Kurokawa onsen gosho Gekkoju

Kurokawa Onsen

Japan’s famous spa area Kurokawa Onsen where Japanese nature
and the finest hospitality can be fully appreciated

Even in Japan which is blessed with countless spa areas, Kurokawa Onsen is known as one of its most popular. Nestled in a mountain valley, and home to a little over twenty pure-Japanese-style inns, it was highly commended in the 2009 edition of the Michelin Green Guide Japan. Gekkoju is a very special Japanese inn with just eight rooms set extravagantly in an area of 14,850 square meters (more than 3.5 acres). The views from the rooms, comfort, food, hot springs—all are provided with sincerest hospitality. Enjoy a peaceful, enriching time here with someone special.

Hot Springs

Enjoy an open-air bath cradled in the mountains of Japan under
a star-filled night sky

Every room at Gekkoju has inside and open-air baths each fed by a plentiful free-flowing hot spring directly from source. A mountain-top open-air bath that looks out over a 360-degree view is also available within the grounds for exclusive reservation. Fully appreciate the healing experience of perfectly clear morning air, a cloudlessly-clear daytime sky, or the moon and stars at night, with someone special.

Hot spring water quality: mildly alkaline simple hot springs, with water flowing directly from source
Beneficial effects of bathing can include: relief from neuralgia, muscle soreness, painful joints, frozen shoulder, motor paralysis, stiff joints, bruises, sprains, hemorrhoids, chronic digestive diseases, sensitivity to cold, and fatigue, as well as promotion of health and support in recovery during convalescence.

Guest Rooms

The luxury of just eight rooms in 14,850 square meters
(more than 3.5 acres) of grounds

Located in the mountains and surrounded by trees, Gekkoju is styled after a luxury retreat where privacy is ensured. All rooms have both an inside bath, and open-air bath with a wood terrace, which are fed by free-flowing hot spring water directly from source. In addition to guest-room meal service, there is a restaurant and bar available for use within the grounds, as well as esthetic treatments done entirely by hand. Set your mind and body free!
* If you would like to receive an esthetic treatment, please apply at the time of making your reservation. Please enter “I wish to receive an esthetic treatment” in the Notes column when making your reservation to stay by Internet.
* Free Wi-Fi is available within buildings.

  • TENSHIN

    The good feeling of the open-air bath with spacious wood terrace surrounded by greenery brings the urge to breathe deeply. This room is barrier-free.

    88.33m2 (950 sq ft)

    Living room with tatami mats + bedroom (2 semi-double beds) + irori room + indoor bath + open-air bath with wood terrace

  • YOIMACHI

    The pleasant murmuring of the nearby mountain stream can have a powerful healing effect. Time spent in the open-air bath enveloped in greenery is restoring.

    97.15m2 (1,045 sq ft; 2 floors)

    Living room with tatami mats + bedroom (2 semi-double beds) + irori room + indoor bath + open-air bath with wood terrace

  • ARIAKE

    Listening to birdsong while soaking in the circular open-air bath brings a sense of one’s heart being cleansed. Wrapped in the silence of nature, this room is a wonderful place to just be.

    82.27m2 (885 sq ft)

    Living room with tatami mats + bedroom (2 semi-double beds) + irori room + indoor bath + open-air bath with wood terrace

  • YUMIHARI

    This is the only room with an open-air bath that creates the feeling of being in a wilderness cave. Enjoy a feeling of bliss from being surrounded by nature.

    86.95m2 (936 sq ft)

    Living room with tatami mats + bedroom (2 semi-double beds) + irori room + indoor bath + open-air bath with wood terrace + foot bath

  • KAZEMACHI

    A luxurious room with spectacular scenery. On entering, the spacious interior and the mountains of Aso jump to the eye to form a single picture.

    99.25 m2 (1,068 sq ft)

    Japanese-style room + living room + bedroom (2 semi-double beds) + irori room + indoor bath + open-air bath with wood terrace

  • YUMEMI

    The room incorporates a circular open-air bath, and tearoom that conveys the Japanese taste for quiet simplicity. Experience a world of deep traditional harmony.

    97.92m2 (1,054 sq ft)

    Japanese-style room + living room + bedroom (2 semi-double beds) + irori room + indoor bath + open-air bath with wood terrace + tearoom

  • IZAYOI

    This sumptuous room has a combined inside and open-air bath. The large frame from an old Japanese wooden house gives the interior a beautiful openness.

    95.23m2 (1,025 sq ft)

    Japanese-style room + bedroom (2 semi-double beds) + irori room + indoor bath + open-air bath with wood terrace

  • KAGETSU

    This being the closest room to the stars and moon in the Kurokawa area makes it special. Enjoy views of beautiful Japanese terraced rice fields, and the mountains of Aso and Kuju.

    99.11m2 (1,066 sq ft;
    special room)

    Japanese-style room + living room + bedroom (2 semi-double beds) + irori room + indoor bath + open-air bath with wood terrace + tsukimidai (moon-viewing place)

Check-in time / Check-out time 15:00 / 11:00
Number of guest rooms 8 rooms
Please note that pets are not accepted at Gekkoju.
Check-out • In case you would like to pay in cash, please settle your bill in your room when checking out. In case you would like to pay using a credit card, please settle your bill at the front desk. (Major cards accepted include: JCB, Visa, Mastercard, UC, American Express, Diner’s Club, Saison, Rakuten KC,OC and Union Pay.)
• When inviting friends or others to stay at your expense, please pay in advance by bank transfer.
* Please do not hesitate to call on the front desk or room clerk.

Cuisine

Providing the finest quality Japanese cuisine prepared with Kyushu-produced vegetables, branded beef and seafood

Kumamoto is blessed with variety and quality in food, including local branded beef such as Higo beef and Aso-ou beef, seasonal seafood from inshore seas, together with locally-grown vegetables and edible wild plants. In the preparation of seasonal food, Gekkoju places great value on the tradition of Japanese cuisine, while at the same time constantly introducing new inspiration into its dishes.
* Please give details of any food allergies or dietary restrictions you may have when making your reservation.

Tourist Attractions

  • Aso Municipal Road Kario Main Line (Laputa Road)
  • Minami-Aso Railway Torokko Train
  • Kusasenri
  • Suizenji Jojuen Park

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Access

By car:
• Fukuoka City → Kyushu Expressway → Oita Expressway Hita IC → National Route 212 → National Route 442 → Gekkoju (122km, approx. 2 hours 12 minutes)
• Kumamoto Airport → Prefectural Road 36 → Prefectural Road 339 → Prefectural Road 12 → National Route 212 → National Route 442 → Gekkoju (59km, approx. 1 hour 24 minutes)
• Kumamoto City → Prefectural Road 28 → National Route 57 → Prefectural Road 339 → Prefectural Road 12 → National Route 212 → National Route 442 → Gekkoju (71.1km, approx. 1 hour 54 minutes)
• Beppu City, Oita → Oita Expressway → Kuju IC → National Route 387 → National Route 442 → Gekkoju (72.2km, approx. 1 hour 22 minutes)

* Pickup is available between Gekkoju and Kurokawa Onsen bus stop.

* Please inform us of your expected arrival time no later than the day before arrival.
Email: front@gekkoujyu.com TEL: +81-967-44-1717

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