Ryokan Sanga is a lakeside Japanese inn, situated on the riverbanks of Tanoharu River in Minamioguni, Aso District, Kumamoto Prefecture. Surrounded by the tranquility of gardens, the river and nature, the cozy inn emits a relaxing ambiance.
The quaint accommodation has 16 traditional Japanese-style rooms fitted with tatami mats and futon bedding, as well as low furniture. In-room massages are also offered upon request. One night’s stay ranges from 15,000 to 50,000 JPY.
In addition, Ryokan Sanga has multiple hot-spring bath options–open-air communal baths, male and female baths, of which are surrounded by gardens, as well as indoor baths. There are also private options for the guests, also with open-air and indoor variations.
A luxurious Japanese kaiseki dinner is served in the dining room, featuring the area’s local beef, additionally, a traditional breakfast is also served in the mornings.
Ryokan Sanga is accessible by taking a bus from Fukuoka Airport. The inn is operating normally with safety measures in place and limited acceptance to prevent the spread of infection.
Book Ryokan Sanga in Aso / Kurokawa Onsen – An elegant inn situated in the mountains surrounded by nature. With three types of private-use hot spring baths.
Access: This ryokan is accessible from the Fukuoka Airport by taking a 2h 20 min bus ride.
Top hot spring resort – Kurokawa, Kyushu
Kurokawa is an atmospheric hot springs resort surrounded by mountains. Famous as a town of hot springs that is pleasant for strolling through.
*There is a mixed open-air bath here.
Rooms with open-air baths
Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Is there a communal shared public bath?
Are there additional rental options?
With open-air tubs 1 With indoor tubs 2 With both indoor and outdoor tubs 0 Hours 15:00 – 24:00, 06:00 – 10:00 Price Free / 60 minutes How to book Reserve upon check-in
Price range (yen)
15,000 – 50,000
The price includes one dinner and one breakfast
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Total rating: 4.5
Beautiful property, lovely onsens, comfortable rooms, fantastic staff but ...
The property is gorgeous. Gardens are so lovingly cared for.
We were warmly welcomed by the parking lot attendant, front desk staff and everyone else we met.
The baths, especially the rotemburo, are fantastic. Spotlessly clean, large enough to get a variety of temperatures. The baths were nicer than almost any other ryokan I've stayed at.
The room was very clean and comfortable. Had all we needed included an ensuite toilet. The futon was not a traditional futon but was a multilayered foam bed called Body Zero. It was one of the absolutely most comfortable things I have ever slept on in my life. Wanted to buy some for our home in Canada but they are almost $600 each!
We partly chose it because Ryokan Sanga is a bit off the beaten path for Kurokawa. This is both good as it was very quiet there but a bit inconvenient if you wanted to walk about the town at night. There is a shuttle but you know, when you're on holidays sometimes you get a bit lazy.
The food was delicious. Varied, tasty, well cooked, interesting and exactly what we were looking for in a ryokan.
The only reasons we have not given this property a 5 is two fold. One we ate at tables in a room with all the other foreigners staying that night. Food was not offered to us in our room which is in our experience the more common theme and the fact that we were segregated was a bit odd.
Having said that was not the main reason. The pace of the meal was much much too quick for us and we felt very rushed at both dinner and breakfast. We usually had not finished a course when another arrived. It seemed someone, either the kitchen or the servers, was in a major hurry. The food was delicious. We loved it all but when you're feeling rushed it really takes away from enjoying the meal and relaxing.
I would definitely stay there again but would need to be reassured that we could enjoy our meals at a more leisurely pace.
Really enjoy this property and gladly recommend to all. We hope to return soon.
Wonderful stay at Ryokan Sanga Onsen, we love the place so much.
Our room was very large with a little sitting area that overlooks the waterfall river area and from where you can open the windows and go to sleep listening to water sounds. The room was a traditional tatami mat room. The Japanese futons were comfortable. The view from our room fantastic.
The food both Breakfast and Dinner were very authentic and the staff members were very kind and polite.
The outdoor baths in both female and mixed were amazing, surrounding by a beautiful nature. We also had been to 2 private baths, both were very impressive.
We had an extremely relaxing traditional feeling to it. This place made our holiday very special.
Rural Japan- its pristine charm doesn’t get enough it will keep us coming back.
Tucked in a secluded forest in Kurokawa, Ryokan Sanga is not just a place to stay the night- it is an experience.
The bus ride from Fukuoka was worth the trip. We had the serenity and calmness in the middle of the forested Mount Aso. The kaiseki meal was great( took us 2 hours to finish) and the outdoor bath soothed my senses under a canopy of autumn colors. Opt for a room with a private stone bath in case you are going during peak season, when the rotenburos get crowded. Since it was too early for us to check in, we were allowed to keep our luggage in the ryokan and were shuttled back to the center where we roamed around seeing the river and bath houses, and eating whatever we fancied. Dont just do a day trip, stay overnight and experience the place
A truly special Ryokan in Kurokawa!
If you're going to Kurokawa, this is definitely the Ryokan to stay in! I've been to several Ryokans in Japan, and this one is really magical - as is the town of Kurokawa.
The rooms are spacious and traditional, and the food was exceptional. The staff also go above and beyond and are friendly, helpful and attentive. The location is a little far from central town, but with it being slightly out the way in the forest adds to its charm - and they run a free shuttle bus which is very flexible with timings, so not issues getting to other onsen or shops.
You can also hire private baths for free (as well as visit the communal baths,) which is amazing.
It's definitely worth every penny!
Excellent but the kids went hungry
Loved the onsens, location & food. A delight for our whole family.
The only reason for 4 not 5 stars is because our kids (9 & 11) went hungry on day 2.
First night they were given 3 courses (our 8 course meal from the ‘October Menu’ was superb) and we were all happy. The kids food was done very well.
But the second night they were given only one course. Not three as the night before. We gave them our rice as they were hungry. And when we asked if they were getting dessert (as they had the previous night & we were enjoying) we were told ‘no’. The inconsistency was confusing.