Ryokan Sanga

Ryokan Sanga

What kind of onsen ryokan is Ryokan Sanga?

If you are looking for an authentic small onsen ryokan adventure, I would recommend it.  The ambiance is very tranquil, charming, and quaint.  On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, this is not.  Facilities tend to be outdated.  Perhaps, if you want to fully enjoy going on a hot spring hopping in Yukata in Kurokawa Onsen whenever you like, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Ryokan Sanga is located a bit away from the center of the town.  It takes 5min by car.  The property would be great for couples, families, small groups, or solo travelers.
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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 Sanga
If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with private hot springs, especially, the room called “Nemu-no-Ki”.  The room has twin beds on tatami mats, a cozy terrace, and private indoor and outdoor hot springs with peaceful views.  It’s really worth staying here.  We spent lots of time jumping in and out of our private baths while enjoying white noise and starry sky in good weather, such an extraordinary experience.  Then if you are a light sleeper you may want to stay in rooms in the annex.  The rooms would be very quiet.  Basically, the wooden traditional building has no latest soundproofing.  Your ear may catch some noise if you stay at the main building.  Ryokan Sanga was built a long time ago so it may be impossible to install the latest one.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese mattresses on tatami mats, you should stay in the room called “Nemu-no-ki”.  The room only has twin beds.
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How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, a green tea set, and yukatas, etc.  *Please note that a hairdryer provided in each room is not powerful.  If you need a better one, you can request it at the reception.  Electric energy is very limited in Kurokawa Onsen so it would be impossible to use powerful ones for all guests.  Also, there are some regulations about shampoo, soap, and detergent, etc., to protect the environment.  These qualities provided in bathrooms tend to be inferior.  You might want to bring yours if you are particular.  Then there is no convenience store nearby.  You might want to buy your necessities before coming here.  Room service is not available.   The free WiFi reception was available in the lobby, library, and dining area only.  Also, the signal was really weak.  Only NTT Docomo should be OK.

How about In-house Facilities?

The onsen ryokan has some amazing communal indoor and outdoor hot springs.  The spring quality is thick, soft, and smooth, like skin lotion.  Also, you have free access to three private family hot springs.  You need to book when you check-in if you want to use them.  The communal ones are open from 6:00 to 22:30.  The indoor private family stone baths are open from 6:00-10:00, 15:00-24:00.  The outdoor private family one is open from 7:30-10:00, 15:00-22:00.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use reserved private family baths, or book rooms with private ones.  Then Ryokan Sanga is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, you might want to stay in rooms in the annex with private hot springs.  There are a few steps.  There is no lift.
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How about meals?

The local cuisine for dinner and breakfast was great.  It may be a little challenging for the western palate.  The portion tends to be average.  All meals are served in a private room in a dining area.  If you bring small children, all meals would be served in your room.  Also if you stay in the rooms in the annex, all meals are served in your room.  Dinner starts from 18:00, 18:30 or 19:00.  Breakfast starts from 8:00 to 9:00.  *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies or dietary needs.  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.  The location is out of the way.  You may want to book a room including meals.

My impressions

Overall rooms in the main building tend to be at an affordable price, but if you want to stay in a serene atmosphere, I would recommend rooms in the annex.  At last, if you want to chill out here 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 Sanga from the below space.  You need to inform the staff of your time and means of arrival in advance.   Check Availability and Pricing for the onsen ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Ryokan Sanga

Style Traditional Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Only the room called “Nemu-no-Ki” until 11:00 AM
Estimated Price 32,400 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at +81 967-44-0906 from overseas
Call at 0967-44-0906 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 Ryokan Sanga’s MAP
Access Free shuttle bus from Kurokawa Onsen Bus Stop
Address and TEL  6961-1 Manganji‎ Minamioguni-machi, Aso-gun,
Kumamoto 869-2402  Tel +81 967-44-0906
Official Homepage Ryokan Sanga’s HP

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