Kurokawa Onsen hot springs is one of Japan’s most beautiful hot spring towns, located in the middle of Kyushu about 20 kilometers north of Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture. The town has worked to preserve and maintain a pleasant, traditional atmosphere which has kept Kurokawa free of the generic concrete hotels, neon signs, pachinko parlours, and other eye-sores found in other many of the other resort towns throughout Japan.
Kurokawa Onsen (黒川温泉) is situated at an altitude of 700 metres, where inns are found standing alongside the River Tanohara, a tributary of River Chikugo. A therapeutic and relaxing atmosphere can be found here. The popular Kurokawa Onsen Hopping Pass ‘Nyuto Tegata’, which is made of branded thin Oguni cedar wood which makes a great souvenir for your visit, is an entrance pass for 3 different open-air hot springs at the inns. The ticket is valid for 6 months and is a deal at 1,300 yen.
At the Igoita Zizo hot Spring, cooking rather than bathing, are done. Photo by Norio.NAKAYAMA Attribution-ShareAlike License The local people use the hot water to boil vegetables and eggs, and drink from the hot spring. There is a public bathhouse “Zizo Yu (bath)” at the bottom of the road, which is known as the original hot spring and it is said that a hot spring erupted there according to the Neck-less Zizo legend. It has been used by the local people since ancient times.
Kurokawa Onsen Hot Springs website: http://www.kurokawaonsen.or.jp/eng_new/
Hotels and Ryokans in Kurokawa Onsen can be found at Japanesesearch.
- About 40 minutes by car or bus from the JR Hohi Line Aso Station to Oguni
- About 90 minutes by bus from the JR Kyudai Main Line Hita Station to Oguni
- After exiting at Kuju Exit of the Oita Expressway, about 30 minutes driving to Route 442 via Route 387
- After exiting at Kumamoto Exit of the Kyushu Expressway, about 80 minutes driving to Route 442 via Route 57 and Route 212