Update #4 on Kurokawa Onsen after the Kumamoto Earthquakes (bus from Kumamoto to Beppu now running!)

Its`s a beautiful morning,sunny and breezy here in this part of Kyushu after a wet and blustery day yesterday.




Getting ready to welcome visitors for Golden Week


So….all in all a perfect day for a stroll around Kurokawa Onsen , a dip and a bite to eat. I`m happy to report that my favourite cake shop in Kurokawa is also open again now!  Visitors are returning to Kurokawa Onsen to enjoy `Golden Week`.


Fresh green foliage…



Fresh choux cream buns…


















This brief update is just to let you know that almost all Ryokan  and baths are in operation now,with the exception of:

Kurokawa So,Kounoyu,Nanjoen (reopening date not yet decided,but baths are already open at Kounoyu)

San -Ai Kogen Hotel (reopening 8/1)

Also,the baths at Yusai and Misato cannot be used at the moment



From 5/1 there is ONE bus a day from Kumamoto to Beppu via Kurokawa and Yufuin and ONE in the opposite direction. Please check on the Kyushu Odan Bus website for exact details,or call the Kurokawa Visitor Center (81 0967-44-0819) or the Kyusanko Bus Center (81 096-325-0100) as this information is likely to change.

According to the Japanese schedule,from 5/1:


Kumamoto Station (Stop 3) 12:15

Kumamoto Airport 13:00

Kurokawa 14:38

Yufuin Station 16:23

Beppu Station 17:14



Beppu Station 8:09

Yufuin Station 9:00

Kurokawa  10:45

Kumamoto Airport 12:15

Kumamoto Station  13:05


Enjoy the rest of Golden Week and please don`t hesitate to visit Kurokawa Onsen now ,or  in the near (or even more distant)  future!





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Teacher at フレンズ英会話 "Friends"English Conversation School
Resident in Kyushu for over 20 years and fortunate to be living in this beautiful corner of Aso close to a number of onsens including Kurokawa, which I love to visit with friends or my guests from overseas. Keeping this semi-official blog in English for the Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Association now gives me the perfect excuse...I just HAVE to try all the (public outdoor) baths I possibly can!

4 thoughts on “Update #4 on Kurokawa Onsen after the Kumamoto Earthquakes (bus from Kumamoto to Beppu now running!)

  1. Just spent the weekend at Kurokawa, and was surprised how empty it was! I heard from my ryokan lots of people cancelled reservations after the earthquake… But it seemed to me the whole town was up and running fine. All the shops/restaurants looked open, and my stay was perfect – it was very easy to get to/from Kurokawa by bus. I’m SO glad I went and didn’t cancel!

  2. Hi, We have booked to stay here October 30 and 31st (2 nights), please advise if everything is fine now after the earthquake and that the onsens and all other facilities are up and running and can be used?

    Thank you

    • Hello, Things are pretty much normal now in Kurokawa Onsen. Most of the Inns and baths are open,as are the shops and restaurants. Sanai Kogen Hotel,Kurokawa-so Ryokan and Nanjoen Ryokan are having some repair work done,but that shouldn’t affect your stay at all ( and may well be completed by October anyway). October will be a great time to visit!

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