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) is located in Kumamoto Kyushu Island and close to Mt. Aso. It is one of the 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 40°C – 42°C in any weather condition. That’s 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 as 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 runs 4 times on a 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 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 a 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 would recommend you personally.

Ryokan Konoyu:

Amazing view of Mt. Aso!

Amazing view of Mt. Aso!

What an amazing view of Mt. Aso! Writing a blog or chating with your friends while relaxing in Hot-spring is one of the best experience. It has 2 Kinds of open-air Spa Baths. It has high quality spa water having pH7.5〜8.5, 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 in the picture, it will give 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, reservation Click.

Ikoi Ryokan:

Ikoi Ryokan

It has large outdoor bath with variety of baths and an indoor bath too. You can see in the picture, a traditional Japanese style bath with greenery of 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

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, private baths. The water contains pH3〜pH6 suitable for all kinds of skin and helps muscle pains as well as relieve insomnia. More details, reservation Click.

There are many other hot-springs. 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

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

Kurokawa Hot spring category:

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

Yukata Rental:

Yukata on Rental

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


Kurokawa Onsen food

Kurokawa is a treasure house of foods and is specially known for Soba (rice noodle), Beef, Basasi (horse) and Sweets. Many restaurants and resorts offers eggs, corn and more which are cooked in hot-spring. 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)


If you are in Japan and tired with your daily life, then you must visit Kurokawa Onsen “Most attractive hot springs”. It’s worthwhile 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? Try Ikoi Ryoukan.

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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