Kumamoto(熊本) Kurokawa Onsen (黒川温泉) Uncategorized

Best way to Travel Kumamoto〜Kurokawa (Most Beautiful Hot Spring)

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

Kurokawa Onsen

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 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.

How to get in: Public Transport

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

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There is only “Kyushu Odan Bus (九州横断バス)” that connect to Kurokawa. You can ride the bus from Kumamoto Sta. The one way trip between Kumamoto Sta. to Kurokawa Bus Stand, it takes around 3 hours (cost 2500 Yen) in the lap of nature. For more details about booking click here

Kumamoto-Kurokawa stop

Here is the time-table:

The Kyushu Odan Bus depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Kotsu Center, Kumamoto Airport, Aso Sta. . Here is a list of Bus-stop & for more details click here

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Station

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Sakuramachi But Terminal

⇨ Depart from Aso Kumamoto Airport

IMG_1156There is a break time @ Aso Sta. (阿蘇駅). You can refresh, buy some sweets and explore the beauty of nature.

⇨ Arrive @ Kurokawa Hot Spring


Here is a list 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


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. For more details, reservation click here

Yamanoyado Shinmeikan

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. For more details, reservation click here

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. For more details, reservation click here


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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. For more details, reservation click here

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:

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 Listimage (12).png

Kurokawa Hot spring category:

The are following materials found in hot spring water. So, choose hot spring which suits you most. For more details click here

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Yukata Rental:

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

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Kurokawa is a treasure 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 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? Then I would recommend you to take a Onsen-Hopping Pass @1300 Yen.

Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Yufuin and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!

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