Owing to the continuing COVID 19 crisis in Japan and worldwide,the decision has been made to extend the temporary closure period of facilities at Kurokawa Onsen to May 31st,2020.
– shops,restaurants in Kurokawa are closed
– Visitor Center (Kazenoya) and adjacent parking lot are closed
– Onsen-hopping at the various outdoor baths, bar-hopping ,yukata rental and bicycle rental services are all suspended
IF you already have a reservation in Kurokawa in the near future,please be sure to check directly with the individual Ryokan to check their policy during this time. Some Ryokan are closed, some plan to open again from May 16th, others are open only at the weekend to honour existing reservations.
Telephone enquiries to the Kurokawa Visitor Center ( 0967- 44-0076) Between 9am and 1 pm only.
We look forward to seeing you again in Kurokawa in the future!
Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Association has made the difficult ,but necessary, decision to temporarily close the following facilities during Golden Week ( from April 29th to May 6th,2020) in an effort to help stop the further spread of the Covid 19 virus.
– All Member Ryokan,shops and restaurants in Kurokawa Onsen
-Visitor Center (Kazenoya) and parking lot
-All outdoor public baths
Onsen-hopping ,bar-hopping,bicycle rental and yukata rental will also not be possible during this period. Bamboo illuminations along the river will also be suspended.
Although the Visitor Center will be closed to the public,the telephone line will be manned, for enquiries please call 0967 44 0076 (9am to 6pm).
The situation will be reviewed continuously and we will provide updates after Golden Week.
Thankyou everyone for your cooperation during these extremely difficult times . We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Let’s get through this together .
STAY HOME……STAY SAFE 💕
UPDATE APRIL 6th 2020 STAY SAFE , STAY HOME
AT THE CURRENT TIME AS THE COVID 19 VIRUS CONTINUES TO SPREAD IN ALL AREAS OF JAPAN, PLEASE CONSIDER OTHERS AND STAY SAFE ……AT HOME!
Wandering around the center of Kurokawa late one Monday afternoon in March ,the sun is bright and the sky blue, but the streets are noticeably quieter than usual.
Well….maybe just a little quieter, there is a notable absence of tour groups, and most of the visitors in town seem to be young ,recently graduated students on day trips. Inns and outdoor public baths are all open ,as are most of the shops, cafes and restaurants .
Plenty of interesting little shops to look around…..and
…..I found a friendly dog waiting to greet visitors at Sakura-an Cafe…..
It’s spring, cherry blossom season is almost here and Kurokawa is always here. We are open and waiting to welcome you,so please take the opportunity to visit and enjoy the peace,quiet and beauty!
A Happy New Year of the Mouse ,2020!
Chilly evenings may draw in quickly during the winter months,but you’re sure to find a warm and bright welcome in Kurokawa at this time of year!
The Visitor Center offers a particularly warm welcome during this season. You can browse through the various maps and leaflets ,purchase your Onsen-hopping pass (and obtain your form to enter the 3-millionth visitor contest ) ,do a spot of souvenir shopping or just warm your hands in front of the cosy wood -burning stove .
Wander out into the streets and you’ll find a variety of lights,lamps and illuminations ,with the main bamboo light display (湯あかりor yuakari）along the river being switched on at 5pm every evening until the end of March. Don’t miss the various photo opportunities along the riverbank!
Kurokawa cafes offer a chance to sit down and warm up with a hot bowl of ‘Zenzai ’ (a traditional New Year dish of sweet red bean soup with small rice dumplings ) and brightly-lit shops will tempt you out of the cold. I haven’t mentioned the obvious….but your quickest way of warming up this season will be ,of course, to soak in a luxuriously hot outdoor bath ……take your choice from over twenty five locations available to the Kurokawa Onsen-hoppers . And …..the Onsen -hopping pass is still a bargain in 2020 at a cost of ¥1300 for entry into 3 different public outdoor baths.
PS. Catch some drumming and rice cake (mochi) making at Bechinkan,down the steps behind the Visitor Center,on January 12th from midday!
Wonder at the sight of a cackling bonfire of bamboo at `dondoya` on January 13th from 10am (But please enquire at the Visitor Center about the exact location as this event is held in nearby fields)
* Please note that the times and locations of these events may be subject to change depending on the weather and local conditions. As always,at this time of year please take care on the roads,which can sometimes be slippy at night or early in the morning when temperatures can drop to below freezing.