My husband and I spent one night here and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It's hard to find faults. The ryokan is beautifully decorated in a cosy, "rustic" style and is in a great position near the centre of the village and next to the river. All the rooms face the river and the sound of the running water was most soothing. The food was plentiful, delicious and well-presented, and the staff was attentive and friendly. The baths were not the best I've ever been to and the water did not seem particularly "onsen-y", but there was a lot of choice: two outdoor baths that rotate in the morning so men and women can enjoy both, an indoor bath each for men and women, and three private "family" baths that don't need any reservation (just go in if no one else is using it).
Kurokawa village was a very pleasant place for a stroll. It's clear that the business owners here have co-operated well and worked hard to preserve the traditional character of the area. They were fortunate to have avoided the 60s boom of ugly concrete onsen hotels, and are left with an unusually unspoilt, traditional onsen resort that is hard to find in Japan. We were lucky enough to visit in autumn and the autumn colours along the river and in the surrounding mountains just added to the charm of the place. We didn't have time to use the nyuto tegata three-bath pass, but it seemed like good value for money.
In summary, a stay here is highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Shimokawabata Street in KurokawaOnsen. A millwheel welcomes guests at the entrance. Besides regular Roten buro(open-air bath), we have three baths available for exclusive use to our guests without reservation and charge. Also we have indoor baths separately for men and women. There are three other specially recommended Roten buro(open-air bath) - Kajikanoyu with a beautiful river view, Okeburo with traditional Japanese bathtubs and Ajisainoyu surrounded by a bamboo grove. Our spa water comes directly from the spring. All twelve guest rooms and spa baths are facing the river. Just relax in silence and enjoy the sounds of the river. Creative Japanese dinners are prepared with seasonal delicacies including famous Higo beef, black pork, fresh yamame fish and various locally grown organic vegetables. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ryokan Yumotoso Japan/Kumamoto Prefecture - Aso-Gun