Autumn in Kurokawa Onsen

Soak up the foliage while soaking in the hot springs

By Mandy Bartok   Nov 13, 2013 - 1 min read

There's no bad time to be in Kurokawa Onsen but autumn is a particularly attractive season to spend a few days in this tiny hot springs village just north of Mt Aso. Early to mid-November brings out a blaze of maple leaves, both on the town streets and around the outdoor baths (rotemburo) of the many ryokan (traditional inns). There is a definitely a winter chill in the air by this time of year, but what better way to warm yourself than with a dip in the hot springs? Weekends in Kurokawa can get fairly crowded, so come on a weekday and you'll find the place pleasantly quiet.

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Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok @mandy.bartok

I was lucky enough to live in Japan country for 8 years, from Tokyo to Okinawa to Kumamoto.