Kurokawa onsen is one of Kyushu's best onsen resorts.
Kurokawa has grown in popularity over the last ten years and despite its reasonably out-of-the-way location, it is best to spend a night here to sample the special atmosphere in the early morning and the evening when the day-trippers are not in town.
Kurokawa has over 20 hot springs situated along the river at the foot of the steep, wooded valley. There are some excellent rotemburo (outside baths) and prices for some of the public spas start as low as 100 yen.
Accommodation options with breakfast and evening meal in any of Kurokawa's ryokan are on the expensive side but great service and food translates to excellent value for money.
Kurokawa's tourist office (Tel: 0967 44 0076; 9am-6pm) offers a map of the spas and a day pass (1200 yen) for entry to three onsen.
Kurokawa's most well-known hot spas include: Shinmeikan (Tel: 0967 44 0916), which has mixed bathing rotemburo and a cave bath, Yamabiko Ryokan (Tel: 0967 44-0311) has a huge outdoor hot pool and beautiful gardens and is entered via the roofed bridge over the river, Kurokawa-so (Tel: 0967 44 0517) has excellent, rocky, outdoor pools.
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* Aso Caldera.Huge volcanic caldera - largest active caldera in the world.
* Situated between Kumamoto and Beppu in Kyushu.
* Area consists of five major peaks.
* Many nearby onsen hot springs.
* Population around 30,000.
* Writer Akiko Yosano spent time here.
6. 自然食バイキング 乙姫の森 buffet restaurant Otohime no Mori
Address: 長崎県雲仙市 (map)
As the elevation of Mt. Unzen-dake as a whole is quite high, summer-green forests that are rare for Kyushu abound in this area. Throughout the green season, visitors can explore various types of flowering grasses, wild birds, and more. A wide array of trees that don autumnal colors, including maple, also grow here and their foliage helps to create superb landscape scenes in the fall. Frost is produced at the summit in around February of each year. This phenomenon is known locally as hana-boro ("flowery clusters of ice") and is beloved as a scenic attraction that symbolizes Unzen in winter.
Address: 2935-1 Shinko-cho, Karatsu -city , 847-0047, Japan (map)
a nice city on the way from Nagasaki to Fukuoka, known for porcelin
"Karatsu（唐津）" , which was a front (port:津・港) with continents such as Tang(kara:韓・唐) in old days, faces the bountiful sea, the Genkai Sea, bringing up much life, and is defended by the deep, clean natural mountains. Karatsu is the place to have filled the history romance, and there you can feel the graceful and solemn god rhyme of the nature, the wind of Myriad Leaves and the fragrance of Momoyama Period Culture.
Address: 佐賀県唐津市二タ子3-11-20 (map) Phone: Kagami & Hamatama-cho, Karatsu-shi, Saga
As one of the three largest pine groves in Japan - alongside the Miho-no-Matsubara in Shizuoka Prefecture and the Kehi-no-Matsubara in Fukui Prefecture, the Niji-no-Matsubara has been designated a national natural asset. The million or so black pines running 5 km. along the coastline are a popular tourist destination in summer bringing in many campers and swimmers.