Onsen-hop #20 Wafuryokan Misato

A quick lunchtime onsen-hop today,Wafuryokan Misato (和風旅館美里 number 15 on the English guide map ) only a minute or so on foot from the Visitor Center.

From the reception desk it felt very strange to go UP a flight of stairs to the outdoor bath,which is be located on a small hill tucked behind the ryokan,and although right in the center of Kurokawa it was extremely peaceful.

 

 

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View from the changing room

 

 

As soon as I had entered the ryokan there was the unmistakable eggy smell of a sulphur bath wafting along the corridors,and the water was a beautiful milky blue…

 

 

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Smelly but beautiful!

 

The facilities were quite simple,no heating in the changing area ,basic wash area and toilets located on a different floor of the ryokan . Lockers were provided outside the bathing area,but I cant remember seeing any hairdryers,sinks or even mirrors in or around the changing area.

 

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Just a quick rinse before entering the bath will suffice.

 

Simple is best….

 

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In summary…….blue and sulphury

Would I visit again?   Yes,so peaceful yet in center of Kurokawa

Staff :friendly and spoke a little English

 

 

 

 

 

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onsen-hopper

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!

3 thoughts on “Onsen-hop #20 Wafuryokan Misato

    • Thankyou,we are fine and there were no casualties in Kurokawa or the small town nearby where I live.
      I believe that some Ryokan are damaged,but do not have detailed information at the moment.
      Transport in the wider area is currently problematic.
      Some roads in the prefecture are not passable,or heavily congested with rescue convoys
      also passing through. Golden Week will be very quiet this year…
      Please check with individual Ryokan if you have a booking.

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