Ryokan Konomama

If you are looking for modern ryokans with private hot springs in Kumamoto prefecture, I really think you should stay at Ryokan Konomama.  The location is near Mt.Aso, not in Kurokawa Onsen.  It takes 30min by car from Kumamoto Airport.  Perhaps, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, the property would be great.  This is a mix of old and modern styles.  Facilities tend to be the latest as it opened in 2013.  You wouldn’t feel any stress during your stay.  On the other hand, if you don’t have a car, I wouldn’t recommend the property as the location is inconvenient.  If you stay here, you might want to get a car for rent at Kumamoto airport, etc.  It seems that there is no public transportation and no pick-up service.  Then the ambiance is cozy-looking, tranquil, and friendly.  We never met other guests during our stay.  There are 10 rooms only.   Each room has a wonderful private hot spring.  Ryokan Konomama would be great for family, couples, solo travelers, or small groups.  *A minimum age requirement of 12 applies.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a maisonnette room with indoor and outdoor hot springs.  It would be truly worth staying in the room.   You can see peaceful views of Mt. Aso while chilling out at the room.  Other types of rooms have only indoor ones.  Then the private hot springs are simply wonderful.  The spring quality is very soft, thick, and smooth, like skin lotion.  Once you try it, you may become a hot spring freak.  You can enjoy soaking in the bath while viewing an amazing starry sky in good weather.  Then all of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, samue outfits, bottled water, and green tea bags.  There is no convenience store, no restaurant, and no shop around here.  You might want to buy your necessities before coming here.  The location is out of the way.  Free WiFi reception is not available in-house.  There is a small lounge, but no bar, and no communal hot spring in-house.  That’s too bad.  Then Ryokan Konomama is not a universal design.  There are many steps and there is no elevator in-house.  Wheelchairs are not available.  If you bring people with weak feet, you might want to book a western room.  Once you enter your room, you wouldn’t need to move around as there is a private hot spring.  Then Italian cuisine for dinner was great.  The food wouldn’t be sophisticated, though.  Japanese cuisine for breakfast was also good.  The portion tends to be big.  Don’t forget to bring your empty stomach.  Dinner starts from 18:00-19:00.  You need to check-in by 17:30 if you have dinner on the property.  Breakfast starts at 8:00.  All meals are served in a private room in the dining area.  *Please note that if you plan to stay more than 2 nights with meals, I wouldn’t recommend this property because of almost the same menu every day.  Then all staff tends to be friendly, but not so flexible.  If you expect signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Overall, Ryokan Konomama has good value for money.  Then if you visit by car, you might want to ask the staff how to go there.  It would be difficult to find the entrance of the property.  I heard that even some local people lost the way.  At last, don’t forget to check a weather forecast before booking a room.  That’s the most important if you want to see panorama views of beautiful mountains from Ryokan Konomama.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *Check-in and out times 3:00 PM/11:00 AM **All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Ryokan Konomama

Style Modern Japanese Ryokan
Guest Rating Wonderful 8.9
Estimated Price 45,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at 0967-67-2411 from domestic
Call at +81 967-67-2411 from overseas
Internet Connection Wifi reception is not available
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Ryokan Konomama’s MAP
Access 60min by car from Kumamoto airport
No pick-up service
Address and TEL 5304-1 Kain, Minamiaso-mura,
Aso-gun, Kumamoto 869-1411

Tel +81 967-67-2411
Official Homepage Ryokan Konomama’s HP
*Japanese Only