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!

 

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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!

 

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View of Nanjyoen Ryokan from the Visitor Center car park

 

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

 

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One of the prettiest bus stops around..

 

 

 

Yukata Rental in Kurokawa Onsen

Why not dress the part during your onsen-hopping day trip to Kurokawa Onsen?

 

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Getting ready for the yukata experience!

 

For several years now,yukatas have been available for rent from a small office (known    as`Bechinkan` べっちん館) tucked downstairs behind the Visitor Center.

 

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Stairs next to Visitor Center lead to `Bechinkan`

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Yukata Rental (right) Relaxation Room (left)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The office is open from 10 am to 4:30pm daily and for only ¥1500 you may select a colourful yukata and obi belt to wear for the rest of the day. Traditional Japanese sandals called `setta` are also part of the rental package,as well as a warm half-length jacket to pop on top in cooler weather.

 

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Entrance to the Bechinkan office and yukata rental

 

Helpful,English-speaking staff will help you put on your yukata in the comfort of the nearby `Relaxation Room` with lockers also provided for your regular clothes so you don`t have to worry about carrying them around with you all day!  Recent visitors from Singapore agreed that wearing the yukatas during their visit to Kurokawa was a wonderful experience and would recommend it to others,they also commented on the a large choice of colours and sizes. However,the rental service runs on a first come,first served basis so come early for the best choice!

Bechinkan tel no: 0967-48-8130

Opening hours: 10:00 to 16:30