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Onsen hopping

ONSEN-HOPPING PASS ONLY ¥1300!!
 Available from the Visitor Center or the reception desk at any of the 24 participating Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Association member inns. This wooden onsen-hopping pass (nyuto tegata 入湯 手形) lets you try 3 different outdoor baths (rotenburo 露天風呂) for only ¥1300* Just pop it round your neck, and present it each time you visit a different bath so it can be stamped. It's valid for upto 6 months, and you can also keep it as a souvenir of your trip. Please purchase one pass per person. A children's pass is available for ¥700.

BATH OPENING TIMES 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(However, please note that at certain times some baths may be closed for cleaning or maintenance work. We recommend that you check the daily onsen updates above.) 

Bathing etiquette

TAKING A DIP、KUROKAWA STYLE…
Several inns switch their baths over once or twice a day so first check that you enter the correct changing room or bathing area! 
女性 (josei) WOMEN   男性 (dansei) MEN
A mixed bath  (混浴風呂 konyoku buro) will also have gender separate changing areas that then lead into the mixed bath. Toilets are sometimes located outside the immediate changing/ bathing areas,so make sure you go before you change!
Take it easy if it`s your first time in a hot spring and try several short dips rather than one long one, as the water is hotter (42 C) than a normal bath.

●Remove ALL clothing and jewellery and use the basket or lockers provided. DO NOT wear a swimsuit!
●Proceed to the bath taking only a small `modesty` towel with you,shampoo (シヤンプー) and body soap (ボデーイソープ) are usually provided.
●First shower briefly, or rinse your body using a scoop or bowl provided and hot water from the bath,then enter the main bath to relax and warm up. NEVER use soap, shampoo or other products in the main bath but only in the designated washing areas. DO NOT immerse your towel in the water,but leave it on the side of the bath.
●After you have warmed up you can take a break to wash and shampoo in the washing area and perhaps try the various baths offered outdoors (露天風呂 rotenburo) and indoors (内風呂 uchiburo). Be sure to rinse off any suds before entering the main bath again.
●Finally,there`s no need to rinse the beneficial hot spring waters from your skin,but do use your towel to wipe off excess water before returning to the changing room.
●Most inns provide a room(休憩場 kyukeijo) or area where you may then drink water (available from water coolers or a spout with a ladle) and relax after your dip.


PLEASE use lockers for your valuables!
PLEASE do not take food and drink into the bathing areas!
PLEASE mind your step in and around the baths!

Onsen propertieas and effects

WHAT'S IN THE WATER?


Kurokawa's hot spring waters are cooled to between 40 and 42℃ for comfortable bathing. Generally the waters are

ideal for relaxing, soaking tired muscles and pampering the skin, and certain types of spring are said to help treat

specific illnesses and conditions.

The following is a very simple KEY to the eight recognised categories of hot spring waters found in Kurokawa.
 

Mildly Acidic Simple Springs tanjyunsen 単純泉) PH3~6 are suitable for all skin

types and may help relieve fatigue and insomnia.

Mildly Alkaline Simple Springs tanjyunsen arukari-sei 単純泉アルカリ性) PH

7.5~8.5, suitable for all skin types and said to smooth the skin.

Sulphur Springs iousen 硫黄泉) give off a characteristic smell and are often

cloudy or milky, useful in the treatment of acne and skin complaints.

Hydrogen Carbonate Springs tansansuisoensen 炭酸水素塩泉) are refreshing and

said to soothe burns and help heal scars.

Chloride Springs enkabutsusen 塩化物泉) and

Sulphate Springs ryusannensen 硫酸塩泉) are both saline springs which help

the body to retain heat and the skin to retain moisture.

Ferruginous ironSprings gantetsusen 含鉄泉) said to help treat anemia,

rheumatism and excema.

Acidic Springs sanseisen 酸性泉) PH2~3 have a powerful antibacterial quality

and although they may be used to treat athlete's foot and certain skin diseases

they are not suitable for sensitive skin.
 

*More detailed information about bathing in Japanese Hot Springs may be found in English, Chinese and Korean on

the Japan Health and Research Institute website: www.jph-ri.or.jp 

Private bathing

 PRIVATE BATH HIRE
If you want to try the hot springs but would prefer a "private" or "family" bath(貸切 り風呂 kashikiri buro) these are also available for visitors to hire at eight inns around Kurokawa. However, please note that the Onsen-Hopping Pass does NOT include this type of private bath hire. Opening times and fees will vary (as a rough guide ¥1000 per person per 50 or 60 min time slot) and at busy times you may need to wait.


 

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