What kind of onsen ryokan is Tobise Onsen Tenga Sanso?
If you are looking for rooms with big private hot springs, I would recommend it. Perhaps, if you are looking for very cozy mountain-huts near Kurokawa Onsen, you should stay here. On the other hand, if you want to hang out around Kurokawa onsen in Yukata whenever you like, this is not. The location is a 5min drive away from the center of Kurokawa Onsen. Once we entered the property, we felt that we were being pulled into old-Japan. Overall interior, furniture, and decorations wouldn’t be sophisticated but the ambiance is cozy, friendly, and comfortable. Home appliances, such as air-conditioning, hairdryers, and toilet seat functions tend to be the latest. The housekeeping was excellent. The property would be great for family, couples, small groups, or solo travelers. *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies. There are only 7 rooms. Tobise Onsen Tenga Sanso is like a hideaway for adults. We never met other guests during our stay.
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Is the location easy to access?
Yes, free shuttle service is available from Kurokawa Onsen Bus stop. You need to book it in advance.
Rooms I would recommend?
If you are going to stay here, I would recommend western-Japanese rooms. The rooms have western beds on tatami mats. Each room has a cozy wooden terrace and a big private hot spring. We chilled out at the terrace with a beer in hand while hearing white noise from the forest. Then we spent a lot of time jumping in and out of our private hot spring until check-out time. The spring quality is smooth, soft, and moist. If you are a hot spring freak, you must be happy.
How about toiletries & in-room amenities?
All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, tea bags, pajamas, yukatas, and a coffee machine with beans. Also, an air cleaner and a DVD player were placed in our room. The free WiFi reception was good in the property when we stayed in 2019. There is a vending machine for drinks. Complimentary coffee, wheat tea, and Japanese sake are available in the lobby.
How about In-house Facilities?
You have free access to three private family hot springs with panoramic views that you can use whenever they are not occupied. We are overwhelmed with the beauty of the landscapes. You can take a cable car to the private hot springs. You must be excited. All of them are open from 6:00-9:00, 15:00-23:00. Then Tobise Onsen Tenga Sanso is not a universal design and there are some steps but once you enter your room, you wouldn’t need to move around as each room has a private hot spring. If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance.
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How about meals?
The local food experience was wonderful. All local ingredients are so fresh, tasty, and exquisite, especially, Japanese Wagyu beef. The portion tends to be big. All meals are served in a private room. Dinner starts from 18:00, 18:30, or 19:00. Breakfast starts from 8:00 8:30, or 9:00. *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 wouldn’t be restaurants around the property. The location is deep in the mountains. You may want to book a room including meals. There is no convenience store, no café, and no shop, etc.
All staff tends to be friendly, but they wouldn’t be sophisticated. I guess it’s OK as this is Kumamoto Prefecture. Overall, the price range would be reasonable. If relaxation in beautiful nature is your main purpose, it’s well worth staying at Tobise Onsen Tenga Sanso. Anyway, the best season to stay here would be except for the summer season. There would be many bugs around the property as it’s surrounded by rich nature. If you are metropolitan, you should avoid staying here in summer. At last, there are some narrow mountain roads. There is no traffic light. There are few street lights around here. You may want to use public transportation instead of a personal car. Have a nice trip! Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space. If you check-in after 18:00, you need to inform the staff in advance. Check Availability and Pricing for the onsen ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda
Info about Tobise Onsen Tenga Sanso
|Style||Traditional Japanese mountain hut|
|Check-in and out times
|Estimated Price||50,000 JPY for 2 adults per room|
|Internet Connection||Free wifi in the property|
|Facility Information||Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
|Access||Free pick-up service
from Kurokawa Onsen Bus Stop
|Address and TEL|
*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.