What kind of onsen ryokan is Yamamizuki?

If you are looking for a traditional onsen ryokan adventure, you should stay here.  We felt so much nostalgic in a tranquil atmosphere during our stay.  You can get much of an immersive “Good Old Japan”.  On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I would rather recommend the sister inn, Ryokan Miyama Sansou.  Yamamizuki wouldn’t be luxurious.  Facilities tend to be outdated, but the housekeeping was excellent.  The ambiance is cozy, serene, and quaint.  The property would be great for couples, solo travelers, family, or groups.
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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 rooms with private hot springs.    We spent lots of time jumping in and out of our private one until check-out time.
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How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, a coffee machine, and a green tea set, etc.  Room service is not available.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.

How about In-house Facilities?

Yamamizuki is not a universal design.  There are some steps.  If you bring people with weak feet, I would rather recommend the sister inn, Ryokan Miyama Sansou.  Then Yamamizuki has no room with western beds on tatami mats.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you might want to stay at the sister inn, Ryokan Miyama Sansou.  Then the wooden building has no latest soundproofing system.  My ear sometimes caught some noise, such as slamming doors and people talking in the hallways.  If you are a light sleeper, I would rather recommend the sister inn, Ryokan Miyama Sansou.  Then Yamamizuki has wonderful communal hot springs.  You can relax in the baths while viewing a sky full of stars in good weather.  That’s precious time.  Then there is a complimentary private family hot spring that you can use.  All of them are open for 24 hours.  Also, you can use communal hot springs in the sister inns, Yama no Yado Shinmeikan and Ryokan Miyama Sansou.  Don’t forget to visit two of them.  Each communal onsen has a unique atmosphere. *If you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use reserved private family baths, or book a room with a private one.
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How about meals?

The local cuisine experience for dinner and breakfast was good, but it wouldn’t be special.  The portion tends to be small.  All meals are served in a dining area.  Dinner starts from 18:00 or 18:30.  Breakfast starts from 7:00, 7:30, or 8:00.  If you are a gourmet, you might want to stay at the sister inn, Ryokan Miyama Sansou.  The food would be much more sophisticated than Yamamizuki.  *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.  If you have dinner on the property, you need to check-in by 18:00.  Then there are few restaurants for dinner around here.  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 welcoming.  You can experience Japanese-specific hospitality with a personal touch.  We had a marvelous time at the ryokan.  Overall the property has good value for money.  It seems that many guests try to book rooms for the next trip to Kurokawa Onsen when they check out.   That’s why it wouldn’t be easy to book a room, especially the weekend.  At last, the best season to stay here would be in spring or fall.  You can view beautiful landscapes while soaking in the outdoor baths.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space. You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time in advance.   Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Yamamizuki

Style Traditional Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 38,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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 Yamamizuki’s MAP
Access free pick-up from Kurokawa Onsen Bus Stop
Need to book it in advance
Address and TEL 〒869-2402 Kumamoto, Aso, Minami
Oguni-Machi, Kurokawa Onsen 6392-2
Tel +81-967-44-0336
Official Homepage Yamamizuki’s HP

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