Ryokan Kono Yu

Ryokan Kono Yu

What kind of onsen ryokan is Ryokan Kono-Yu?

This is my cup of tea.  Ryokan Kono-Yu wouldn’t be luxury, but truly cozy.  If you are looking for a rejuvenating and refreshing oasis in Kurokawa Onsen, you should stay here.  Perhaps if you are looking for rooms with large private hot springs, I would recommend it.  Also, this is child-friendly.  If you bring small children or elderly people, you should stay here.  Most of the ryokans in Kurokawa Onsen have many steps, but Ryokan Kono-Yu has some universal design rooms of the single-story type with large private hot springs.  There are almost no steps.  On the other hand, if you want to enjoy hanging out around the onsen town in Yukata whenever you like, this is not.  The property is a 5min drive away from the center of Kurokawa Onsen.  Free shuttle service is available, though.  The ambiance is family-oriented, tranquil, and friendly.  The property would be great for families with children, small groups, or couples.
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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.

Rooms I would recommend?

Ryokan Kono Yu
If you are going to stay here, you may want to stay in superior rooms of one-story type.  The décor is “Japan minimalistic”, but truly relaxing.  There are large private hot springs with peaceful village views.  We fully enjoyed our private one.  You can relax in the bath while viewing the countryside landscapes. On the other hand, other rooms of the Maisonette type wouldn’t be special.  Also, it seems that they are not user-friendly.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you should stay in the rooms of the one-story type as there are twin beds.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, pajamas, drip coffee bags, a green tea set, and Japanese sweets, etc.  A massager, a DVD player, and a humidifier were placed in our room.  Also, the staff provides baby cribs, meals, yukatas, and amenities for small children if you request in advance.   Free WiFi reception was available in the lobby only.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are some amazing large communal hot springs.  They are open from 7:00-22:00.  On top of that, there is an awesome outdoor private family hot spring with nice views.  You need to book it in advance.  You might want to check in earlier for better time selections if you want to use it.  “First come, First served”  It’s complimentary.  It’s open from 7:00-9:00, 15:00-22:00.  The spring quality in jade green color is simply wonderful.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area.  Then there is a vending machine for drinks.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You might want to buy your necessities before coming here.

How about meals?

The kaiseki food using a lot of local ingredients was simply wonderful.  The portion tends to be big.  Don’t forget to bring your empty stomach.  All meals are served in a dining area.  If you bring small children, basically they are served in a private room.  *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, as far as I know, there is no restaurant for dinner around the property.  The location is out of the way.  You may want to book a room including meals.

My impressions

All staff is very warm, helpful, and proactive.  We were so impressed with their hospitality.  Overall the property has good value for money.   It was a very pleasant stay.  We definitely return again.  Then the best season to stay here would be in spring or fall.  You can see awesome views while soaking in the hot springs.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend staying in the summer season as there would be many bugs around the outdoor hot springs.  This is surrounded by rich nature.  It cannot be helped.  At last, the property has 9 rooms only and there are many return guests all year round.   If you want to relax in a tranquil atmosphere, you might want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekend in Oct & Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Ryokan Kono-Yu from the below space.   You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time.   Check Availability and Pricing for the onsen ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Ryokan Kono-Yu

Style Villa-style ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 48,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at 81 967 48 8700 from overseas
Call at 0967 48 8700 domestic Japan
Internet Connection Free wifi at the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available in some rooms
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Ryokan Kono-Yu’s MAP
Access Free shuttle service from Kurokawa Onsen bus stop.
Address and TEL 6784, Manganji, Minamioguni-machi Aso-gun
Kumamoto 869-2402  Tel +81 967 48 8700
Official Homepage Ryokan Kono-Yu’s HP

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