|En route up Mount Aso|
|Welcome drink - tea and red been mochi|
Yamashinobu is a little more rustic than our ryokan in Yufuin but had its own little charm about it. It is technically not in Kurokawa but the larger Minamioguni-machi town (within the neighboring onsen area called Ota) and only a 5 minute drive from the center of Kurokawa. There was even a wood fire burning in one of the rooms where folks can gather round to get warm over hot sake.
Dinner here was Kaiseki style, with starters presented in lovely lacquer boxes.
|Chicken soup for the soul|
While this was not the best ryokan dinner I’ve had, it is memorable for the effective use of local ingredients and produce and a creative menu that was filling yet un-heavy.
|A true champ's breakfast|
Kumamoto Prefecture 869-2402