Oyado Kafugetsu

Oyado Kafugetsu

What kind of onsen ryokan is Oyado Kafugetsu?

This is like a hideaway for adults.  There are only 11 rooms.  Each room has a private onsen.  We never met other guests on the property even though it was fully booked.  If you are looking for rooms with wonderful large private hot springs in rich nature, I would recommend it.  Perhaps if you are keen on hot springs, you should stay here.  There are some amazing hot springs.  On the other hand, if you want to hang out around Kurokawa Onsen town in Yukata whenever you like, this is not.  The location is a bit away from the central of Kurokawa Onsen.  It takes 10min by car.  The ryokan would be great for couples, families, and solo travelers.  *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies.
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Is the location easy to access?

Free shuttle service is available from Kurokawa Onsen Bus Stop.  You need to book it in advance.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversary?

If you are looking for unique venues for special occasions in Kurokawa Onsen, the property would be one of the best.  The staff may be able to arrange cakes to celebrate an anniversary at additional charges if you request in advance. 

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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a premium room with a terrace in the annex called “Shikisai”.  It’s truly worth staying in the room.  It is so spacious, relaxed, and tranquil.  The indoor and outdoor private hot springs are large.  We fully enjoyed our private ones while hearing white noise from the river.  The water temperature tends to be a bit hot.  Staff can adjust the temperature if you request.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, pajamas, a coffee machine with capsules, and a green tea set.  Also, a DVD player and humidifier were placed in our room.  Free Wifi reception was available in the lobby only.  I noticed that computers were placed there to use someone.   Then complimentary drinks including Japanese sake were available in the lobby.  There is a vending machine for drinks.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You might want to buy your necessitates before coming here.   Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-mattresses in tatami rooms, you may want to stay in a western Japanese room with twin beds on tatami mats in the annex.

How about In-house Facilities?

Oyado Kafugetsu
There are some wonderful communal hot springs.  Also, there are two private family ones for free which you can use whenever they are not occupied.  All of them are open from 15:00-23:00, 6:00-9:00.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use the private family ones instead.  Then Oyado Kafugetsu is not a perfect universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, you might want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the entrance.
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How about meals?

The local food experience for dinner was good but it wouldn’t be special.  The portion tends to be average.  After dinner, some rice balls were served for a night snack.  Then when we checked out, some croissants were offered for lunch.  All meals are served in each private room in the dining area.  Dinner starts from 18:00 or 18:30.  Breakfast starts from 8:30 or 9:00.  They may be able to arrange food for guests who have food allergies if you request in advance.  Then, as far as I know, there is no restaurant around here.  The location is out of the way.  You may want to book a room including meals.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare dinner if you request on that day.

My impressions

The staff tends to be not sophisticated but they are very warm, proactive, and helpful.  You can experience signature Japanese hospitality during your stay.  If you cannot find English speakers at the reception, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  Most of the staff would understand English sentences.  I hope you don’t mind.  Anyway, the best season to stay here would be in spring or fall.  You can view breathtaking landscapes while soaking in the bath.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend staying in the summer season.  There would be many bugs around outdoor baths as the onsen ryokan is surrounded by rich nature.  If you are metropolitan, you may feel uncomfortable.  At last, Kurokawa Onsen would be crowded during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, the weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and new year holiday.  If you visit during the above periods, you should stay at Oyado Kafugetsu as you would be able to escape from the crowds of people that are pulling suitcases around the town.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  If you check-in after 19:00, you need to inform the staff in advanceThe payment is CASH only.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Agoda or Booking.com

Info about Oyado Kafugetsu

Style Traditional Onsen Ryokan
Guest Rating 15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 45,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at 0967-44-0277 from domestic
Call at +81 967-44-0277 from overseas
Internet Connection Wifi reception at the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Oyado Kafugetsu’s MAP
Access Free Pick-up service from Kurokawa Onsen Bus Stop
Address and TEL 5890 Manganji, Minamioguni, Aso District
Kumamoto 869-2402  
Tel +81 967-44-0277
Official Homepage Oyado Kafugetsu’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.