Superior Hot Springs in Kurokawa Onsen Town, Kumamoto
Konnichiwa! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty! Lemme show you around Kurokawa Onsen Town this time.
Kurokawa Onsen Town
It is a small onsen town in Northern Kumamoto Prefecture. It would be nice to drive through Mt. Aso then down to Kurokawa like we did.
Note: Pics in this post were taken in 2014.
Walk in Kurokawa
Let’s walk around Kurokawa, shall we? Kurokawa Onsen town is small (meaning onsen places are all within walking distance) and secluded (surrounded by nature). One good thing about this town is you can experience different kinds of onsen, in terms of color from milky to golden one, in health benefits, indoor and outdoor, etc. Isn’t that amazing? It’s an onsen paradise.
Like other onsen areas, you can avail their tegata (pass made of wood that you can keep as memorabilia) to enjoy onsen-hopping in a discounted price. You can get it at the tourist information center.
Shinmeikan: Cave Onsen
Shinmeikan is the first Onsen we tried in Kurokawa. What a nice entrance, but onsen was quite wild! It was like a maze really. I swam down to the end and to another end…quite fun. Hehe. Figured it was quite steamy in there. I had a hard time changing clothes. Better be careful especially if you wear glasses.
Admission: 500 yen
Sanga: Outdoor Onsen
Sanga Onsen is the second place we had (in the morning). I learned that getting into onsen in the damn freezing morning is the best damn thing! Sooooooooo nice. Didn’t wanna get out.
Admission: 500 yen
If you plan to stay over in Kurokawa, I suppose you should reserve a room before hand. There are many ryokan, traditional hotels, but there isn’t any business hotels.
How do you find it? It’s a little hard to access but remember, the further you go, the better onsen we get! Totally worth a visit.
See you around!