Shopping and Eating in Kurokawa # 12 : Raifu Gift Shop

If your afternoon stroll takes you on a circuit of Kurokawa Onsen (along Sakura Dori and then past the Police Station and on to Shimokawabata Dori) you may notice Raifu (来負)Gift Shop tucked away in the corner on the bend,although at first glance it could easily be mistaken for a private house.



Raifu Gift Shop tucked in a corner…


Looking for something different to Kumamon or the usual mass-produced souvenirs? Raifu offers a variety of handmade items,ranging from unusual pottery bits and bobs (including jewellery) to dried flower craft , recycled kimono material and much more….


Pottery corner

Pottery corner


Inside Raifu Gift Shop

Inside Raifu Gift Shop


Call in for a browse around and you may find that unique little something you have been searching for!


Open: 9:00 to 18:00 most days

Credit cards accepted



Heavy rain in Kurokawa and area July 6th,2017 and July 7th UPDATE

Good morning,

Overnight (from July 5th to 6th,2017) there has been extremely heavy rain in areas of Northern Kyushu,especially parts of  Fukuoka,Oita and Kumamoto prefectures. Please check your travel route if you are traveling to Kurokawa today as there may be some disruptions. Hotels and Ryokan are open as usual,but today onsen-hopping will not be possible after such heavy rain.

More rain is likely today,so please drive carefully or be prepared for some disruption to public transport along certain routes in northern Kyushu.

For up to date information,please call the Visitor Center on 0967-44-0076

Or contact the Ryokan where you have a reservation.

UPDATE on July 7th.

Thr rain is not quite as heavy today in the area,but unfortunately highway bus services to and  from Kurokawa have been disrupted. Currently there is no service running to and from Fukuoka,and the Kyushu Odan bus is not stopping at Kurokawa or Minami Oguni Town Hall. If you are taking the latter bus,please get off at San-Ai Resthouse and contact your Ryokan,someone will pick you up for the 5 minute drive down into Kurokawa Onsen.

Onsen-hopping is available today,but not at Yamamizuki,Shinmeikan,Yamamizuki and Hozantei as these baths are located close to the river. There are also a few small landslides along some of the narrow roads in the area and one or two diversions.



Taken earlier this month,hydrangeas along Ajisadori ,Kurokawa.