Kurokawa Onsen Town has been awarded two stars by Michelin Green Guide Japan in 2009. How about spending comfort time in outside baths there? In this article, I will provide information on Nyuyoku-tegata (Onsen pass) system, the unique “face bath” and Ikoi-ryokan Japanese inn, which appeared on a Japanese famous TV show. The local and fresh cuisines served in an old-style dining hall with a fireplace are superb. You will have relaxing time here till late in the night.
The Secret of Popularity: Retro Onsen Town
Kurokawa Onsen Town is in Minami-oguni Town, Aso Country. The country is located north in Mt. Aso. This area is known for its large caldera. Kurokawa Onsen Town couldn"t have been developed without great efforts of Tetsuya Goto, the CEO of Shinmei-kan inn. He is one of the 100 sightseeing charisma. Thanks to his advice to combine this town with the nature surrounding, this famous place was born!
Kurokawa Onsen’s special: Onsen Pass for a Town Walk
With Onsen Pass, you can take any outside bathes in Kurokawa Onsen Town! This 1,200 yen pass works for 3 outside bathes at your choice from 24 bathes in the town. Available at inns and “Kaze no ya” shop in the town. With this pass you can spend less than usual as 500 yen is usually required for per bath. It comes with 3 seals on the back. Bath staff removes one and press a stamp each time you take one bath. The pass is valid for half a year. If you are looking for large outside bathes, try Yukoku-no-yu and Mori-no-yu at Yamamizuki inn, Sennin-buro (large) at Yamabiko Inn, and Byobu-iwa Stoned Outside Bath at Kurokawa-so inn etc. After you take three bathes, it can be used as a coaster or dedicated to Jizo-do small shrine.
Walk Thorugh Kurokawa Onsen in Japanese Yukata! Also Try "Face Bath" for Free.
Marusuzubashi bridge is a popular spot for photo shooting. From there you can watch the fantastic scenery of beautiful seasonal trees and Fujiya inn combined together. Kawabata-dori is a good place to enjoy shopping. At Shiratamakko restaurant, you will enjoy Japanese Maccha and Mochi (rice cake) treats. Also other restaurants and many shops are available along the street.
At the left side of Jizo-do small shrine, here it is — the “face bath”! The bath is located in front of Fumoto inn. The steam coming out will heal the skin on your face. You’ll also find cute hand drawn letters on it. After trying the face bath, you may want to visit other bottle shops and candy shops on Igo-zaka-dori, just right side of the face bath. All shops are full of Kurokawa Onsen’s special atomosphere!
You’ll Come Again. Ikoi-ryokan Inn with Warm Services
If you are planning to stay in Kurokawa Onsen, Ikoi-ryokan inn is my strong recommendation!
This inn has an amazing atmosphere with an old fashioned fireplace and a foot bath in an open space. At the entrance, you will notice good smell of boiled eggs. They cook eggs in Onsen hot water. The interior is wooden. You can enjoy taking many bathes without leaving here as it has 13 different kinds of bathes including ones for rent. It heals wounds, nerve pains, rheumatism, nervous breakdown and hysteria because the hot water is sulfurated hydrogen including sulfur, alum and salt. In Kurokawa Onsen, there is an interesting bath for standing. The bath is introduced as the deepest outside bath in Japan on a Japanese TV show. You can dump into the 1.5 meters (4.9 ft.) depth bath holding two bamboo sticks. It’s a unique experience to take a bath floating on those sticks.
Comfortable Night Time! Relaxation by an Open Air Fire Place
Your dinner in Ikoi-ryokan inn is served in a style of Japanese cuisine. Horse Sashimi is one example. Choose from 3 main dishes like Aso Akaushi beef and Oaso Akadori chicken. These local dishes promise you will be satisfied!!
Their services are detailed. You can serve Oden (simmered meet and vegetables) by yourself so you can eat what you like. They also serve Zenzai (Japanese treat with rice cake and sugared beans) in the night. The fire place is highly-recommended too. You can stay here till late in the night to enjoy chatting with other tourists. Take quiet and comfortable time here before you go to sleep. In your room, You’ll find a cute Japanese-style teapot. They sell this as many customers wanted to bring it back with them. You can find the teapot available at the inn’s shop. Also the shop has special cosmetics hinted by this inn’s hot spring Bijin-no-yu (Onsen of beauties).
Why not go and enjoy experiencing the unique outside Onsens in fresh air? Take relaxing time in Onsens located in the middle of the nature, and your holiday at Kurokawa Onsen Town will be unforgettable!
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