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Kurokawa Onsen

Manganji Kurokawa, Minamioguni-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture 869-2402, Japan
+81 967-44-0076
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Onsen Resorts
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Manchester
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This should be on every Kyushu itinerary. The little town is magical and a great place to come an relax, especially after a lot of travel. I came in August and was worried it'd be too hot for Onsen, but it felt a lot cooler in Kurokawa than all the other places I had been. It's tucked away in a... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We were staying at Takefue and decided to pay this charming little town a visit. It was raining that day, and slightly chilly, and the atmosphere was absolutely magical. The wooden houses were charming, there is a lovely patisserie, pottery shops, cafes and nice souvenir shops dotted along the quaint streets, and it was lovely listening to the rushing sound... More

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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Having never experienced Onsen before, a Japanese friend recommended we go to Kurokawa, a favourite of hers and her Mothers. It is simply wonderful. We arrived by bus from Aso station and were immediately entranced. There are baths along the river, in the woods, in caves and overlooking the mountains. The majority are within walking distance and there is a... More

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Sydney
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104 reviews 104 reviews
51 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This town can only be visited by cars and it is one of the best onsen towns as chosen by Japanese locals. with the wonderfully constructed Onsen Ryokans and specially designed natural onsen baths you will not be disappointed if you like Onsen. Note that the roads are very narrow so if you have a big car you might have... More

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Toronto
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

A visit to the Kurokawa Onsen area of Kyushu is the ultimate Japanese hot spring experience. The various Ryoken or guest houses provide a luxury level of traditional style accommodation and first class dining and are a must for any visitor. Invest in the $12 pass which allows you to visit any 3 additional hot springs and wander around town... More

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SINGAPORE
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Beautiful onsen town which has kept its traditional charm. We arrived by bus and were captivated by the beautiful scenery, especially the thick layer of snow on the wooden roof of many of the buildings. Suggest to stop by at the tourist information centre to get the list of onsens and area map. It is a small town and most... More

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Shanghai, China
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We spend 2 nights at kurokawa Onsen. A small, very beautifull village in a region of forests and ancient volcanos. The first night at SHINMEIKAN ONSEN. Excellent atmosphere, excellent service and very, very kind staff. The restaurant was amazing so the food. The onsens were clean and almost empty. The second night we stay at YUNOHIRA ONSEN, a bit less... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We were so much in love with this place, we love the Onsen, we love the food, we love the service, we love the traditional atmosphere, and we are planning to go back again this fall. We stayed in Sinmeikan Onsen, the dinner and breakfast were fantastic and the outdoor baths were so marvelous. We are planning to stay at... More

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Shanghai, China
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85 reviews 85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

An amazing experience. A traditional Japanese village with picturesque scenes. It is possible to get here by bus from both Kumamoto and Aso but it requires some planning. There was very little English spoken where we stayed, but that all added to the charm and experience. I can't rate it highly enough

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Singapore, Singapore
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Kurokawa Onsen is a very attractive hot spring (onsen) town. We enjoyed walking along the narrow streets lined with public bath houses, ryokans, souvenir shops and cafes. Most of the buildings we passed by were made entirely of wood. Nicest thing we did was to sit by the river and listen to the sound of water flowing by.

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