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Where to stay in Kurokawa Onsen
On the whole, most of the ryokans in the hot spring town tend to have cramped rooms compared to those a little further away. Since the hot spring town is small, the land is limited. On the contrary, ryokans located a little farther away from the hot spring town tend to be located on a vast area, in a style similar to a traditional mountain villa, with spacious rooms. If you are visiting Kurokawa Onsen for the first time, it would be easier and more enjoyable to stay at a ryokan in the hot spring town. The narrow alleys are lined with small local souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants, so it is fun to check in at a ryokan, change into yukata, and take a walk around the area.
If you are planning to stay in Kurokawa Onsen for more than two nights, it would be a good idea to stay in the hot spring town for one day and stay at a ryokan a little farther away from the hot spring town for the second day. A five-minute drive will take you to the peaceful Japanese countryside, and you will feel as if you are going back in time. The hot spring town is bustling, but this area is very tranquil.
Then during the Yuakari Festival, it is recommended to stay in the hot spring town. After dinner, you can take a stroll to see the Yuakari. The hot spring town will be enveloped in a mystical atmosphere.
Best time to go to Kurokawa Onsen
Kurokawa Onsen is a place where you can enjoy the scenery of all four seasons, but it is especially wonderful in spring and autumn.
In spring, the mountain cherry blossoms bloom beautifully, and in summer it is relatively cool, making it a popular summer resort. In autumn, the mountains turn red and yellow. In the winter, the outdoor hot spring bath with a view of the snow is very special. Also, the Yuakari Festival is held between Dec to April. *The period of the festival changes every year.
Then Chinese New Year, late April to early May, weekends in October and November, and the end and beginning of the year are all busy times in the hot spring town, so it is best to avoid them if possible.
Onsen means “hot spring” in Japanese.
Ryokan means a traditional Japanese hotel.