Resumption of Onsen-hopping in Kurokawa Onsen from June 1st,2020

We are pleased to announce that from Monday June 1st onsen-hopping at  Kurokawa Onsen will resume as the temporary closure notice from late April is lifted. At the same time , the Kurokawa Onsen Visitor Center  (Kazenoya) will reopen for the sale of onsen-hopping passes.
Here at Kurokawa Onsen new measures have been implemented to help prevent any future spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus and we ask for your cooperation and understanding. Please also note that during this resumption period not all outdoor baths will be accessible to the public,and opening times may vary.
* At the Visitor Center and at the individual Ryokan measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus    will be in place.
* The usual onsen-hopping period of 8:30 to 21:00 may vary according to individual Ryokan.
* Certain additional  restrictions concerning the number of people entering may be in place at some
* You will be given a bag when you purchase an onsen-hopping pass,please use this for your clothes       when  getting changed before entering the bath.
A Request to Onsen-hoppers
* In addition,prior to Onsen-hopping you will be asked to fill out a form with your name and contact information ,(purely as a measure to help control any future outbreak of the coronavirus)
*Please inform staff if you have a fever,cold symptoms or are generally feeling unwell.
* Please wear a mask when you visit Kurokawa Onsen
* Shared items ,such as baskets, may not be provided in the changing rooms.Please use the bag       provided for  carrying your clothes and personal items or use your own bag.
Currently Suspended
Please note that bar-hopping , electric bicycle rental and yukata rental have NOT been resumed at this time.
We apologise for any inconvenience and ask for your cooperation during this period.

Extension of temporary closure period at Kurokawa Onsen May 2020

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.


Thankyou once more for your understanding and support during these difficult times.

We look forward to seeing you again in Kurokawa in the future!









Kurokawa Onsen temporary closure during Golden Week 2020

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 .




Spring at last! Kurokawa update for March 2020.




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.



Kurokawa resident


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 .


Bechinkan  Center ,Yukata and Bicycle rental.

Bechinkan Center ,Yukata and Bicycle rental.


Plenty of interesting little shops to look around…..and



The ¥1000 store


Marusho Giftshop














…..I found a friendly dog waiting to greet visitors at Sakura-an  Cafe…..



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!


Onsen -hoppers leave their mark....

Onsen -hoppers leave their mark….





Spring (2019) in Kurokawa

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!



View across the bridge near Nishimura Ryokan



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.


A view of Bechin-kan

A view of Bechin-kan


Yukata Kurokawa style

Yukata Kurokawa style


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.


Coin lockers near Cosmos (No Parking!)

Coin lockers near Cosmos (No Parking!)


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!



View of Nanjyoen Ryokan from the Visitor Center car park


….and finally for today, I just love the Kurokawa style bus stops!



One of the prettiest bus stops around..