The second onsen place we visited in a row, Beppu, is bigger and more of a city than Kurokawa onsen. When we arrived with a bus, a Beppu looked like a normal city but on a closer look (when you go up the streets) we could see steam rising from several points. Cool! The weather was quite rainy (damn you June!) but we still got to do some sightseeing. A friend from Couchsurfing guided us around Beppu, and we got to see the steaming vegetables, steam foot bath…

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….