Onsen-hop #10 `Yamamizuki`

For this week`s report I decided to pop back to try the outdoor bath at a very popular inn `Yamamizuki` (山みず木 21 on the English Map) that I had previously visited the winter before last. At that time there was major construction work going on,with new accommodation going up on what had previously been rice paddies a little further down the river from the main Inn. This work is now complete and I`m happy to see that the improvements included a few signs here and there in Japanese,English and Korean!  On my previous visit several signs were old and faded in Japanese only,and I was handed a photocopy of a hand-drawn map to help find my way around the extensive bathing area.

 

New signs are  a great help.

New signs are a great help.

 

For day-trippers or onsen-hoppers the entrance to the baths between 8am and 6pm is actually through the Coffee Shop `Inoya`,where several rows of lockers,and also the toilets (I guess)  can be found. Pass through the  shop and follow the path to the right for women,left for men.

 

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Entrance to the bathing area is through the Coffee Shop `Inoya`.

 

The outdoor baths are  spacious and positioned directly on the riverbank,and visitors may also use the indoor baths,which are well-equipped with small shower `cubicles`,shampoo,conditioner and body soap.  Pretty sure the sign for the indoor bath was in Japanese only though,and it was quite a long walk,made clutching my towel very carefully.  Of course,no-one could see me,but  there were some workmen repairing a thatched roof very close by……. and I felt slightly exposed making the dash from outdoor to indoor bath along a garden path!

 

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Riverside bathing at its best

The waters of both outdoor and indoor baths were  a perfect temperature,not too hot at all,and the grounds and bathing areas were  very well-kept and spotless. After bathing,on the way out there was ,I believe , another small room with hairdryers ,make-up mirrors etc. Perhaps this was where the toilets were too,but I forgot to check before exiting through the Coffee Shop. Looked quite inviting,but had to get back to (my other) work….

It`s worth noting that Yamamizuki operates a free shuttle bus to and from downtown Kurokawa (stops in front of the  `Tsukemonoya` pickle shop,not far from the Visitor Center) between approx. 11am and  5pm.  Onsen-hoppers may use this service too,otherwise it`s a taxi ride or a 20min walk from the center.

 

 

In summary……riverside,yet not too rustic.

Would I visit again?   Yes,would probably bring overseas visitors wanting a hot spring `experience`

Staff:  Lots of them around,some English spoken.

 

 

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Teacher at フレンズ英会話 "Friends"English Conversation School
Resident in Kyushu for over 20 years and fortunate to be living in this beautiful corner of Aso close to a number of onsens including Kurokawa, which I love to visit with friends or my guests from overseas. Keeping this semi-official blog in English for the Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Association now gives me the perfect excuse...I just HAVE to try all the (public outdoor) baths I possibly can!

2 thoughts on “Onsen-hop #10 `Yamamizuki`

  1. Can’t find another way to tell you this… so i’ll leave it here :
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WORK. This blog is amazing for future Kurokawa visitors.

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