Onsen-hop #22 Yumerindo

One of the great things about Kurokawa Onsen is that even on a rainy day you can go ahead and enjoy a spot of onsen-hopping in the outdoor baths,as most of them are provided with a  roofed section to offer protection against the  rain. Yumerindo ( 夢龍胆 number 9 on the English onsen-hopping map) was no exception and proved an ideal choice for a mid-morning dip in the rain.

 

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Entrance to Yumerindo

 

The staff were very attentive and helpful from the moment my friend and I stepped through the door,even though we were only there for an onsen-hop . A receptionist  (from Taiwan) spoke English,Chinese and Japanese and other staff seemed to follow our English quite well. It`s a large inn,elevators are available and we made our way down  from reception to the outdoor baths without getting too lost. Once again,being mid-morning, we had the spacious bath and changing rooms to ourselves.

 

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Spacious outdoor bathing and roofed area

 

Yumerindo also boasts a large mixed bath (混浴風呂 or konyoku buro)for as many as 30 bathers…but we didnt try it out,as it would have meant getting dressed again and walking through to a different changing room. Maybe next time,if we remember to take out yukata with us!

 

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The sign says `Men` but this passageway also leads to the mixed bath

 

We lingered for a while in the lobby,which had some great views all around and would be a very pleasant place for a coffee or refreshments after your bath.

 

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Lobby and views…

 

The baths were far less crowded than the fish tank….

 

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In summary……..spacious baths

Would I visit again?   Yes,perhaps to try the mixed bath!

Staff: Attentive and polite,with English knowledge.

 

 

 

 

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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!

One thought on “Onsen-hop #22 Yumerindo

  1. I’m going to Kurokawa this weekend for my birthday and my bf and I reserved at Yumerindo. I can’t wait to try the bath even if I’m still a bit shy about bathing in public.
    For work I had to view a lot of promotion videos and I watched Minami-oguni’ones and it’s really good ! I’m going to take pictures and video for my blog too so some shots may inspire me. Please continue your great work !

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