Kurokawa Onsen Yama no Yado Shinmeikan

Kurokawa Onsen Yama no Yado Shinmeikan

What kind of onsen ryokan is Kurokawa Onsen Yama no Yado Shinmeikan?

Kurokawa Onsen Yama no Yado Shinmeikan
This is a traditional mountain hut.  The onsen ryokan wouldn’t be luxury, but the software is absolutely wonderful.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, I would recommend it.  Perhaps if you want to experience a traditional mountain hut adventure in Kurokawa Onsen, you should stay here.  On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, you should find others.  Facilities tend to be old fashioned.  Yama no Yado Shinmeikan would be great for couples, solo travelers, small groups, or family.  The ambiance is cozy, friendly, and relaxed.  There are 13 rooms only.  We felt that we were being pulled into old-Japan.
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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. It takes around 5min on foot from the bus stop, though.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with river views.  All rooms tend to be cramped but clean, well-maintained, and quaint.   Then there is no room with western beds.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese mattresses in tatami rooms, you may want to find others.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, a green tea set, and yukatas.  Kurokawa Onsen has some regulations about shampoo, soap, and detergent, etc., to protect the environment.  Those qualities tend to be inferior.  You might want to bring yours if you are particular.  Also, the hairdryer provided in our room was not powerful.  Then there is a vending machine for drinks.   Complimentary coffee is available in the lobby.  Room service is not available.  Free WiFi reception was available in the lobby only, but it was weak.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are amazing communal hot springs.  They are surprisingly unique.  You should try all of them during your stay.  The water temperature was just nice.  The spring quality was absolutely perfect.  The stone and cave hot springs are open from 6:30 to 22:30.  Also, there are two private family ones which you can use for free.  You need to book at the front desk if you want to use them.  The private family ones are open from 15:00-9:30 the following morning.  On top of that, you can use communal hot springs in the sister inns, “Yamamizuki” and “Ryokan Miyama Sansou.  Don’t forget to visit two of them.  Staff can bring you to the venues.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use reserved private family baths instead.  Then Yama no Yado Shinmeikan is not a universal design.  There are many steps.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to find others.
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How about meals?

The countryside Irori cuisine using lots of local ingredients for dinner and breakfast was simply wonderful.  The portion tends to be average.  All meals are served in a dining area.   *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.  Local papa-mama shops are closing early.  You may want to book a room including meals.

My impressions

Overall,  the onsen ryokan has good value for money.  The experience was very unique. It will be your best memory.  Anyway, the ryokan is one of the very popular and an icon of Kurokawa Onsen.  If you want to chill out here in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekends in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and new year holiday.   At last, if you drive a car, be careful.  There are many narrow and one-way streets around the property.  Also, you may be stuck in a traffic jam during the busy season.  It would be hard to drive, especially snowy days.  I would recommend visiting Kurokawa Onsen by public transportation.  The property is located in the center of the town.  Absolutely you can fully enjoy going on a hot spring hopping in Yukata whenever you like.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Yama no Yado Shinmeikan from the below space.   You need to inform the staff of your arrival time and means in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Kurokawa Onsen Yama no Yado Shinmeikan

Style Japanese-style mountain hut
Check-in and out times
15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 35,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
info@sinmeikan.jp 
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 Kurokawa Onsen Yama no Yado Shinmeikan’s MAP
Access Free shuttle bus from Kurokawa Onsen Bus Stop
Address and TEL 〒869-2400 Kumamoto, Aso District,
Minamioguni-machi, Kurokawa Onsen
Tel +81 967-44-0916
Official Homepage Kurokawa Onsen Yama no Yado Shinmeikan’s HP 
*Japanese Only

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