Autumn 2018 update…

Once again it’s my favourite season here in Kyushu,not too hot and not too cold…with mostly clear skies and colorful autumn leaves all around. Kurokawa is no exception,autumn colours providing a beautiful backdrop to any onsen hopping you may choose to indulge in this season. Onsen-hopping passes are still a bargain at ¥1300 a go ,allowing you to try three different  public outdoor baths in Kurokawa within a 6-month period.

 

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River view near Yumerindo

 

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View of entrance to Noshiyu

 

Sadly the main  event of the year in Kurokawa,a Thanksgiving festival in early October was cancelled due to the approach of a large typhoon. Since we are well into autumn now,a recommended activity for this time of year is to try one of the three hiking routes in and around Kurokawa,all starting from near the Visitor Center. Maps in English should be available from the Visitor Center,which has recently had a facelift!  Still a rather small space….but do pop in and see if Aoi is there at the information desk,she speaks excellent English and is willing to chat and offer advice.

 

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Entrance to recently refurbished Visitor Center

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Welcoming smiles from Aoi at the Information Desk!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within Visitor Center opening hours you may also use this recently installed Money Exchange machine for changing your home currency into Japanese yen .*please note this is not an ATM ,you still need to visit a bank in the neighbouring town of Oguni,or the Family Mart in Minami Oguni for those!

 

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Money Exchange inside the Visitor Center

 

Finally,in this update a reminder to look out for the bamboo illuminations in Kurokawa from the end of December….quite a breathtaking sight along the river after on a winter’s evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year 2018 in Kurokawa

Winter is the perfect season for spending a leisurely day in Kurokawa Onsen with your onsen-hopping pass (¥1300,good for three baths) and warming  up in an outdoor hot spring bath.

Over the New Year period,the outdoor baths are open as usual!  Most shops and cafes are also open,although you may find that many will take a day or two off in early January just after New Year.

If you are in Kurokawa on Monday Jan 1st,Sunday 14th or Sunday 21st there will be mochi rice cake-pounding and a Japanese drum performance held in the square behind the Visitor Center from 1pm (please do check at the Visitor Center in case the scheduled time for this event changes).

Bamboo illuminations along the river in the center of Kurokawa can also be viewed in the evenings from December 22nd until the end of March.

 

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Bamboo illuminations in central Kurokawa

 

Take care on the roads,especially early morning or at night if the weather is snowy . Temperatures can drop and there may be icy patches.

A Happy New Year of the Dog 2018!