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!
Time to get a group of friends together and explore Kurokawa Onsen, where the the spring air is fresh,the hot spring baths well….hot and various colourful blooms and blossoms are returning!
Don`t forget that for only ¥1,500 you can rent a yukata set (yukata,obi belt and warm hanten jacket) from Bechin-kan ,which is located downstairs behind the Vistor Center . Open from 10am it`s best to get there early to choose a yukata in your favourite colour and design. A member of staff can help you if you are not sure how to wear the yukata correctly.
Looking for somewhere to leave your bags while you stroll around town? For day-trippers with large bags there are coin lockers available near the Visitor Center as well as near the highway bus stop (near Cosmos gas station). For only ¥500 you can probably fit two suitcases in the largest size locker.
One important update is that Nanjyoen (名城苑) Ryokan,which was damaged in the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes reopened on April 15th after a major renovation that has taken three years, and is accepting bookings from the 18th. I`m looking forward to having a look around the newly-renovated inn and trying the baths soon!
….and finally for today, I just love the Kurokawa style bus stops!