Kurokawa Onsen
Kurokawa Onsen
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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swisstraveller
Berne666 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
We spent 2 nights here in March and absolutely loved it. Its a small and peaceful village, surrounded by beautiful nature. I would definitely splurge a little bit and stay at a traditional Ryokan with indoor and outdoor onsen (and maybe even with a private onsen), which serves halfboard and great Kaiseki meals.

There is not much to do, besides enjoying the onsen, walking around and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. Its best to come with enough cash, as there are no ATM's in Kurakowa Onsen.
Written 30 March 2023
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Quzc0
Malaysia160 contributions
Feb 2023
Took the highway bus from Fukuoka to Kurokawa Onsen. The journey took approximately 2.5 hours, and the fare is a little expensive (3,110 yen one way). Spent a night in one of the ryokan. The town is small but very pretty. Great for photographs, especially during winter with snow. The onsen at the ryokan are good (private and public).
Written 7 February 2023
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GIT
Melbourne, Australia464 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you are city folks and looking for a quiet getaway, this is the place. However, if you are the sort of person who likes concrete buildings, shopping malls, fancy restaurants, michelin star meals - this is not the place for you. The people that come to this town are outdoor lovers, and they enjoy outdoor Onsens. Most onsens here are open air baths and this place is lined with quaint ryokans. So, you have to like all these in order to spend a few quiet days here.
All in all, I rate this place average as Compared to Kinosaki Onsen, Kaga Onsen in Honshu, and Josankei in Hokkaido, as this place is a bit rural for me.
Written 22 January 2020
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Emily_G_Scott
Sydney, Australia380 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Came here on the way from Beppu to Kumamoto. Tried the onsen but the facility is so bare minimum.

Indoor onsen is a small rectangle shape onsen. Water is average, can’t feel any difference from normal water.

Outdoor onsen is against a rock wall formation, water is nice and soft.

There’s just a handful cubicle for bathing, so I can’t see how it can advertise to fit around 30 people and this is one of the larger facility here.

I can stay a bit longer if there’s drinking water provided like most hotels in Gero, Sapporo and Kinosaki.

Other than shampoo, conditioner and bath soap provided, with the price of 780 Yen per pax, you have to bring everything yourself.

The small onsen town has very little to offer in terms of eatery and shopping. The walking strip is shared with vehicles so it can be dangerous walking around. If you are not keen on climbing hills, walking here can be challenging because there’s plenty of uphill and windy path.

Now that I’ve been here, that’s one tick in the list of onsen town in Japan.
Written 21 January 2020
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Orchid_fever
Asia70 contributions
Dec 2019
Not sure if it is worth the visit. We spent two days here and enjoyed the drive here more than the stay.
Written 1 December 2019
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Travelwithliz
Singapore1,677 contributions
Nov 2019
A very charming onsen town albeit a little touristy. This is the place you can walk around in your yukata. For ¥1300 you can get an onsen pass to visit three onsens among the twenty over onsens in the town. The town is very compact and walkable within a short time. Many nice little shops,cafes and restaurants. Like most onsen town in Japan,shops will be closed after 5pm so it’s advisable to have your meals at the ryokan.
Written 12 November 2019
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epicure49
Brighton, UK543 contributions
Oct 2019
This is an intriguing and wonderful place... maybe a bit touristy... but well worth the visit. Its streets and alleyways are lined with beautiful old buildings and a myriad of eateries and places of distraction. The town boasts a huge number of onsens... of which we rated the out-of-town Yamamizuki best of the ones we tried (see separate review). It was late afternoon when we sought out a great little place for some delicious beef yakitori before our early evening bathing (5-5.30pm)... the perfect time to do it, as it just before closing and the warm and skin-softening waters help ensure a great night's sleep.
Written 5 November 2019
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Hugo1302
Brussels, Belgium84 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We stayed 2 nights in this village full of ryokan with their own infrastructure linked to the hot springs water. You can go to any hotel with à pass and it allows you to try different ryokan baths
Written 10 August 2019
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Hwee Sian L
25 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We took a highway bus (2 & half hours) from Kumamoto Bus Terminal. We booked the seats online in Singapore through the Japan BusOnline portal. Remember to bring a copy of your bus e-ticket. Yoy can also get the bus ticket at the bus tetminal at least one day before departure during office hours.

We spent 2 days at Kurokawa to do the walking routes. All routes are about 4 km return. Route 1 is the easiest & you get to enjoy streams, brooks & forest scenery. Route 1 has some slight inclines but not difficult. Very scenic mountain views. On a clear day, you can see Mt Aso. Route 2 was closed during our time of visit.

Most people go to Kurokawa to do onsen hopping. You can get the pass at the Information Centre for 1300 yen & choose 3 onsens from a selection of 20 plus onsens to enjoy. Do note that the onsens are spread out so you need to do a fair bit of walking to onsen hop. We did not buy the pass as we're happy just using the onsen at our ryokan Ichinoi. When we were walking route 1, we stopped over at Yamamizuki Onsen for a quick dip to refresh ourselves. It has lovely riverside open baths. Entrance fee was 600 yen. Bring your own towel or pay 300 yen for one at the counter. There is a free shuttle back to village centre every 30 mins.

The village comes alive with day trippers from Fukuoka, Yufuin & other cities in the late morning. There is a small street to browse the little shops & have lunch.

If you are staying overnight, best to have meal plans with your ryokan as all the shops & eateries close at around 5 pm.
Written 24 April 2019
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AHK2960
Singapore, Singapore167 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We cancel our stay in kurokawa as I felt the price too expensive, it's sgd500 without meal, we spend less than 30 mins to drive around but hardly see any restaurant for lunch, during winter we can't soak much in Onsen to prevent winter rash, so there's really nothing to do in this area.
Written 11 February 2019
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