Onsen-hop # 11 Yamabiko Ryokan

Very easy to spot the entrance to Yamabiko Ryokan (やまびこ旅館) if you are coming from Oguni by road,it`s the second on the left after the tunnel ,a little further along the road from Kurokawaso (Onsen-hop #1).  Enter through the main gate ,reception is on the left then follow a walkway off the lobby  to reach the outdoor baths.

Yamabiko Ryokan main gate

Yamabiko Ryokan main gate

 

As it was lunchtime there were very few onsen-hoppers even though Yamabiko Ryokan boasts the largest mixed bath in Kurokawa. The baths are swapped over every day,but unfortunately today the smaller bath was designated as the women`s bath and the larger one as the men`s/mixed one. Everything was very neat and tidy,environment-friendly body wash is also provided.

 

Entrance to women`s outdoor bath

Entrance to women`s outdoor bath

Neat and tidy washing area

Neat and tidy washing area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The waters were a beautiful shade of milky blue,and quite refreshing on this humid afternoon owing to the hydrogen carbonate spring waters (which can also soothe burns and help heal scars,says my guide).

 

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Lots of nooks and crannies to explore,a (free) foot bath,boiled onsen eggs, gift shop,lounge for relaxing,koi carp in the pond, and a huge black Newfoundland on guard at the entrance. The bridge over the river provides access to the main Ryokan accommodation,and things probably get quite busy around here once it gets to check-in time!

 

 

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In summary…easy access

Would I visit again? Yes,to try the larger bath…

Staff: Polite and busy!

 

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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!

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  1. I would love to hear more about the environmental measures that Kurokawa is taking in tourism!

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