A very cosy ryokan just beside the river and close to the centre of Kurogawa old town. We stayed in room 105 which was at the end of the ryokan and very quiet and private. They have a public and family onsen. Need to reserve the 50-min private onsen in advance and it is open until very late. The public onsen opens at 6.30am so if you are there early, you will have the whole onsen overlooking a bamboo forest all by yourself. Very therapeutic. Fantastic breakfast too.
Lovely, friendly and attentive. Staff are very helpful. Staff Speaks sufficiently English to have everything run smoothly. Even help us wash away all the autumn leaves that covered our car. The checkin process is very detail and smooth. Although Mandarin is not our first language but the staff speaks fluently and easy to understand. Thank you for a great 3 days 2 nights. Love the rooms by the river with a private onsen.
This hotel blew me away. Stayed here for business for a couple of days and I was a pleasure. Very typical traditional Japanese hotel and rooms. My room overlooked the river and had a hot spring bath in my room which was incredibly relaxing. Rooms are spotlessly clean with all the comforts needed for a relaxing stay. Breakfast and dinner needs to be pre arranged when you arrive. Very nice breakfast and even better dinner (see pictures) all in all a very beautiful little place for a comfortable and relaxing stay with plenty of added extras, great staff and awesome food.
This is not my first time to onsen but this is my first for a private onsen. My wife and I were able to reserve not one but two private onsen times. Both were on different rooms. Our room was in the annex building and the rooms are much bigger in area. The only thing is it is several meters from the main building where the onsen and dining rooms are. There was no shower in the room so we had to take it from the main building. We were picked up at the bus stop (advance notice should be sent to the ryokan. The center of town is about 5 - 10 min walk. Love to come back.
This was my first stay at a ryokan, as I stayed in business hotels during all of my previous trips to Japan. I found the experience fascinating and delightful. Kurokawa Onsen is a charming town, and winter is in my experience an excellent time to be in Japan, as it's quiet, and the weather can be beautiful and clear, though cold. I found the Ryokan Wakaba to be delightful. My room overlooked the river, and had its own hot spring bath, which was excellent, as was the private bath which I tried on my first evening there; and the food, both at dinner and breakfast, was a rare treat. My room was well-heated and cozy, with all that I needed. Above all, the service was excellent, welcoming and friendly at all times. And as I drove away, the staff who had been looking after me stood in the roadway waving goodbye until I could no longer see them in the rear mirror: a very nice touch. I would love to stay there again.…