Onsen-hop #15 Fumoto Ryokan

Although the path leading to the entrance to the centrally-located Fumoto Ryokan (ふもと旅館) leads directly off Shimokawabata-dori you could easily blink and miss it! Better to use the cake shop `Roku` as a guide,the path to Fumoto is on the opposite side of the road.



Entrance to Fumoto bathed in afternoon light…


The Inn itself seemed a hive of activity,but after crossing a quaint wooden bridge over to the outdoor baths on the opposite riverbank and climbing rather a lot of stone steps it was quiet,apart from the sound of the water and one or two cheerful birds. The rocky bath was secluded and atmospheric, surrounded by dense bamboo and foliage which allowed in only a few of the low,late afternoon rays of autumn sunlight. Perfect temperature for me,so I enjoyed a rather longer than usual dip today without overheating or feeling dizzy.



Plenty of time for reflection


Neat and simple outdoor washing area included shower, body soap,conditioner etc .Lockers ,hairdryer etc were provided in the well-heated changing room (very important as the colder weather approaches!) .











Meanwhile,Kurokawa Onsen is a blaze of  autumn colour,catch it while you can!



View from the bridge near Nishimura Ryokan


…and nearby walking trails lead to views like these…



View from Hiranodai Plateau













Looking towards Kuju




In summary….central location,but lots of steps up to the bath

Would I visit again?  Yes,if I can manage the above

Staff: Busy,but spoke a little English









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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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