies. Also, this is one of the nearest hot springs from the Kurokawa Bus Stand. More details, reservation Click..

Ikoi Ryokan Hot-spring

Yamamizuki:

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

Yamamizuki Hot-spring
There are many other hot-springs in this area. For more details visit Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan List

General Information:

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

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) ” is enough for any 3 different hot-spring from Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan List.

Onsen Hopping Pass

Kurokawa Hot spring category:

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

Kurokawa Hot spring category

Yukata Rental:

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

Yukata Rental

Eat:

Kurokawa is a treasure house of foods and specially known for Soba (rice noodle), Beef, Basasi (horse) and Sweets. If you want to have lunch and the hot spring view of Mt. Aso then, you must go to Iromomiji Soba Restaurant (彩もみぢ)

Soba meal @ Iromomiji Restaurant

Summary:

If you are in Japan and tired with your daily life, then you must visit Kurokawa Onsen “Most attractive hot springs”. It’s worthy to stay there 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, then I would recommend you to take a Onsen-Hopping Pass @1300 Yen.

But it is worthy 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 Kumamoto to Kurokawa and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!

Link & Resources:

Kyushu Bus Booking

Online booking site of express/highway/night buses

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