October …Matsuri time again! (2019)

October pretty much means just one thing here in Kurokawa Onsen…its time to celebrate and be thankful for the plentiful, beneficial hot spring waters that flow forth in this corner of Kyushu!

 

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Various events,with something for all ages, will take part over the weekend of October 5th and 6th, culminating in a colourful parade with a historical theme through central Kurokawa on Sunday morning (please be prepared for some traffic restrictions and follow signs past the gasoline stand to a spacious parking area from where a shuttle bus will operate).

 

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Details of the events starting on Saturday afternoon will be posted near the main event stage,which is next to the Visitor Center,or just pop in and ask . Dont miss the fireworks late on Saturday night! (Times/events are subject to change)

 

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UPCOMING EVENT `Onsen Festival` October 7th and 8th, 2017

It`s that time of year again….a slight chill in the morning and evening air,the evenings drawing  in….autumn is here!  Be sure to pop along to this local festival for an entertaining evening if you are in the area on October 7th,when the Visitor Center car park becomes the focal point  for the annual `Kurokawa Onsen Thanksgiving Festival`.

Some food and drink stalls will be opening from 3pm in the afternoon,with events for children scheduled to start at 4pm. Various local bands will be playing on the stage throughout the evening,with a Kagura performance from 8:30 and Yamanami Taiko from 9:30pm. If you want to join in some silliness (past years have included bottom sumo contests!) then come to the main events area from around 7:30pm.  Throughout the evening raffle tickets will be on sale,and the main prizes are usually vouchers for an overnight stay at a  Kurokawa ryokan!  Please note that the raffle draw takes place rather late,from 10pm,and is followed by fireworks to round off proceedings at about 11pm.

If you are coming to Kurokawa by car,please follow signs to the overflow carpark a few minutes out of Kurokawa on route 442 past the Cosmos gas station,a shuttle bus will operate from the start of the festival until late.

On Sunday October 8th,a parade of children in costume and a portable shrine will start at 11:40 from a point across from the Cosmos gas station and follow a route along Kawabatadori Street to the police station. The main parade,advertised as an `Edo time slip` starts from midday and will follow the same route.

Japanese poster and simple map showing parade route  (red arrows) and extra parking (yellow P) follows…

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UPCOMING EVENT `Onsen Thanksgiving Festival` October 1st and 2nd,2016

If you happen to be in the area don`t miss this fun, local event in Kurokawa Onsen!

This year,the  Kurokawa Onsen Kanshasai or `Onsen Thanksgiving Festival` will take place as usual over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd. Starting from 3pm on october 1st there will be a variety of food stalls,games,displays and events ,mostly located  in the car park of the Visitor Center. There will be lottery tickets on sale,and the draw (prizes last year included Kurokawa Onsen accommodation coupons) will take place at 10pm on the main stage,followed by fireworks.

I just missed the `bottom sumo` last year,or rather,they decided at the last moment to make the men do `bottom sumo` and the women do arm wrestling……These events are scheduled for 7:30pm,but do arrive early if you want to join in as they often change the schedule of events at the last moment

On Sunday October 2nd there will be a colourful parade advertsised as an `Edo period time slip` starting from the San-ai Rest House around 10:30am,proceeding down into the streets of central Kurokawa and then back. Please be prepared for traffic congestion,with some streets (mainly Shimokawabata and Kamikawabata dori) closed to traffic between 11:30am and 1:30pm.  During the weekend of the festival there will be extra parking available just further along route 442 (keep going past the Gas Station,through the tunnel and it will be signposted on the right) with a shuttle bus provided.

 

Japanese poster and simple map showing parade route on October 2nd and extra parking area (in yellow)

 

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FREE bathing at Kurokawa Onsen on June 26th!!!

Once a year,on JUNE 26th, you can bathe in the public outdoor baths at any of the 24 ryokan belonging to the Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Association for FREE!  If you are a day-tripper you may use the baths between 10am and 3pm,ryokan guests however may bathe from 8:30am to 9pm. Pick up an English map from the Visitor Center and of course,don’t forget to pop into the reception of the ryokan first before heading off to use the baths!

 

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Summer Event: Onsen Table Tennis,July 13th 2014

Sounds like a fun afternoon tomorrow (Sunday 13th July) in Kurokawa with a rather unusual table tennis tournament.
Stop by from midday and perhaps you`ll have a chance to have a go,but the twist is,there are no bats,instead you use a slipper,washing bowl,fan,onsen-hopping token or pot lid?!?!?!?

For the actual tournament  (prizes awarded)I believe there may be a small charge to join. Teams are expected from various onsens in Kyushu and even Yamaguchi.

It will take place in the area behind the Visitor Center in Kurokawa Onsen from midday onwards.

 

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This gives you an idea,doesn`t look easy with those Onsen-hopping tokens!