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The Kurokawa Onsen (Hot Spring)in Kumamoto Prefecture is one of the most popular and famous onsen spots on the island of Kyushu. It’s located at an altitude of 700 m, where inns are found standing alongside the River Tanohara, a tributary of River Chikugo. A therapeutic and relaxing atmosphere can be found here. The popular Kurokawa curio, ‘Nyuto Tegata(Bathing Pass)’, which is made of branded thin Oguni cedar wood, is an entrance pass for 3 different open-air hot springs at the inns. The ticket is valid for 6 months.
At the Igoita Zizo hot Spring cooking rather than bathing are done .The local people use the hot waters to boil vegetables and eggs, and drink from the hot spring. There is a public bathhouse “Zizo Yu (bath)” at the bottom of the road, which is known as the original hot spring and it is said that a hot spring erupted there according to the Neck-less Zizo legend. It has been used by the local people since ancient times.
Spring Quality: 42-90 ℃, Sodium chloride spring, Sulfate chloride spring, etc
Beneficial for: Wounds, Neuralgia, and Rheumatism
Formation of Institution: 300 years ago in the Edo Era
Leisurely Soak without Staying: Possible
Drinking from the Hot Spring: Possible
Benefits of Drinking Hot Spring water: Stomach Regulation (Information is offered at Fumoto Ryokan, Ikoi Ryokan and Okyakuya Ryokan)
Relax at hot springs