If you are looking for a traditional onsen ryokan adventure in Kurokawa Onsen, I would highly recommend Okyakuya.  We were so impressed with their warm hospitality, ambiance, architecture, hot springs, and food, etc.  On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I wouldn’t recommend it as facilities tend to be outdated.  There is no room with western beds on tatami mats.  Also if you are looking for rooms with private hot springs, this is not.  There is no room with a private one in-house.  Okyakuya would be great for family, couples, groups, or solo travelers.  *Children cannot be accommodated at this property but it depends on your negotiation.  The ambiance would be cozy, serene, and tranquil.  There are only 13 rooms in-house.  If you are going to stay here, you might want to book a spacious room as much as possible.  Because most of the rooms tend to be cramped.  They are very clean, well-maintained, and Japanese minimalistic.  Then if you are a light sleeper, you might want to request a room on 2F as my ear sometimes caught footsteps from the upstairs when we stayed on 1F.  The traditional wooden building has no latest soundproofing system.   Then Okyakuya is not universal design.  There are many steps and there is no lift.  There is no room with western beds on tatami mats.  I wouldn’t recommend it if you bring people with weak feet.  You may want to stay at others.  Then all of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, a humidifier, and a green tea set, etc.  A coffee machine was placed in the lobby only.  It costs 200JPY for a cup of coffee.  Also, free WiFi reception was available in the lobby only.  Then if you bring children, you might want to inform the staff in advance as they can prepare some items, such as yukatas, meals, and tableware, etc.  Then there are wonderful indoor and outdoor communal hot springs.  Also, there is a complimentary indoor private family one on-site.  You need to book in advance if you want to use it.  It’s cramped without views.  All of them are open from 6:00 to 23:00.  The spring quality including the water temperature was simply perfect.  We hardly met other guests when we soaked in the baths during the low season.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use the private family one instead.  To be frank, I wouldn’t recommend Okyakuya if you have tattoos.  Because there is no room with private hot springs and there is only one private family bath in-house.  You may want to find others if you want to enjoy hot springs.  Then local cuisine experience with a lot of local ingredients for dinner and breakfast was just divine.  The portion tends to be small, though.  All meals were served in a private room in a dining area.  Dinner starts from 18:00 or 18:30.  You need to check-in by 17:00 if you have dinner on the property.  *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Then there are few restaurants for dinner around the property.  Local papa-mama shops are closing early.  You may want to book a room including meals.  Then all staff was so welcoming, helpful, and proactive.  It was good without any comparison.  Overall, Okyakuya has good value for money.  We would come back again.  The location is perfect.  If you want to enjoy going on a hot spring hopping in Yukata whenever you like, you should stay here.  You must be excited!   Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.   **Check-in and out times 3:00 PM/10:00 AM ***You need to inform staff of your expected arrival time in advance.  ***The payment is cash only.   Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Okyakuya

Style Traditional Onsen Ryokan
Guest Rating Exceptional 9.6
Estimated Price 35,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at +81 967 44 0454 from overseas
Call at 0967 44 0454 from domestic Japan
Internet Connection Free WiFi at the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Okyakuya’s MAP
Access Free pick up service from Kurokawa Onsen bus stop.
Address and TEL 6546, Manganji, Minamioguni-machi Aso-gun
Kumamoto 869-2402  Tel +81 460-85-5541
Official Homepage Okyakuya’s HP

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