Our senses were screaming with joy. All we could talk about was when to go to the onsen, should we visit the outdoor onsen or book a private one. Later we should go for a quick dip in our private one. This was our topic of conversation in Ryokan Sanga which is situated in a town of hot springs – Kurokawa Onsen (Japan). You can read more about our experience here. And then it was time for dinner. The staff didn’t speak English so good so we actually…

After we survived the freezing night at the Chaya No Hara camp, a car picked us up in the morning from Ryokan Sanga. We were invited to spend a night in one of the most famous ryokans in Kurokawa Onsen. Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn with tatami mats on the floors, thin walls with slide doors and minimalistic style. Ryokan Sanga is set in a forest, a short drive from Kurokawa Onsen. A stream runs by and gives the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere….

Kurokawa Onsen is a town of onsens or natural steam baths. It’s very rustical and butique and most people come for a daily visit and buy the daily pass for 1300 ¥ (for 3 onsen). Accomodation is quite sparse and very expensive. Chaya No Hata camp is 6 km outside of Kurokawa Onsen. There is no bus from Kurokawa so your best way is to hitchhike or walk (if you don’t have your own car). We walked and it took us a good hour, especially with our heavy…

After visiting the neat little town of Aso, just under magnificent Mount Aso volcano, we were anxious to try our new tent. The weather wasn’t really good, it was raining a lot and the temperature was around 19 C during the day and 15 C at night. After one year and half of summer, our bodies are not adjusted to this kind of cold 🙂 We found a nice campground 6 km from Kurokawa Onsen, called Chaya No Hara. We hitchhiked from Aso and a nice lady took…