The center of Kurokawa Onsen is a little quieter than normal,with inns,baths,shops and restaurants open and waiting for your visit! Temperatures for May are perhaps a little higher than usual,but the streets are green and shady….and there are plenty of shops selling ice cream and cool drinks.
Perfect photo opportunities too along the river….
Buses are running between Hakata (Fukuoka) and Kurokawa close to a normal schedule,with a slight detour near Tsuetate which doesn`t add any extra time to the journey.
A bus from Kumamoto to Kurokawa (then on to Yufuin and Beppu) is running once a day. From 5/16 the bus also stops at Aso Station and Uchinomaki. The bus leaves from in front of Kumamoto Station,stop 3, at 12:15 and arrives in Kurokawa at 14:55.
The bus from Kurokawa back to Kumamoto leaves at 10:35 (return includes a stop at Cuddly Dominion too at 11:35) and arrives back at Kumamoto Station at 13:11
Please do CHECK the schedules before your journey as this is a temporary schedule in effect from May 16,2016.
Kumamoto Kotsu Center tel: 096-325-0100
Kurokawa Onsen Visitor Center tel: 0967-44-0076
By road,access is possible from Kumamoto if you take the scenic `Milk Road` from Ozu (Route 45) , then on to Minami Oguni (Kurokawa) on Route 212.
From Fukuoka ,Hita and the North if you exit at Hita IC you will need to follow the diversion on the so-called `Farmroad` OR exit at Kokonoe IC and take route 210 then 387. (This is due to a landslide on route 212 between Oyama and Matsubara dam).
RYOKAN AND BATHS UPDATE
All in business as usual apart from San-Ai Kogen hotel which will reopen in August 2016.
Kurokawaso is scheduled to reopen in the autumn .
Nanjoen Ryokan (just across from the Visitor Center) is currently closed,but according to the website the outdoor baths are open as normal for visitors.
Thank you,and we look forward to seeing you soon in Kurokawa Onsen!