|Monday, Sept. 18
Kurokawa Onsen evening
The woman at the hostel offered to drive us to Kurokawa
Onsen, since we didn't want to have to bike back in the dark. We bathed
at Shinmeikan, an onsen that
included a little cave with dimly lighted passages -- very atmospheric.
We didn't figure out until after we had bathed in separate areas -- me
in the cave and Rick under a thatched roof outdoors -- that the outdoor
part was co-ed and that another couple was waiting for Rick to leave so
they could have privacy there.
We asked the waitress which onsen she liked and she circled Okunoyu on the Kurokawa map. We walked there, but it was closed for the evening. A friendly young woman at the desk spoke some English and called a taxi for us and chatted with us while we waited.